JESUS ENABLES US TO SEE
There is a way of seeing and thinking now that is the Kingdom of God – and distortions of this living way that dilute and negate the Kingdom of God.
The curious thing about the Kingdom of God is that it began with Jesus Christ and it embraces everyone. But everyone has not embraced it. The cross made all human beings one with God. With the cross God soaked up separation and replaced it with union. Since the cross – the great ‘at-one-ment’ - everyone belongs. But we must agree with this belonging and not leave it in the ground. Many Christians, possibly most, assume that we still live, in separation and their religion is to bend their backs to secure this union by worthiness.
A Christian woman of long standing asserted recently that intimacy with God is the big thing and that we gain this intimacy by right-doing. Fortunately she is very wrong. ‘A doer of the law had never been found until Jesus came along, which is why Paul goes on to clarify the change found in the New Covenant … justification would have to arrive through a different source other than the law.’ It comes in Jesus Christ who is our justification and sanctification. He is our forgiveness and our transformation.
Our intimacy with God is earned by Jesus’ right doing. Our life in God is not secured by receiving Jesus into our life. It is certain and secure that He has received us into His life. Live from your belonging. This is real.
SPIRIT AND TRUTH
Realising the truth is advantageous for our humanity and Godliness. Jesus pointed us to the living way of being in sonship when He said, ‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NIV.
To realise this from the bottom of our hearts is to belong to the Body of Christ. It is to be woven into the fellowship of the trinity. The realising of this interwoveness of being is the consciousness that we call the Kingdom of God. It’s the difference between living in compartments of good and evil and being part of God as daughters and sons. Christ our life is the difference between living in words and living in substance
“Jesus’ primary metaphor for this new consciousness was “the kingdom of God.” He is not talking about a place, or an afterlife, but a way of seeing and thinking now. The kingdom of God is the naked now — the world without human kingdoms, ethnic communities, national boundaries, or social identifications. That is about as subversive and universalist as you can get.” (1)
Belonging to the Body and being the Kingdom of God depends on what we believe. We can live in this belonging because it is ours or we can live in separation even though it is ours. We can live in a separated mindset because we are living in a twisted story. Jesus called living in the reality living in spirit and in truth.
Because Jesus is in you, the trinity is in you and you are in the trinity. You and Father are one and the relationship that the trinity have with each other is the relationship with God that is now yours. It’s that close.
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See (pp. 100-101). The Crossroad Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.