There’s self that exists prior to your birth. This is the self who we are in Christ, conceived in the womb of the trinity and brought to fruition as we are hidden in Christ as our life.
Richard Rohr distinguishes between your false self and your real self. The real self is the life lived from Christ our life and the false self a life lived from rebellion or religion.
If you are fortunate enough to have exited a false life, you will be flourishing in life to the full as your real self in real living. This is because you have been born again – but not in a religious sense. In spirit and in truth. New birth into the real self is the state of being that is ours when Christ is our life.
If we retain ourselves in the law we have not be re-born, which might come as a shock to those who have constructed their Christianity from moralism and the law. Insulated from Christ we are insulated from our real self. We can build a self from externalities and many do, but the true self emerges in union with Father – the effect of which is produce sons and daughters envisaged from the foundation of the earth. We grow into our real self in the world incarnated with the trinity.
REAL LIFE/FALSE LIFE
Unless we have departed the false life promised by the Father of Lies and entered the real life that is God woven into our being, we will not be able to see the Kingdom of God. But this ‘Kingdom’ is not a religious construct. It’s code for being REALLY ALIVE.
Jesus’ plan for each of us is to graduate from the first part of life to the penultimate part – our life in the body as sons of God. Many never make it. Not because they are not worthy but because they have never heard of the new covenant; because they have been lied to and because the Enemy has been successful in neutralising much of our inheritance which is to be a manifestation of our Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
SPIRIT AND LIFE IS THE REALITY THAT IS CHRIST
Much of the life of a son/daughter is invisible to the world, even though the persons themselves are acutely aware of their state of being. They sense that they are part of the flow of life streaming from the trinity and back again through themselves to others and to God.
Being a busy Christian is not necessarily being full of spirit and life. We overflow with spirit and life when God is part of us and we are part of God. We are life-gives as the expression of Jesus and not likely to be as an expression of Christianity. The Kingdom of God is not a religion. It’s a person.
EYES THAT SEE
Other’s do notice spirit and life when it happens. However – mainly those whose quest is to seek life to the full in the person of Jesus. Such people have a similar passion to David the Psalmist. If you are part of the life of God as yourself, you will recognise that David should be recognised for His passion for God and not for his obvious flaws. Such people are very sensitive to life. They really do live in grace/life. They know where life is and are repelled by where life is not.
David as poet and king had such a passion for life that He brought the divine presence among the people by situating the ark in a tent. Significantly the presence was absent in the formal religious setting of the temple but present in the temporary tent on account of David’s passion for a personal God. David brought a sample of the new covenant incarnation into his present – a prophetic act if ever there was one.
REAL SELF REVEALED
If you are living in God’s life – and you can because it is free to all – you will not need to establish your status or identity by displaying your Adamic credentials. The presence of God as you will be obvious to those who can see in the Spirit. But a puzzle to those made blind and deaf by the desensitising effect of religion - even Christian religion. People encased in a belief system are among the most insensitive to spiritual realities. They really are blind and deaf. This is not to say they make no contribution. But’s its muted – a lot.
CHRIST COME IN EVERYDAY LIVING
Spiritual people are not other-worldly, just fully themselves as a manifestation of Jesus, our Father and Holy Spirit. You won’t need to cover yourself in the clothes of Adam if Jesus is your life. You will be fully clothed wherever you go in a garment of light, so to speak.
But in Adam’s clothes and those of Moses we will always be clad in the nakedness of the kings new clothes. Kings in name only, we will be workers and not kings. We will be incompetent priests who have never entered the dignity and power of their new covenant inheritance.
AN EMPTY BELONGING
Should we be contained in the law, captive in a cage of performance or bumping about in a fog of religion, we will lay claim to ‘belonging’ but will not experience it. We will have the words without the substance.
We cannot set many captives free, living in self-imposed separation from God. The temple, a picture of the old covenant and the law represented separation. David’s prophetic act foretold the coming of Christ come in the flesh and Christ come in us all. It was the ripping of the curtain when Jesus cried ‘It is finished!’ that signalled that Adamic and Mosaic separation had been undone and Christ our life had become the reality.
Since the cross all belong. But belonging must be owned and possessed personally. We don’t get it generically. We get it by believing and agreeing that we have already been included in the life Jesus enjoys in the Holy Family.
Love and life are closely connected. Life releases love and love releases life. We know this by experience and we are filled with it by allowing ourselves to be drawn into the communal life of God. Richard Rohr writes,
A REALITY WE ALREADY ARE
“Love is just like prayer; it is not so much an action that we do but a reality that we already are. We don’t decide to “be loving.” The Father doesn’t decide to love the Son. Fatherhood is the flow from Father to Son, 100 percent. The Son does not choose now and then to release some love to the Father, or to the Spirit. Love is their full modus operandi!” (1)
The same may be said of life. This kind of life is ours when we have been born again – when we have on account of the conspiracy of the trinity and the person of Jesus, been reborn from this womb, from the womb of the universe to multiply God’s life into the realm of ‘where we are’ by being ourselves! To be yourself in God is to be alive and a messenger and purveyor of life.
ALL MADE ONE REALITY
There is no such thing as a religious life as distinct from a secular life. There is no sacred and secular in the post cross age. You have an entire life in God. Not to practice this is to bury our inheritance in the ground and grow religion from the burial. This is the distinction between the pre-cross age and the post cross age. Nhat Hanh writes, “People cut reality into compartments, and so are unable to see the interdependence of all phenomena. To see one in all and all in one is to break through the great barrier which narrows one's perception of reality.” The latter is reality as lived in Christ your life. A life lived in religion is an illusion.
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Divine Dance: The Trinity and your transformation (Kindle Locations 3681-3684). SPCK. Kindle Edition.