YOU AT HOME IN GOD
The coming of the Christ was God in fullness come as a human being. Jesus Christ retains His human nature, yet is fully God in the Family called the trinity. It is this Christ who lives in you and this Christ who has joined you to the Holy Family.
‘Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them’ John 14.23 NIV.
UNION AND SEPARATION
The essence of The Fall is that humans become separated from God and got a structure, social fabric and set of abstractions in place of the relationship with the God they once had. ‘Religion’ grows from separation as communion with the trinity is replaced by communion with the knowledge of good and evil – a production of man. In many religions we have substitute gods to legitimise substitute this morality and ethics. In Christianity we can fall into the trap of relating to religion as a substitute god. This is why every man and every woman must make their way to a personal Jesus as the Door to His life.
Christianity can produce a culture Paul describes as ‘a form of godliness without power’. The nature of this culture is a modified version of the knowledge of good and evil, supposedly endorsed by Jesus. It might appear as a system of belief, a set of moral behaviors, rites and routines that many regard as meritorious in themselves. Or it can surface as rants against homosexuals and drug addicts.
The Kingdom of God is not a religion. It’s a person. If Jesus is not heralded as life itself, it may be christianity but it’s not what we inherited from Him. The Kingdom is not behavior modification. It’s not that small. But it is His life as ours.
THE CHRIST OF GOD
Our inheritance – the Kingdom of God is not a religion. It is a Person and not just a person. It is the Christ in you and manifesting as you and as us all: Incarnation This is the Body of Christ in spirit and in truth. More than a doctrinal construct it is the evidence that ‘reality is Christ. This is to say that reality is Bob, Jill and Mavis as the expression of the trinity.
‘Sabbath’ originated in the peace, amity comfort and innocence that Adam and Eve had in their pre-fall communion with God. It’s a state of being. A key aspect of sabbath rest is living in the peace and confidence of who we are in God – in an unchallenged and un-fought for identity that is ours – a mirror image of the relationship of the trinity with each other. Such a Sabbath was rest, joy and ultra-life in communion with personified love before the fall and the separation. It is today. You have this rest again since the cross. It’s what was achieved by trinitarian enterprise. This is your union with God – union with the Holy Family along with their indwelling of you. You more than belong. You are cherished, have been fought for with a passion and are woven into the Family of God socially and in your spirit.
DON’T PREACH YOURSELF GUFF
You can formerly ‘do’ a day and never have this kind of union and peace. But if you agree that you have been included in the life of Jesus, Holy Spirit and Father so that this is your state of being, you will have a Sabbath life, even if you never set foot in a church or attempt secular/sacred divisions in time – demarcations that do not exist for those who are in God and He in them.
Recently someone spoke of Jesus giving us the sabbath. He did not. He gave us Himself. We have Jesus Himself uncluttered with religion and stuff. The new testament does not endorse sabbath-keeping because it is irrelevant to your life in God. Jesus is your peace and your rest.
Making a ‘thing’ out of the Sabbath is like putting a plaster cast on your leg when it has not been broken. Jesus did not give us a Sabbath Day. He gave us Himself. He is our rest for human restlessness. He is better than a day. A day is inert and an abstraction – a notion in time. In giving us Himself Jesus gives us a Sabbath life. He gives union with God. Separation is undone. Christ is in us and we are in God. Our identity is authenticated in Jesus. We belong and are certified as belonging and as ourselves in uniqueness by an infinite life. We are who we are in Christ and we belong – always.
‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience’ Heb 4.8-11 NIV.