LIVING FROM THE BENEFITS THAT ARE ALREADY YOURS
We can make all kinds of religious motions. Yet none of these achieve what is already achieved and ours in Jesus: Union with God. We can be spiritually uplifted by a conference, encouraged by the reading of a relevant scripture, occupied by a sabbath or reminded by participating in the Lord’s Table. But none of these secure for us union with God: Because we already have it.
What they can do is provide an opportunity for the incarnated presence to ignite what we are doing. Yet there is more for us at the banquet of Christ than these sacraments. Life is a celebration of His presence in us and HIS PERSON AS US. God is incarnated in you – not in holy motions and pious ablutions. Jesus is the one genuine focus and the living way that fills us with spirit and life – which is the river of the trinity at large in our being.
“As the one genuine human response, he [Christ] “thereby invalidates all other ways of response.” Hence, the command to participate in the response of Jesus, to follow him, is in union with him..” (1) Jesus is our RESPONSE.
We need to take this statement seriously as it implies correctly that religious responses as a thing in themselves have no divine vitality and as such are a distraction and a waste of time. This is what Jesus was getting at when He replied to the woman that worshipers that God desires are those who worship in spirit and in truth – by which Jesus meant – they worship in His life personally – Christ in us is the ‘one genuine human response’.
Since the cross ‘belonging’ in God is the inheritance of all. Yet belonging does not become ours unless we respond with a ‘yes’. Thus when Jesus says, ‘Come to me all you are hard-working and burdened with self-validation, He invites us to draw near and enter His oneness with God. This is the Sabbath rest of Jesus and of Hebrews.
When Jesus sets the captives free He liberates us both from religion and from distorted gospels, thus setting us free from spiritual disease and from the burden of lies seeded into our consciousness by demonic influence. Thus Jesus warns us about paddocks of tares in which people think they are sons when they are slaves and Paul warns us of ‘other gospels’ that are actually a reiteration of the lies that precipitated the fall.
(1) Kettler, Christian D.. The Breadth and Depth of the Atonement: The Vicarious Humanity of Christ in the Church, the World, and the Self: Essays, 1990–2015 (p. 68). Pickwick Publications, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Kindle Edition.