EATING THE BOOTY
We can make all kinds of religious motions. Yet none of these achieve what is already achieved and ours in Jesus: Union with God. We can be spiritually uplifted by a conference, encouraged by the reading of a relevant scripture, occupied by a sabbath or reminded by participating in the Lord’s Table. But none of these secure for us union with God: Because we already have it.
‘Realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20.
Religious motions can provide an opportunity for the incarnated presence to ignite what we are doing. But unless we are grounded in the reality of union with God they will insulate us from God, provoke the illusion that they are God and become a subtle form of idolatry.
There is more for us at the banquet of Christ than these sacraments. We have direct access to the fullness of the Trinity in Jesus. So direct that God is in us and with us. Incarnation is not only fellowship with God. It means God is woven into our being.
SONS AND DAUGHTERS THE EXPRESSION OF GOD
Life is a celebration of His presence in us and HIS PERSON AS US. God is incarnated in you – not in holy motions and pious ablutions. Jesus is the one genuine focus and the living way that fills us with spirit and life – which is the river of the trinity at large in our being.
“As the one genuine human response, he [Christ] “thereby invalidates all other ways of response.” Hence, the command to participate in the response of Jesus, to follow him, is in union with him..” (1) Jesus is our RESPONSE.
He is sufficient. Father can be trusted. There is no need add something to our inheritance of oneness to ‘make ourselves as gods’.
Union with God implies correctly that religious responses as a thing in themselves have no divine vitality and as such are a distraction and a waste of time. This is what Jesus was getting at when He replied to the woman that the worshipers that God desires are those who worship in spirit and in truth – by which Jesus meant – they worship in His life personally – Christ in us is the ‘one genuine human response’.
PARTICIPATE IN WHAT IS YOURS
Since the cross ‘belonging’ in God is the inheritance of all. Yet belonging does not become ours unless we respond with a ‘yes’. Thus when Jesus says, ‘Come to me all you are hard-working and burdened with self-validation’, He invites us to draw near and enter His oneness with God. This is the Sabbath rest of Jesus and of Hebrews.
When Jesus sets the captives free He liberates us both from religion and from distorted gospels, thus setting us free from spiritual disease and from the burden of lies seeded into our consciousness by demonic influence. Thus Jesus warns us about paddocks of tares in which people think they are sons when they are slaves and Paul warns us of ‘other gospels’ that are actually a reiteration of the lies that precipitated the fall.
Truth is life because truth is union with God. Our union with God is Jesus Christ who has made the two one.
(1) Kettler, Christian D.. The Breadth and Depth of the Atonement: The Vicarious Humanity of Christ in the Church, the World, and the Self: Essays, 1990–2015 (p. 68). Pickwick Publications, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Kindle Edition.