Thomas Keeting writes, “We rarely think of the air we breathe, yet it is in us and around us all the time. In similar fashion, the presence of God penetrates us, is all around us, is always embracing us.” This is the incarnation. God is incarnated in the creation and He lives in you. As such He manifests as a your person. Jesus called this Christ come in our flesh.
A ‘deceiver’ is not necessarily a devil with horns. But more likely an operative who insists that wholeness is the flesh (religion and law) come in our flesh. Don’t be side-tracked by definitions of the Body of Christ that are really this body of death.
Live in religion and you will birth yourself as a muffled you. Agree that Christ is your life and you will be a son of God beyond expectation.
Many of us live in the illusion that we must clothe our nakedness with our religion – this is usually a religion of ‘doing,’ of stances, perspectives and behaviours that we assume, mostly incorrectly, clothe us from the nakedness generated by The Fall.
Your inheritance in Christ is simple and all sufficient. Christ is your life in the micro and the macro. The infinity of His life for our belonging in God has been called ‘the vicarious humanity of Christ.’
WALK ON WATER
Richard Rohr observes, “All great spirituality teaches about letting go of what you don’t need and who you are not. Then, when you can get little enough and naked enough and poor enough, you’ll find that the little place where you really are is ironically more than enough and is all that you need. At that place, you will have nothing to prove to anybody and nothing to protect. That place is called freedom.”
It's also the real self as distinct from the contrived, manufactured and false self. Jesus does not ask you how you are getting on keeping the commandments or living to Christian principle. He wants to know that you are living in His life, that His life for you has not been in vain because in His life in the spirit of sonship you are becoming the real you. There is nothing as exquisite or glorious as the you who is a manifestation of Christ. And nothing that is as pious and pathetic as one who has never become a person let alone a son of God – because she is tied to the law.
Keeting observes, “The chief thing that separates us from God is the thought that we are separated from God.” In this he preceded the thought of others by some decades. Entire religious cultures position themselves as merchants that consumers might come to in order to undo their separation from God. This is a massive lie and ‘the great darkness.’ You are not separated. God is in you and with you. Agree with this and you will be a manifestation of the trinity. It’s called being a son of God.