His life as your life


This is not meant to discourage people from meeting together. But it is meant to assert that the life of God is diminished when we mistake intuitionalism and religion for the reality that is Him with us and in us.
In religion there is always a line between God and ourselves. In the new covenant there is no line because we and our Father are one.
A person wrote a treatise on the importance of religion. It appeared that the reason for his doing so was that religion was all He had. One must rely on religion when one has been socialised into the illusion that this is where God is found. He can be, thanks to grace, but in limited and stifled terms. He is here as the salt and pepper rather than as the main course. His limitless presence is found unstifled by externalities when we tune in to His incarnation in ourselves and in the creation.
Christ your life means that God is life and that God is your life and that His presence is with you and in you. Any enjoyment of the communion of the saints is more vibrant and life-giving when Jesus is lived as a life* rather than as a religion. Richard Rohr observes that,
Words and complex rituals almost get in the way ... All you can really do is return such Presence with your own presence. Nothing to believe here at all. Just learn to trust and draw forth your own deepest experience, and you will know the Christ all day every day—before and after you ever go to any kind of religious service.” (1)
Rohr is encouraging us to ‘be.’ To ‘be in God’. ‘In Him we live and move and have our being.’ Some live in this and are filled with His spirit and life as a result. Others have a life of sorts - a life expressed mainly as the compartmentalised routine of church and an attachment to Christian Behaviors. Once you live in the reality that you and our Father are one you live in a certain joy in yourself and a celebration of your ability to see God in others and in other situations. This is the temple prophesied by Jesus, the temple He makes, ‘Without human hands.’ It is without human contrivance because its building is Christ Himself. It’s you in Him and He in you and more – the trinity in you and you in the trinity.
A connection with God limited to the formalities of church and religion is a poor man’s gospel compared to a life lived in the reality of incarnation. In the post cross age things we do can have some sacramental importance but they are not required. Not required because Jesus Christ is in you, in society and in the world. The Lord’s Table is our primary sacrament for a reason. It is a sign and that reminds us of the incarnation – that Christ lives in us and through us. It’s a sign that we live by the truth that those who eat Jesus will live because of Him. God is the mediator of Himself and our relationship with Him is direct – we are interwoven with God. The decision to meet and commune with God in life rather than in religious rites and behaviours opens us up to an exquisite communion with the God who is everywhere and in everything.
The law and its outlook dwarfs the mind and shrinks the spirit. This is why the ability to celebrate life and suck the marrow out of it can be seen in some who are not religious at all. But they do have a sense of God and His incarnated life. Un-strangled by religion they unwittingly live in life itself because by ‘common grace’ God is with and in all of us. What does it mean to be born again? I suggest it means to make the transition from Christian religion to Christ as our life. Living in a real as distinct from a religious life is called life in the Spirit.
* The law separates, defines and compartmentalises and in doing so sucks the life out of life. This is why Christ who is life is your life and the various formulations of the knowledge of good and evil are not.
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Universal Christ (p. 54). SPCK. Kindle Edition.