YOU ARE WHO YOU THINK YOU ARE
Descartes said, cogito ergo sum: ‘I think therefore I am.’ But he was wrong about that. We do not have ‘being’ unless we are grounded in the ultimate being. Paul Tillich argued correctly that God is the ground of our being. This is to say that the trinity is the womb of the universe and the mother/father of our selves. Jesus certified and assured us that this was the case when He urged us to come to a correct insight and an accurate assessment: ‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20. This is being and belonging. It is the I AM of the Believer.
SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH
We can be part of the one loaf notionally. Then again we can belong to the one loaf in spirit and in truth. The latter is our state of being when our Christ is the Christ of God and our gospel is the gospel of Jesus and Paul.
‘But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God's curse!’ Gal 1.8 NIV.
MORE THAN A POSITION
Being the Body of Christ involves more than assent. It involves ‘being.’ When we talk of being we mean immersion in the deep life reality that undergirds appearances. Into this reality we are baptised – when we are baptised into Christ and His gospel.
‘But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit’ 1 Cor 6.17 NIV. Oneness comes from being united with Jesus. Nothing else. Nothing less and nothing that is an abstraction.
If the law had been sufficient Jesus had no need to come. God could have announced our belonging by proclamation. He could have given a positional declaration. But He did not. He declared our union in His son by the cross and the resurrection. He created our belonging. Jesus’ as the son of man as a physical body given for us makes us one with God and each other by the Spirit and by the One Spirit as Paul emphasises.
SPIRIT AND TRUTH
Since all are included in God’s salvation all are theoretically members of the Body of Christ. I say theoretically because we are what we believe. Believing the truth is important because it unites us with reality and the reality is the person of Christ. Jesus came to set captives free. This involves liberating us from the perverted narrative of the Enemy and similar false facts. As competent ministers of the Kingdom we must do the same – upholding the truth in order to unveil Jesus and our Father and set others free from distortions that veil who they are. Speaking truth is doing the work of our Father and undoing the web made by the father of lies.
Truth is never maintaining and ideology for the sake of a supposed identity. Truth is Jesus manifest as you.
We are part of God’s being. We came from our Father and have been drawn back into intimate fellowship with our Father as a result of the finished work of Jesus Christ. In Jesus we and Father are one, just as He is one with His Father. This is of enormous consequence for the realisation of our sonship, the expression of our unique individuality and our role as agents of new creation life. When we believe this in our hearts we are made whole – and whole because we are joined to our Source. Our hearts have found their home. Now we are of the Body of Christ not just notionally but in spirit and in truth. Spirit and truth is never realised through the law or any kind of externality, or from religion. Jesus is the way to our Father; the way to the ground of our being and the way to the one loaf.
‘Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’ John 14.6 NIV. Jesus is explicit. We come to God neither through false christs or other gospels.
The humbug of the law is that we can never be what we want to be in spirit and in truth.
Spirit and truth is the state of life and being that is God’s life as our life. This is what Paul means by Christ our life. Joe McIntyre writes, “Jesus invites us to share with Him in the glory of His enthronement at the Father’s right hand. This is not some high spiritual accomplishment for an elite class of believers, but rather the privilege and inheritance of every believer. The fact that many of God’s children have not entered in to this standing in grace does not prove that it is not for all. The fullness of God’s blessings are already ours in Christ (Ephesians 1:3), awaiting our comprehension and appropriation.” (1) The Dead Poet’s Society urged us to ‘Seize the day!’ Jesus invites you to seize you inheritance of spirit and life by believing and living in the reality that ‘I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20. We are one with God and each other when we believe we are. When we believe the truth.
‘For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect’ Matt 24.24 NIV. False christs are incubated in false gospels.
(1) McIntyre, Joe. Throne Life: Sharing Christ's Throne (Kindle Locations 88-91). Empowering Grace Ministries. Kindle Edition.