BREAD OF LIFE FOOD
How is it that religion died at the cross and union with God began at the resurrection?
God is where you are. More importantly you are in God. The fellowship Jesus has with the Holy Family is now your fellowship. Jesus promised that those who follow His teaching and obey His instruction to agree with Him that He is our life, will be rewarded by the trinity making their home in us. Incarnation means that the life of God is not contained in churches, holy places or your prayer chair. In the incarnation, you are holy because God is holy and God is in you. This is why Christ is your life and religion and the law is not. Religion has been replaced by Christ incarnated in us.
COMFORT AND LIGHT
The person who is making steps to Christ is still walking in religion. The persons who are one with Christ are living in their inheritance. Our being ‘One spirit’ with Him is our being the guest who have gone in with Jesus to the wedding. Our living in religion, law and old covenant is missing the wedding.
DEPICTIONS OF SCARCITY
The field of rocks, weeds, crows and blights is the old covenant field in its miserly existence in the post cross age. The christ depicted as a figure of the law is the false christ and the field of tares. The ‘body of christ’ tied to the law and old covenant is ‘this body of death’ from which the obedient have been delivered.
The person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him’ 1 Cor 6.17 NIV. This is the son/daughter who is being the Body of Christ.
Oneness with God is the source of our comfort and light. It’s the affirmation of who we are and the place from which the real self grows and supplants the false self. The latter is the Adamic self, the law self and the religious mask self. Hidden in Christ you will become the real you foreseen before the foundation of the world and re-ignited in the resurrection of Christ and Holy Spirit alive in you. Richard Rohr observes that,
SURPRISED BY THE SPIRIT
“God often comes into this world quite unexpectedly, uninvited, and even unwanted. Take the charisms, for example—the many spiritual gifts of healing, tongues, and forgiveness; through them we experience the immediate action of God in this world. They’re necessary for us to develop a taste for the holy. It’s very sad that in Western Christianity so few people have a genuine sense of the sacred or an authentic access to it, the feeling that “I’d just like to kneel down.” Without this, religion very quickly becomes sterile and rigid.” (1)
This is a wonderful help in our perceiving that God is really here.
IT’S HIM - HIM, HIMSELF IN PERSON - IN YOU
Nevertheless a life lived in dependence on the gifts, on ministry and healing of various kinds - on its own - is not sufficient for the health of the soul or our growth into sonship. This comfort, this healing, this growth into the maturity of sonship comes from Father alone in the nurture of the Holy Family – not so much in the hub-bub of action or in the glow of a sermon well taken but in the blanket of God’s love.
This means making a ‘thing’ out of some action, gift or ministry of itself is not capable of feeding the soul. Those who eat Jesus live because of Him.
“On the other hand we can't strive first for transcendental or emotional experiences of faith, because if we do they can easily become a cheap substitute for real faith. Faith is ultimately faith, which means to believe and to know-without experience and without feelings.” (2)
Faith in the reality that is Christ our life is faith that is grounded in union with God. The trinitarian God is the ultimate reality. In this reality we are alive and peaceful. This is our Sabbath Rest. Here we gain our real identity and here we become healed and fruitful as daughters and sons.
MYSTERY OF GODLINESS
The paradox of this is that faith grows from seeing God in action and experiencing God and His presence when their appears to be no action other than the awareness that He is in us and with us. Jesus gave signs and still does. They signal that He is in you and with you and that you always belong is that you are in peace while being fully human and fully alive. The signs that we are not living in oneness with God but in some other extraneous source is that we think we are alive but are dead in our spirit.
ENGRAFTED INTO HIS BODY
John Calvin wrote of the mystery of union with Christ in the following words, “Therefore, that joining together of Head and members, that indwelling of Christ in our hearts—in short, that mystical union—are accorded by us the highest degree of importance, so that Christ, having been made ours, makes us sharers with him in the gifts with which he has been endowed. We do not, therefore, contemplate him outside ourselves from afar in order that his righteousness may be imputed to us but because we put on Christ and are engrafted into his body in short, because he deigns to make us one with him. For this reason, we glory that we have fellowship of righteousness with him.” (3)
(1) Rohr, Richard. What the Mystics Know: Seven Pathways to Your Deeper Self. The Crossroad Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.
(3) Institutes 3.11.10