Our participation in the Lord’s Table is much more than giving thanks for His cross. Cross fixation is not the full gospel. The cross is about becoming one with God in His person and His life; about the truth of the Gospel that is CHRIST OUR LIFE.
The cross is at-one-ment.
As the bread and wine become you at the Lord’s Table so Jesus has become you as a result of the cross, His resurrection and the outpouring of Holy Spirit. As Jesus urged,
‘Realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NIV.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God. But it’s not the life of God unless read in the Jesus lens and unless our reading accords with the view of Jesus and the apostles. Jesus is the life of God in you. The Bible, sermons and meeting together to hear the word are the effect of this union and aids to instil its truth. The life of God in you is the trinity in you. Align yourself with God’s alignment and religious disciplines will be imbued with His life rather than becoming subtle idols.
The entire Bible is the story of God being incarnated in the world until in the fullness of time God becomes incarnated in you. Thus the purpose of Christ is not christianity. The purpose of Jesus is union with God. Because Christ is in you, this union is yours now. Just agree and it is your reality. Leanne Payne has written an excellent book entitled Real Presence. It’s about the incarnation and the reality that is Christ with us and in us.
“The death of Christ is about much more than an innocent victim dying in the place of a guilty and condemned man. It is God Himself, absorbing our problem, and through His own death, putting it to death.
Christ’s death was sin’s death, and, according to Peter, something done so that “we might die to sins”, and, “live for righteousness”.
Christ had so identified Himself with our condition, and had so allowed Himself to become entangled in it, that His death had cosmic consequences. The ancestral sin of Adam was nailed to the Cross, and put to death once and for all. When Christ breathed His last, sin breathed its last. When Christ’s heart flat lined, sin’s heart flat lined. .’ (1)
BROUGHT INTO FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD
So did separation and unworthiness. In Christ you are included in God’s Family. In Jesus you belong. In Jesus you are you and in Jesus you are a light bearer and a liberator from all that blinds and binds. Leanne Payne writes,
“Saints of all ages have made it their business to be present to God, and out of this has sprung their truest vocation. They become, therefore, the ones who blaze spiritual trails for others… courageous pathfinders… In the doing of this, no matter how much they suffer, they are to be accounted doubly blessed, for they have discovered what they were born to do.” — Leanne Payne, “The Healing Presence”, p 34.
When we step out of religion in to the living presence – Christ our life – we have been born again. Now we have a life that is not ours but a life that is our life. This life is the real you and THE YOU MANIFESTING AS SON/DAUGHTER OF GOD. This is your real self and the church composed of sons of God rather than of slaves and workers.
So Paul declares “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. “I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.’ Gal 2.20,21.
(1)Turner, Jeff. Saints in the Arms of a Happy God: Recovering the Image of God and Man (p. 111). Jeff Turner. Kindle Edition.