We need to embrace the Christ of God and not a personally imagined christ; seize the gospel of the Kingdom and not a partisan gospel.
We must possess Christ come in our flesh – not a bunch of religious motions come as the flesh.
An attachment to a bunch of doctrines supported by selected proof texts may not be a gospel at all. A real Gospel is a state of being in which we are objectively one with God because we agree with Him that we are incarnated with the fullness of God.
‘I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7which is really no gospel at all’ Gal 1.6 NIV.
We all belong in God. His atonement applies to all. But we must participate in it. Participate in what He has done in making us one with Himself and participate in a full-gospel instead of a part gospel or a ‘No gospel at all.’ Jesus invites the restless and the barren into His communion with Himself and Father. By the Spirit this communion is real and manifests as us in our inner life and outer activities everyday.
The key to a vibrant life is to know and experience the fullness of this belonging and not live in a fraction of our inheritance when we possess the whole. Live from an overflowing glass. Not a half glass or mere drops of grace when you have a river of life as your inheritance.
Belonging to a community may not be a fullness in Christ. ‘It is much easier to belong to a group than it is to know that you belong to God. (1) We do better when we belong to a community for whom Christ is life than one for whom religion and law is an attempted life.
VARIETIES OF CURSE
Paul warned of ‘Other Gospels.’ Jesus spoke of wheat and tares – of sons of God and sons of the father of lies. Matthew wrote of ‘This Gospel of the Kingdom.’ In Galatians Paul urged all to live in their inheritance as sons of the free woman and not of the slave woman. The latter are sons of God in theory but not in spirit and in truth. If we have embraced ‘another gospel’ we have truncated our inheritance and suffocated our sonship. Whether we belong to the Body is moot, if we are promoting a lesser gospel and a diseased body.
‘But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God's curse! Gal 1.8 NIV. Being in the body or out of the body is not much help if we are under God’s curse.
IDENTITY OF THE BODY
In this age, the age of the new covenant, Christ our life is expressed as us personally and as the church collectively. But more than this, the incarnation, the trinity in us, births first the church, then a new creation society that is the Kingdom of God.
‘Christ come in the flesh’ is the essence of the new creation age. He comes first in those who have agreed that they are received into His fellowship and His life. As sons of God they live in the spirit of sonship and multiply the knowledge of God in Christ. Heaven and earth is joined when the trinity lives in and manifests as the sons and daughters of God.
The gospel of the Kingdom is that we all belong in God and that God lives in us.
DON’T MAKE STUFF UP
Don’t short-sell yourself and others by denying Christ come in the flesh on account of your obsession with the law and religion. Here you ally yourself with the spirit of antI-Christ and all who unite to suffocate fullness in Christ.
We are living in an age of mass deception. An age in which confused people choose kings with no clothes as leaders and in which the misguided notions of the masses are equated by the foolish as just as valid as the knowledge of the intelligent and the informed. The folly of making truth up is seen in the living parable of the disintegrating United States.
Christ is our life. Anything else is futility and disintegration.
We need not belong to the occult to be confused by the anti-christ spirit. ‘Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist’ 2 JOHN 1.7 NIV. Christ has not come in our flesh if the law reigns in our flesh.
TRUTH THAT SETS YOU FREE TO BE
‘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
The truth of the new testament age is that you are in God and God is in you. This is why we belong to The Body. In Jesus you have been drawn into the fullness of God so that your being is in Him and He is in you. ‘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. ‘Realising’ is the difference between notional belonging and spirit and truth belonging. This is the objective reality of the new covenant age. Seek to know it and resolve to live in it because to do so is to live in God. Say ‘yes’ to Christ your life and exit the torpor that has overtaken you. Begin to flourish as a daughter and a son because God has come in your flesh.
Richard Rohr writes, “Spirituality is about seeing. It’s not about earning or achieving. It’s about relationship rather than results or requirements. Once you see, the rest follows. You don’t need to push the river, because you are in it. The life is lived within us, and we learn how to say yes to that life. If we exist on a level where we can see how “everything belongs,” we can trust the flow and trust the life, the life so large and deep and spacious that it even includes its opposite, death.
We must do this, because it is the only life available to us, as Paul wrote to the Colossians, “You have died [the small ego self], and the life you now have is hidden with Christ in God [the Godself]. When Christ is revealed — and he is your life — you too will be revealed in all your glory with him” (Col. 3:3–4). (2)
(1) Rohr, Richard. Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer (p. 22). The Crossroad Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.