We have heard about having the mind of Christ. There is no challenge in this when we are and Jesus are one. Incarnated in us we are one with Him and He with us. Drawn into His person and His heart, how can we not have the heart of God when we and our Father are one? This is why we need to live in what He has given us rather than in what religion has made ‘religion’ to be – separated people trying piously to achieve what they already have. What do they have? Union with God through the cross and The Spirit. The three-personed God lives in you. They enjoy making themselves known to you so that they can be known as they are, so that you can know yourself and be the Real Self that they envisioned for you before the foundation of the world.
God’s glory is to be as He is. For us His glory is seen when we know Him as He is. Satan has always attempted the ruination of mankind by distorting God and deconstructing man. Living in the knowledge of good and evil, in the law or religious must do’s, separates us from God and fractures ourselves leaving us with various disabilities and diseases of the spirit. Why is this? We were made to live in God.
The insidious effect of the attempt to live in something, not God is to lose oneself – to be reduced to a shadow rather than be manifest in the fullness of our glory. Glory is never ours when Christ is not. Our glory is never in anything else or when something else is added to Christ.
There’s an excellent book full of revelatory teaching by David Kowalick entitled All About Glory. The Foreword of the book notes the following, that is relevant to our theme. ‘Kowalick defines glory as “The essential nature and reality of any given thing or person at its fullest and best.” It is then observed that ‘To glorify something is to reveal its essential character. Glory is the truth or all truths of a person, place or thing. Glorifying is therefore about this truth being manifested, and thus being known.”
Indeed it is. God has conspired to reveal Himself in Christ and by so doing revealing yourself to you! Christ in you is both the hope of future glory and the present unveiling of yourself to yourself and to the church. Paul spoke of the freedom to be oneself that is inherent when we are graced with Christ’s Being.
‘But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them--yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me’ 1 Cor 15.10 NIV.
There’s quite a difference between ‘being ourselves’ in the flesh and being who we are in the Spirit. In the former we can be lame, feeble, passive, or aggressive shadows of our real selves. Or we can be quite nasty and often a bit of both. In the Spirit where Christ is our life we have more than His mind. We have His person alive in our being. Jesus is manifesting as us full of grace and truth. I believe the main effect of a life in Christ is being liberated from fear. The other key effect is being transformed into a gracious and patient person who is learning to love herself and others.
Part of going from glory to glory means we are progressively gaining the ability to love life with all it joys and deformities and to have the same attitude to people. We leave judgment behind. But we live in grace, stepping each day into the infinite life that is Jesus. By being ourselves with actions and words of spirit and life we are drawing people and situations into the irresistible fullness of the life in God. We are advancing the new creation.