‘We were made to live in God.’ I found that line in The Shack some years ago and perceived it as a piece of revelation that transcends mere religious assertion. ‘Living in God’ means living from Jesus. It’s not about being a Christian and living in Christianity. It’s union with God. To be in God is to be in communion with the trinity in ordinary life.
Spirit and life as Noel and Jill comes from union with God.
RELIGION BE GONE
In embracing this prize we have similar to what Jesus had. We and Father are one and we enjoy fellowship with the trinity. This is not about living in ‘observances.’ This ‘living in God’ is Christ come in our flesh and more. It is the trinity in us and us in the trinity.
Many religious folks make religion sacred. It’s not. What is sacred is the union between you and Jesus that Jesus won for you at the cross. This is the inheritance of every Believer. Available to all - it is not an intimacy based on our performance or victory. This is a union achieved by God in Christ and gifted to us. As in Adam all suffered the death that comes from separation, so in Christ all receive the prize that comes from our being made alive in the fullest sense in Christ.
In Christ we have His union with Father.
Many Believers have a faint relationship with Jesus. What they do have is attendance in a church routine, a relationship with church if you like. Those who live in God do so because God is God and they have been drawn into His life – because they believe and because they would not be satisfied with mere religion. Why eat the packet when you can eat the chocolate?
Church quarrels are not always the result of Christian bloody-mindedness. They are the effect of the conflict that arises between those whose God is religion and those whose God is God and they live in Him.
Much has been said about house churches and café churches. All have their merit. The Gospel is more than buildings.
But the spirit and life of Jesus and the well-being of the trinity enlarges where Jesus is desired, no matter what the community format. Incarnation means that God is in us; that He is where we are; that there is no time or place that is more full of him or empty of Him than any other. Why restrict yourself to a Sabbath day when you own a Sabbath life? Why restrict your joy in Christ to Easter when you have an Easter life?
Christ lives in you. God’s presence is in your ‘lived life.’ You have the Sabbath life Adam and Eve had with God before the fall. It’s is ours now in spite of the fall and because of the resurrection.
NO DIVIDED LIFE
There is no sacred and secular in the post cross age – except perhaps for the non-believer. The ascended Jesus at the right hand of authority is Lord of All. Incarnated in us and in the earth (the earth hid its face at the crucifixion. The earth knows its Lord), Christ is our life as in life itself and as our life personally.
SEED OF LIFE
The life that we wrongly name secular does not exist. What we have since Jesus’ resurrection is the expanding new creation. It advances rapidly when we live in the incarnation and halts when we live in the law.
The Christ of the incarnation is the yeast, the mustard seed and the trinity in you manifesting as you and us, in our family, in our work place and nation.
God is in you before you get to church and before you do your devotions. The point is to embrace this. The community of the trinity has enveloped you into itself so that you will be a genuine manifestation of a daughter, a son and the Holy Family.
YOUR HUMANITY COMES FROM THE TRINITY IN GENERAL AND FROM JESUS IN PARTICULAR.
You don’t live in a belief system, an ideology or a routine to be a human being. You live in fellowship with God to be a daughter and a son. Paul in Galatians described the former as workers and slaves – still human but robbed of their dignity and fruitfulness as sons and priests.
You can belong to the body of Christ as a dead soul our you can belong as a son/daughter of God.
YOU HAVE A NEW STATE OF BEING CALLED SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GOD
“Jesus’ Father is not and never will be satisfied with mere forgiveness or legal reconciliation. How could He be? Such a “forgiveness” and “reconciliation” would leave us lost to His heart and hiding from Him in our fear. Such a reconciliation would leave [us] trapped in isolation..” (1).
You are not isolated. God is in you and with you. Jesus loves you as are and not as you should be. He rejoices in who you are and is in league with you to nurture you into being your genuine self. This is His glory and yours being revealed. It’s how you as you produce much Kingdom Fruit.
(1) Kruger, C. Baxter. Across All Worlds: Jesus Inside Our Darkness (Kindle Locations 707-709). Perichoresis, Inc. Kindle Edition.