man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money’ Matt 25.18 NIV.
The Lord of the Rings epic is a parable. Whether Tolkien meant it as such I do not know. But he was a Believer and ‘deep calls to deep’ in order to reveal deep truth. The Spirit of God in people reveals God’s truth and God’s plan in many ways, in order to attract our attention to the fact that we are living an epic in which Father is our origin and Christ is our life. Eternal life will be great. But never forget that we are in the Story. We are the story. This is the age of heroes!
God could have hung a series of Bible studies out of the sky. But He sent His son to reveal and dramatize the truth of what is at stake: Life to the full versus a an effete religious life or just plain death. In The Lord of the Rings orcs might represent beings living in rebellion against Christ. The smell and look of decay is all over them. Then again the orc may represent the Believer who lives in a separated mindset of the old covenant. Try as he might he cannot attain the level of life he seeks. He will not throw the ring into the fire of Mt Doom. His parts decay and becomes himself a body of death. But a body of death from which he has already been delivered.
‘What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!’ Romans 7.24,25 NIV.
Satan is only too pleased to reduce what could have been the reality of the new creation to a religious shadow. Jesus did not come so we could go to church services or do Bible studies. He came so that He would be our life in order that this life would become a new society called the new creation.
NEW CREATION LIFE
Jesus died in Adam and rose in God. This is the parable of the human race. Not just personal salvation but the regeneration of society, of the earth and the biosphere. There is nothing rational about the new and living way. Nothing cut and dried. Like a TARDIS it is bigger on the inside than the outside. It is spirit and life!
This is the way of life in the Spirit, the manifestation of which is Christ as you in your flesh. Rationally this is nonsense. The rational man says, ‘This is too hard. God, You are an impossible Man. I will bury my new covenant inheritance in the ground and live by the law.’ And so the new creation is impeded while the pious live in shadows and the real is ignored for the sake of religion, our pet ideas, our perspectives and other gospels.
Spiritually incarnation is the foundation of your life and the all of what God has done for us in Jesus. We can ignore this and opt for the reason of the law and attempt to do both Moses and the new testament with Jesus help. Then again we can do what Jesus, John and Paul said is life to the full. We can agree that Christ is our life and rest while He lives His person and His way in our being. Now we are revealed as sons in spirit and in truth. Well is that cool or what!?
Richard Rohr writes, ‘Remember, the opposite of rational is not always irrational, but it can also be transrational or bigger than the rational mind can process; things like love, death, suffering, God, and inﬁnity are transrational experiences. Both myth and mature religion understand this. The transrational has the capacity to keep us inside an open system and a larger horizon so that the soul, the heart, and the mind do not close down inside of small and constricted space. The merely rational mind is invariably dualistic, and divides the ﬁeld of almost every moment between what it can presently understand and what it deems deems “wrong” or untrue.’
In the knowledge of good and evil and the law we live in binaries, opposites and dichotomies. In Christ we live in God and the two have been made one. We are one with God and one with life. Now we are channels of heaven into earth.
‘I and the Father are one’ John 10.30 NIV.
‘He is before all things, and in him all things hold together’ Col 1.17 NIV.
‘For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility’ Eph 2.14 NIV. [This applies to our relationship with God and with each other, as the following verse reveals]
‘God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfil his own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth’ Eph 1.9,10 NLT.
There are two ways. In the first we can grab at bits and pieces – moral goods, charitable actions, noble attitudes, right doctrines, fine values and high sounding philosophies - attempting to attach ourselves to them and embody them. In the second way, we are one with God, we are good, we are alive in ourselves and as we touch bits and pieces in our daily life we ignite them with His life that that is our life – the life of God who flows through us to transform the earth with His glory.