BEYOND FICTIONS AND RATIONALISATIONS
Christ shows us how to see. If our Christ is not the Christ of God but some self-generated variation we can expect to possess a cock-eyed theology and a crippled soul.
‘But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!’ Matt 6.23 NIV.
In Christ we know light and see light. He is the One Light by which all other ‘lights’ are judged. He is the light by which all revisionist versions of the knowledge of good and evil posing as ‘good religion’ are exposed. In Jesus all veils are removed – assuming that our Jesus is the Christ of God and not some self-made christ or false religious christ.
Jesus is both the way and the truth. Truth leads to new dimensions of life. Veils limit life and suffocate spirit. Veils can take the form of ideas to which we are addicted or identities we have assumed that smother our identity as sons.
‘And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit’ 2 Cor 3.18. NIV.
We can live in this transforming revelation or we can fade into ennui and delusion.
There’s a reason why the incarnation, why Christ in you, why Christ come in our flesh is the gospel and not some moral agenda, some try harder gospel. It’s because the passion of God has always been to share God’s life with daughters and sons. Moral crusades berating homosexuals, sexual deviants, alcoholics and addicts might gain points in the field of churchianity but it is not what Father offered the world. He offered the person of His Son. ‘In Him is life and that life is the life of all men and women.’
Our late ex-prime minister, Bob Hawke stated that people found it easy to approach him because he did not clothe himself in morality. There’s some truth in that. We can live to principle without condemning others or eliciting a spirit of judgment. Christianity is not a moral compendium or pious agenda. It’s not actually a religion. It’s a person with the name of Jesus Christ. This person lives to manifest as you and as us all.
Jesus never engaged in a moral rant. The only words of condemnation were reserved for those who would not receive Him as their life. Their folly condemned them because they denied Life Himself and killed Him on grounds of their morality. It’s not uncommon for morality and religion to be touted as life when its actually death. Any ‘improvement’ that is not an outgrowth of the person of Christ in us is death. It’s interesting how some Christians can have so much to say about their ‘favourite morality’ and so little to say about the sin-cancer of capitalism in which most of life is reduced to money and power.
LIFE TO THE FULL
God’s desire is that all have fullness of life and that we have it with Him. This is why it is the incarnation, Christ in us and the trinity with us, that is the life-hub of the new creation Kingdom of God.
“Before we were born, before creation was born, before we did anything right or wrong, God the Father determined that we would be brought into union with Him and made full participants in His life and glory. This is the staggering plan in the Father’s heart from all eternity. Out of the womb of this glorious purpose creation was birthed and we were given existence. Unto this end we are sustained.” (1)
This is the womb from which you came and the heaven to which you are heading. It’s the alpha and omega of Christ and the glory of the sons of God.
(1) Kruger, C. Baxter. God Is For Us. Kindle Edition. Loc.180