There is a self that was known by Christ before you were born. And a self that is yours as a result of your rebirth into Christ as your life. This self – the one already ‘known and the one you are becoming in oneness with God is your real self, coming into your glory. If you believe, you can grow into your real self throughout your life. If not you will have to wait until the resurrection.
I AM IS REAL SELF
God is always God’s real self. Jesus is the I AM who is God and the One in whom you become you. Externalities are not our real self. Our real self grows from within in union with Christ. In Christ you are in God and know as you are. When Christ is your life you are coached into being your real self and you become your real self in oneness with Jesus. Your glory is to live as who you really are.
‘To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory’ Col 1.27 NIV.
A chief premise of Kingdom life is that we do not make ourselves. A characteristic of the self-made person is to have an unwarranted confidence and un-undeveloped inner life. In this mode of being we do not relate to our real self and scarcely even possess a real self. Our identity is tied to externalities. Thus our relationship with our own person is limited, as is our relationship with our spouse, children and other people. As such we are not alive and are not a life-giver. From the real self, flows spirit and life.
We cannot know ourselves from within the law – or from any entity that is not Jesus Himself. Christ is who we came from and who we are becoming. It is in Him that we have our real being as opposed to the in-authentic self that we are in the ego and in Adam.
REAL SELFHOOD IS ONENESS
‘The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirit and life’ John 6.63 NIV. Legalism is not spirituality.
Not many legalists possess genuine self-awareness and empathy with others. Neither is spiritual discernment their forte. Those who manage a faint likeness to it are frequently agonised and obsessed with futile attempts to bring their body into subjection to the will, assorted disciplines and ‘keys.’ Some attempt it through asceticism or diet. Some try to achieve through a health message what can only be gained in the Spirit.
Spirit comes from God and is Christ in you.
Knowing who we are often comes from the desperate realisation that we have discovered who we are not. We did something that was ‘not us.’ Or we lived a life-style in which ‘we’ were not at home. Mary sought her real self in Jesus – at His feet and being drawn into His life. Martha was still on the way – contained in externalities, activism and a performance orientation that blinded her to her real self and the reality of the banquet of satisfaction and self-nurture that was in her midst and could become her person.
BORN INTO ULTIMATE LIFE
“That there are two selves is rather constant in the Perennial Tradition, although the language might be very different from group to group. The important issue is how we tell the difference. Those who deny a sacred source to the universe (“God”) have no way of naming something “true” and must resort to psychology, philosophy, and cultural norms alone to find something authoritative.” (1)
Too true. But those insulated in religion have no access to their own true selves because they are insulated by religion from the I AM of God. Separated in Adam and Moses from union with God, we are fenced off from the reality that is alive. In externalities we have missed the sacred source, mistaking abstractions for life and the letter for spirit – if we know what spirit is. ‘Who shall delivers us from the body of death? Jesus Christ our Lord!
(1) Rohr, Richard. Immortal Diamond: The search for our true self . SPCK. Kindle Edition.