NOT A PHANTOM
We are an expression of Christ. Thankfully not an item of machine learning. “The work of Christ did not divinise human nature in an automatic or mechanistic sense. Rather, it was a specific, personal, and real divinisation of a human nature.” (1). For ‘mechanical’ read the law and the formulae of the Christianity lived as a version of the knowledge of good and evil. All externalities are mechanistic and abstractions. But Christ our life is a state of being in which we are woven into God and God is woven into us.
We are not robots or wraiths.
Any Christ that is said to be subordinate to the law and the Supervisor of law-keeping is not the Christ of God and this gospel is not the gospel of Jesus and the apostles.
A false Christ is not necessarily a demonic figure. Although a christ so constructed may be the flowering of a cunningly devised fable that has been seeded into the collective consciousness by the father of lies.
WHERE IS ANTI-CHRIST?
It’s clear from John’s warning that any contention that denies that Christ has come in our flesh – incarnation – has its origin in the spirit of anti-christ.* There is a continuing war against fullness in Christ; an unrelenting attempt on the part of the Enemy of life, to contrive death and diminish life as much as possible in the guise of sound doctrine and supposed improvements to the teaching of the apostles.
There is no legitimate improvement on the apostles doctrine or the Niceane Creed.
There is one Christ, one gospel of the Kingdom, one atonement and one incarnation of Christ in all who believe. Never many gospels or several christs. To be sure, there are as many ways or expressing Christ as there are people due to the genius of each of us being a manifestation of the trinity. But we are not at liberty to ignore the new covenant and stick to the old just because it’s our theology. It’s more honourable to honour Christ rather than honour some inherited perspective that vitiates the Gospel of Christ.
“Christology constitutes the heart of theology, as it focuses on God’s work of salvation in the historical figure of Jesus of Nazareth. To know God we must know Jesus Christ. Therefore Jesus Christ is the express revelation of God. The answer to the question, “Who is God?” is revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. To know the plan of God for humanity is to see this plan worked out in the economy of redemption, that is, in the birth, life, death, burial, resurrection and exaltation of the Son of God, Jesus Christ.” (2)
Being born again is not a religious experience. It’s being born out of religion into union with God.
You have a true self that is not your externalities or achievements. It is quite simply you. This self is always present waiting to be realised, but to date it never has because it has always been subsumed by the attempt to be ourselves in anything that is not Christ. The true self will not start to emerge in God as a generality. It starts to grow when we relinquish religion in exchange for Christ our life. This is what Jesus was telling Nicodemus. It is what Jesus is telling many Believers today. The real self cannot emerge until Jesus becomes us. This is not a ‘work.’ It is what already is.
The real Christ and the real gospel of Christ are the heart of the real church and the real Kingdom of God. By extension this is the heart of the real you as distinct from a crippled you and a pale imitation of the real you. C. S. Lewis likened people outside of Christ and those entrapped in false christs as ghosts of their real selves.
* The substitution is the law or religion come in our flesh. Posing as an additional revelation or word from God.
(1) Habets Myk, Theosis in the Theology of Thomas Torrance. P65
(2) Habets, Myk. The Anointed Son: A Trinitarian Spirit Christology (Princeton Theological Monograph Series Book 129) (p. 10). Pickwick Publications, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Kindle Edition.