Idols were obvious to spot in ancient times. Some are beautiful, others sensuous and others just plain ugly. Humans have proved themselves capable of worshiping almost anything, whether this is a projection of themselves, a representation of a beast or a subtle collection of ideas and beliefs to which we give obeisance – like The Market in capitalism of The Institutional Church in Christianity. What needs to be clear to us is that false christs are more subtle than we have thought and usually not always concealed as cult figures or demonic representations. They can be a projection of our minds and an attachment to a seemingly innocent myths - not always an evidence of carnal Christianity, but they do arise as weeds in our hearts that are watered by the father of lies.
God has always been I AM. He insists that we know Him as He is so that we can be fully aware of our identity and our opportunities in Him. This is why Jesus came to reveal our Father. But it is also why the Enemy does His best to distort our vision of Jesus. Good repentance is laying down our jesus and taking up the Son of Man is He is in spirit and in truth.
Jesus will not be revealed in fullness through the law or through the church – at least not the institutional church. He is revealed through Jesus, which is to say that God is revealed through Himself.
We can expend our lives in church work, in charity adventures and humanitarian exercises and yet be worshiping our personal yet distorted God. He is not the real Father or the genuine Jesus. He is an artifact of religion and projection of ourselves that we have made into our god. False gods and false christs are more common and more subtle than we might think. This is why we need Jesus as our life. Why we need to live totally in Him – in His life and light - and not in some mixture of our own.
In Christ all veils are removed, false christs are obliterated and Father, Son and Holy Spirit are revealed as they are – when we seek Father’s Christ, Holy Spirit’s Jesus and Jesus’ Father. How do we do this? We do it by a single minded focus. We do it by asking Jesus to reveal Himself as He is. We do this by resolving to know and worship the Christ of God no matter if this should demolish ‘our perspective,’ and our most precious and long-held ideas.
Some of us we have absorbed one or two fables as truth. With others the entire denomination is a fable and ‘another gospel.’ Whatever the case, a pure-hearted resolve to follow Jesus, to know Him as He is and to live in the fullness of what He has accomplished, will enable Him to enter our confusion and be the light of our world.
It’s not uncommon for at least some workers and slaves to be unaware of the need for healing and wholeness. Even so called enlightenment can be a deceit. Jesus observed for the benefit of the Jewish leaders that they were captives, irrespective of their claim to enlightenment. We are not able to enter our inheritance of being our real self in the real Jesus while we cling to our own false impressions. Should we hide ourselves in our work or some successful outreach we have been graced with, we hide from Jesus. His healing and wholeness elude and we are hindered and we hinder new creation life.
Jesus gives us the freedom to see ourselves as we are if we will let Him be Himself and not make Him in our own image. In Him we are free to comprehend our lack and find healing and wholeness in His life. Should we have embarked on the attempt to construct a worthy self through work and through conspicuous effort - we may have partly achieved our aim in a crippled kind of way. But what has been our aim? Has it been to hide from Jesus, to hide from ourselves while we attempt to repair the shambles of who we are? Jesus’ fierce grace will confront our refusal to be confronted by His I AM. The question is are we willing to lay down our eyes that will not see and forsake our ears that refuse to hear?
‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free’ Luke 4.18 NIV.
It’s possible to swim in a church environment and never really know Jesus or ourselves. This is the great darkness disguised as religion and the false christ disguised as the religion of Christ. Are we just swimming in the fish-bowl of our benighted constructions of God? Have we hidden our real selves from the reality of Christ and the opportunity for Jesus to make us whole? But there is no greater liberty than death to self and being alive to Christ.
‘Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom’ 2 Cor 3.17 NIV.
It’s not difficult to live from a false christ we if are not willing to let Jesus Christ confront us.
We are already forgiven, already loved by Father and filled with Holy Spirit. He knows who we are and what we are and loves us. Father knows all our deformities and likes us. We are safe in the fellowship and witness of the trinity –safe to be ourselves become our real selves and to be formed into the image of Jesus.