A sincere person, anxious to have more of God perceived that there was something about the Lord’s Table, the bread and the wine that was life-giving. So he began eating the symbols twice daily. But the eating of Jesus’ flesh and drinking His blood is a sign of what is – of the reality in which we live in the new testament age. Christ and not only Jesus but the trinity have been woven into our being. The difference between putting faith in a rite and the simple living of its reality – the incarnation of God in us – is the difference between living in religion and living in God. God is in you. You and Father are one. Rejoice and step into it.
A racist cartoon of Serena Williams appeared in the Herald-Sun. The ugly and exaggerated depiction was unmistakably her – a parody meant to strip her of humanity and load her with condemnation.
The Enemy succeeded in seeding a parody of God into human hearts. Such parodies appeared in the grotesque idols and in the generally austere impression of our Father that still claims a place as ‘good religion’ in some quarters to this day.
The Enemy has continually sought by false narrative and subtle distortions to warp our conception of God. This has continued into the new testament age with the law, performance and religion being suggested as the lens through which God is known – rather than the lens of Jesus Christ revealing our Father to humanity. To see Jesus is to see our Father declared Jesus. Jesus is known directly from encounter with Himself as are Holy Spirit and our Father. They live in us and are accessible to all who would know the truth that sets them free.
Unsurprisingly the ploy of the Enemy has been to seed distorted christs and perverted gospels into our imagination as a ploy to inveigle sincere but misguided people into spending their lives as proponents of un-gospels and crippled lives. Nevertheless God insists on penetrating our confusion and our darkness to draw us into Himself. He always has. Paul writes, ‘For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant’ Col 1.19-23 NIV.
Continuing in the faith of Jesus, of Paul and John is the key to escaping the prison of an alienated mind – a mindset that is distorted by the denial of what is accomplished by Christ and who we are since the cross. This is the gospel of our reconciliation and belonging in God.
“Reconciliation began when the Father saw that His children could not see His heart, and when the Son realized that we could not receive his Father’s love, and when the Spirit saw the joy of fellowship with the Father vanish from our lives. Reconciliation is about the Father sending His own Son into our darkness. It is about the Son identifying with us, seeing our god, feeling our fear, experiencing our brokenness.” (1) And achieving our reconciliation with God.
There are times when what is required for the rejuvenation of the church is not Holy Spirit or the gifts but the relinquishing of our gospel in favour of the gospel of Jesus and the apostles.
You don’t have to keep close to Jesus. He is in you and with you. It’s less about receiving Jesus into your life and more about you agreeing that you have been received into His. You are not separated from God and not forced to earn intimacy through sinlessness and victory. You are one with God. You and Father are one. You have intimacy with the trinity and always will. Real faith is living in this fact despite pitfalls, rebellions, folly and relapse. The bottom line is that Jesus is your grace, your life, your faith and your relationship with God.
(1) Kruger, C. Baxter. Across All Worlds: Jesus Inside Our Darkness (Kindle Locations 772-775). Perichoresis, Inc. Kindle Edition.