A vital truth of the ‘I AM of you’ is your true self. This is who you are as conceived in the trinity before the dawn of time. It is who you are and who you are becoming in Christ who is your life. Christ in you is the hope of glory now and forever because incarnated with Him you become the ‘you’ that you actually are. It’s glorious to be yourself in wholeness, righteousness and spirit.
FALSE SELF/TRUE SELF
We can live a self-constructed self that we built without God or a similar self, built from the material of religion. Both will be our false self. To be real, which is to be authentically you, you must be born again. Do this and you will see and belong to the Kingdom of sons who are the Kingdom of God.
YOU ARE BORN AGAIN
In religion we are not born again. In the law we are tied to Adam and Moses. In Christ we are resurrected, alive and reborn as sons of God expressing our true self as daughters and sons. The spirit of sonship is not restricted to the next life. It is a now experience that verifies the truth that Jesus is indeed spirit and life.
We are not reborn because we have a ministry or live a moral life. We are reborn when Christ is our life.
SUBSTANCE OF LIFE
We must live in the Spirit to be fully human and fully alive. Life in the Spirit is our life in the spirit of sonship. Such a life is ours as a result of our origins in the trinity and as a result of our redemption into union with God. Such a life, far from making anyone a pious git, makes us fully human, fully alive and never so holy that we are of no earthly use. The ancients knew this state of being as Perichoresis. This is the indwelling of God in you and you in God. In this mode we are in Christ and Christ has come in our flesh. We live daily in increasing health and well-being flowering continually as our true selves.
WHAT LIFE IN THE SPIRIT IS
We are not in the spirit in this sense just because we have some of the gifts. ‘In the Spirit’ is the state of being that is ours in our lived experience of the union with God won for us by Jesus in collaboration with Father and Spirit. In the Spirit your Adam is dead and your ‘you’ is Jesus.
In this state of being we flourish as the self with freedom and ease. There’s no need to rely on externalities and additions that are not actually us. I was embarrassed once when a woman seeking to establish her legitimacy as a spiritual teacher listed a bunch of her academic achievements. Sadly this listing established why in the field of kingdom spirituality, she had trouble distinguishing the kernel from the husk. As worthy as these achievements were they were not relevant to her true self as a minister of the new covenant.
Union with God is the prequel to the revelation of you. If Christ is not our life – we are not alive.
Light and life are found in the realm of the Spirit from our union with God and the authenticity of our self. The false self is incapable of spiritual discernment. It does not know itself and is a broken lens through which to view the world.
‘He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant--not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life’ 2 Cor 3.6 NIV. We are competent to minister the Kingdom when we know what the new covenant is because we are living in it.
Everything in the spirit is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. This is because, in the Spirit, we are joined to the Infinity of God and the logos which is the law of the spirit of life.
YOUR LIVING SPIRIT
Paul was alluding to this in Romans 8 when he said, ‘But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you’ Rom 8.10.11 NIV. You are both alive and your true self.
The deal is not just about sin and righteousness. It’s about the Spirit of Life as an over-arching rationality and an inhabiting presence in you, us and the world.
As a result, in the Spirit means that our ‘knowing’ penetrates to the real nature of things. Appearance are side-lined and the essence of anything is revealed in the Spirit’s light of wisdom and revelation. This vision is ours because we are living in our new covenant inheritance of union with God. People with this penetrating vision are known as mystics. This is not a quality reserved for holy men sitting on top of poles or women secluded in cloisters.
Genuine mysticism shines a light on everyday life. Richard Rohr writes,
“Now do not let the word “mystic” scare you off. It simply means one who has moved from mere belief systems or belonging systems to actual inner experience. All spiritual traditions agree that such a movement is possible, desirable, and available to everyone. In fact, Jesus seems to say that this is the whole point! (See, for example, John 10:19–38.) Some call this movement conversion, some call it enlightenment, some transformation, and some holiness.
It is Paul’s “third heaven,” where he “heard things that must not and cannot be put into human language” (2 Corinthians 12:2, 4). Consciously or not, far too much organized religion has a vested interest in keeping you in the first or second heaven, where all can be put into proper language and deemed certain. This keeps you coming back to church, and it keeps us clergy in business. This is not usually the result of ill will on anybody’s part; it’s just that you can lead people only as far as you yourself have gone.” (1)
The problem with this disengagement and separation is that those contained in this bottle have not entered much of God – only the edges of Him.
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See (pp. 29-30). The Crossroad Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.