It’s difficult for many Believers to comprehend the meaning of ‘Christ our life’ because all their life they have made a life out of Christianity.
‘Religion’ will never be our real life.
I have been surprised at times at Christians who are attempting to get their identity from the externalities that present themselves in the world or in the church. This is inevitably some position or achievement in the church or in society and mostly the self as conceived in Adam rather than the self that is formed in Christ.
Of course it is difficult to be a ‘self’ in Christ if we have been raised to perceive Christ as Christianity.
Christ in these pages is the Christ of God incarnated in you. Once we have made the jump out of religion as the self to Christ as the self we are well positioned and free to develop in the glory that is us and incarnate any area of endeavour with the presence of God.
‘To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory’ Col 1.27 NIV.
In religion the self is problematic and the self as being ‘glorious’ may well be regarded with suspicion. But not in the new covenant where the self is reborn as the expression of Jesus. Religion has an innate power to reduce life to less than it is. When Christ is our life we are always more than we are. Here we are talking about a real union of being with God, called mysticism by some. But there’s nothing mysterious about it. It’s christ come in our flesh, which is Christ manifesting as Bob, Syd and Mary-Jane. Christ is never somewhere else, someplace else or sometime else. He is in you.
CRIPPLED BY DUALISM
Religion is always dualistic as is the Adamic life, by which we mean there is an area of endeavour and there is us. Life imparting people whether in God or near Him express who they are in their work. Those whose life is Christ - because they have been living in their inheritance of union with God share themselves and the life of God with the creation because their inner person releases rivers of spirit and life. ‘Position’ in the church is not proof that we are a life-giver. Many of the administrators I have known consistently emit rivers of sand. This is particularly so when one’s being is rooted in the law instead of in the incarnated presence of Christ in you.
BODY OF DEATH
A life in Adam which is what our life is when we living from a mindset of the old covenant is innately dead as Father told Adam it would be. A life as Christ our life is inherently alive whether one is well educated and sophisticated or a simple person of practical skills. Alive because we are the expression of the resurrection and the manifestation of life itself.
Let’s be clear. Jesus is less interested in our accomplishments and very interested in how we are doing in being ourselves. If we are an abstraction because we are an artefact of religion and the law we will be dead men talking. If Christ is our life we will be ourselves flourishing the in the I AM of our real self and ministering spirit and life.
“What Paul calls “sin” and personifies as “Adam” or the “old man” (Romans 5:12ff., 1 Corinthians 15:21ff.), many of us today might call the “human tragedy.” Whatever term you use, Paul believed Christ named the normal human situation as an entrapment, even a slavery, and, like Jesus, Paul tried to give us a way out of what he saw as ephemeral, passing, oppressive, and finally illusory. His vision was not cosmetic but revolutionary, and we miss that if we make him into a mere moralizer or “church man.”” (1)
Exactly. If we are living in the law and institutionalism we are living in Adam and hence living in an illusion. Paul was not a moralizer but a revolutionary who declared that Christ Himself is our life. Those who are alive in their spirit and awake in the soul know this, having made the incarnation their mindset and their reality. The grace of God is never an abstraction and always the manifestation of the spirit of Christ as you and as us.
‘By the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them--yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me’ 1 Cor 15.10 NIV. (1) Rohr, Richard. The Universal Christ (p. 197). SPCK. Kindle Edition.