Perceptive theologian, C Baxter Kruger uses a Greek word, perichoresis, that describes the mystery of our union with God. It means that we have been woven into God and God has been woven into us. Yet God and ourselves retain our unique personhood and identity. Keep this in mind as we proceed.
When Christ comes to live in us He is not rattling around inside us as if we are some kind of container. He is woven into our being as is Father and Holy Spirit. In this respect God is distinct and so are we but in a manner of speaking God becomes us. This is the incarnation which involves our union with God and the transfiguration of our being with God’s presence in His fullness. As such it is the essence of post cross living and of the Kingdom of God. The incarnation results in the sons of God multiplied.
I emphasise this because the Christ is more than just Jesus of Nazareth. He is the Son of God and as such all God as Colossians, Ephesians and Hebrews reveals. The Christ of God as logos IS REALITY. He is reality in person and as Paul states, the law of the spirit of life.
To be real is to live in Christ – in Christ unadulterated with additions and subtractions that are essentially ‘other gospels.’
GOD IS GOD
God is not subordinate to any entity of any abstraction. It is important to grasp this in order to disassociate ourselves from what in comparison is the pathetic notion of a transcendent law that is separate from God and to which God is subordinate.
If this were so then this law-abstraction would be God and God would be less than He is and not I AM. He could not be I AM because he would be contingent on something outside Himself, namely the law.
DUST HAS A HOME
The fact that some Christians believe in this superordinate law and with it this abstraction god accounts for their dryness of soul and the woodenness of spirit that is their life. In this mode we can even function in gifts of the Spirit even though our spirit is dead and our soul is dust.’
Christ is our life, which means Christ becomes us by the Spirit. The simple truth is that we become love and we become life because God becomes us. This is so in the sense of perichoresis outlined above. We are not deities. But we are sons of God. Jesus as the Christ is fully God. Always co-existent with our Father, He is reality and life in person – which means that when He is our life we are real as sons and daughters and real in that we are fully alive and advancing in new degrees of life continually.
You can enter a path to unlimited light or you can remain inside the bottle of the beliefs you acquired from your parents. But it will not be well with our souls.
Should we seek God without condition and make a habit of following Jesus beyond our current understanding, we can be certain that we and others will become aware of God’s Truth as it hovers and enters our being as the Spirit of Truth.
Richard Rohr observes that, “Everything visible, without exception, is the outpouring of God. What else could it really be? “Christ” is a word for the Primordial Template (“Logos”) through whom “all things came into being, and not one thing had its being except through him” (John 1:3). Seeing in this way has reframed, reenergized, and broadened my own religious belief, and I believe it could be Christianity’s unique contribution among the world religions.
If you can overlook how John uses a masculine pronoun to describe something that is clearly beyond gender, you can see that he is giving us a sacred cosmology in his Prologue (1:1–18), and not just a theology. Long before Jesus’s personal incarnation, Christ was deeply embedded in all things—as all things! The first lines of the Bible say that “the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters,” or the “formless void,” and immediately the material universe became fully visible in its depths and meaning (Genesis 1:1ff.). Time, of course, has no meaning at this point.
The Christ Mystery is the New Testament’s attempt to name this visibility or see-ability that occurred on the first day. Remember, light is not so much what you directly see as that by which you see everything else. This is why in John’s Gospel, Jesus Christ makes the almost boastful statement “I am the Light of the world” (John 8:12). Jesus Christ is the amalgam of matter and spirit put together in one place, so we ourselves can put it together in all places, and enjoy things in their fullness.” (1)
Jesus is life. He is the meaning of life. He is the new creation come among us to draw all things into Himself. In Jesus Christ is life and that life is the light of all who become the sons of God.