THAT WHICH IS HOLY IS NEVER RELIGIOUS
The beauty of grace is that one need not know every jot and tittle in order to be saved. It is advantageous to understand the nature of that grace so that we live in all of it rather than just some of it. The truth about grace is that we need to live in a full glass rather than a glass half full (empty) - a glass that is deficient because it is not Christ’s gospel. It’s a subverted gospel made less than the genuine by addition or subtraction.
THE UGLY DUCKLING
The problem with shonky gospels is that we can think we are alive when we have never been alive. Real life is a state of being – the state of being a son/daughter in spirit and truth. Extravagant life is more than the forgiveness of sins. Spirit and life is the life that floods our being when incarnated with the triune God. Christ our life is this life. The ugly duckling was really a swan. The Believer living Christ as her life is a daughter of God – not just a worker.
Sonship is more than being productive. It’s living to the fullness of your being.
HIDDEN IN GOD AND FULLY ALIVE
Many years ago I read John Powell’s words, ‘Fully human and fully alive’. This not a moral expert but a person who is ignited with the spirit of life and is fully themselves as son/daughter. Duty is adequate but spirit and life is superior.
Spirit and life is less a state of ecstasy and more a contented rest in God that delivers you as the you who you are - spirited and alive.
AN ALIVE YOU
You enter your real identity in oneness with Christ. One with Christ – in perichoresis - you have entered the state of your emerging real self. This is what Jesus was talking about when He explained to Nicodemus why he must be born again. We are kings and priests for the Kingdom in union with Christ. Never when we are representatives of the law and religion.
MORE REAL THAN THE LAW
Thomas Merton experienced and taught the beneficial truth of being incarnated, rather than living insulated from God in religion. ‘Once the spirit was freed.. It could enter into union with Him: and what is more, this union was not something vague and metaphorical, but it was a matter of real experience.”
The incarnated life or what Paul named as Christ our life is not vaporous. It is you and it is us being the persons who are the habitation of God because Christ has come in our flesh. Now we are life-givers by being ourselves.
One can live from the law as a dead tree persuading ourselves that we are alive because we are busy or because we have adopted an iconic self-made piece of ‘grace.’ But when graced with Christ as our life we are free to be us and rest in this upwelling of Jesus in us.
The zealous, Spirit-filled Christian may be fond of remarks such as, ‘We must be the habitation of God’ as though this is the result of an anointing and vigorous cleansing. But it is not. Habitation the result of a quiet rest in the reality of Christ’s incarnation of you and our learning to live in this rather than in assorted externalities. You are already cleansed and you are already one with God in Christ.