ONE SPIRIT AND ONE FLESH
Whether we are aware of it or not we can try to keep God at a safe distance by means of religion. People can feel the need to control god and their relationship with Him by making Him an object of ‘the letter’ and substituting their religion for direct encounter with His life. One can build one’s own religion as a barrier to keep God at bay so that we can keep most of life to ourselves.
This was the plight of the Rich Young Ruler. Jesus was offering all of Himself which would entail of the Ruler in exchange. But for him the price was too high. He settled of a compartmentalised life and the false self that went with it.
ADAM WHERE ARE YOU
Many Believers hide in the distance of the old covenant and the law. Separation is what they are comfortable with. A lived experience of religion gives the illusion of ‘controlling god;’ of keeping ourselves ‘safe’ from unlimited goodness so that the threadbare condition of our own humanity is not exposed to ourselves or to God and we can maintain the illusion that we are spiritual people while living our non-reborn lives. Non-reborn albeit with an uneasy comfort and semi-troubled conscience. Here you cannot get your hands on a Sabbath life so you must make do with alternatives externalities. But the result is that we do not experience His spirit and life as our life and we seldom if ever speak out words of revelation and discernment. Why? We have made a choice to live part of our lives in separation from God.
In this mindset Believers can judge the actual experience of God, criticising the phenomena of His manifest presence while suffocating the gifts of Holy Spirit. There excuse is ‘We do not want to bow down before the ‘idol’ of experience’. The truth is that many of these Believers have made an idol and a religion out of the absence of God. It is the rejection of a real experience of God; this self-imposed alienation and sanctifying of separation that Paul calls a form of Godliness without power.
DEGREES OF SEPARATION
This is why some of the most active church members will oppose a real move of God. They are happy where they are because they think they have God where they want Him. Of course in this mode He is not God. They are.
Did you know that you can practice the gifts and a degree of the anointing and still be separated from God in layers of religion? The core of our life is God’s Spirit incarnated in our being. This results in our union with God and the lived experience of we and our Father being one.
Our embrace of God as God in His fullness involves death to self in order to be alive in God. There are many forms of rebirth. It’s a growing to maturity and a progress from glory to glory that involves a growing comfort of being one with God. This is the adventure travelling with God as well as an increasing comfort and accuracy in being ourselves as sons and daughters who express God in our persons. Yet this is not some stupendous work. You are dead in Christ and have risen to new life in Him.
BECOMING YOU BY BEING HIM
This occurs as we learn the fullness of radical grace – as we know Christ as our life rather than ourselves as our life as a religious practitioner.
Did you know that God has already made you one with Himself in the Family of God?
A human being is the third person of the trinity. A human being, Jesus of Nazareth is you and I in fellowship with the Family of God. When God in Christ reconciled the world to Himself, Christ in the fellowship of the trinity was and is you seated in Him in the Holy Family.
‘Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus’ Eph 2.4-7. NIV.
You are in Christ’s flesh and Christ has come in your flesh. You have this union with Jesus and this union with God which is your fellowship in the trinity.
“The ascension means that now and forever a human being, a Jew, a son of Adam, is face to face with the Father. Now and forever, one from the foreign world of Adam lives in fellowship, indeed in utter union, with God the Father, sharing all things with the Father in the unrestrained fellowship of the Spirit.” (1) Christ is in you and you are in Christ.
(1) Kruger, C. Baxter. Jesus and the Undoing of Adam. Perichoresis Press. Kindle Edition.