PAUL'S GOSPEL 2
Paul’s Gospel was a gospel of life – of Christ our life. He was not advocating for a new religion. Christianity as a religion is a misnomer. Your genuine inheritance in Christ is incarnation. John advocated the same thing with the words, ‘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.
An unfortunate misconception is to imagine that real life begins after the second coming. Jesus’ incarnation among us in this life of hills and streams and shops and ovals, is critical and important. The incarnation of Christ in us means that the life of Every Day is the arena where the Kingdom of God is realised. Second comingitus is the ultimate dualism.
We were made to live in God. This is how we began. When we live in life who is a Person, we are alive and we seek life out. But we must know that life is personal, is persons and a communion. Life begins in the trinity and is sourced from this life-hub. Life is relationship first with God and then with ourselves. In this union which is a communion, we are fully human, fully alive and sons and daughters of God in spirit and in truth. But should we have been seduced into pseudo life we will see life as a threat. We will oppose real life and pretend we are alive by living in its shadows.
There’s more to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil than meets the eye. When God said, “If you eat that fruit, you will surely die,’ He was intimating what would occur as a result. Humans would separate themselves from life. He did not say what The Enemy already knew – that the attempt to be godly in the sorcery of this forbidden knowledge involves separation from God.
But this is its essence. And in the upside-down logic and irrationality of this ‘knowledge of good and evil’ human beings would cling to its fragments and dichotomies as if these scraps were life. They would argue, propose perspectives and evangelise theologies that were death disguised as life. Many would oppose life and do this in the name of God.
ONE AS THEY ARE ONE
There was no religion before the fall. God and Adam and Eve lived in communion (relationsip). Religion is what we resort to when we are attempting to overcome the (supposed) absence of God. Religion opposes life. Many may take offence at this for religion is what they live in. Religion opposes life in innocence, in malice and in delusion. Delusion because through His Son Father has made us one with God. Since the cross we have had direct union with God – when we are perceptive enough to live it.
CHRIST THE MEDIATOR
There need be no ‘religion’ following the cross – no mediatorial apparatus. But there is communion with God and each other. God is in us and with us. When we live our community life in the incarnation, we are aware that the trinity is woven into our Gathering. Jesus is one with our being. God and human beings now have a union that is best described as the inter-weaving of being. This anticipated this in John 17 and in this scripture?
‘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. This is our individual life, our community life and all of our life.
Jesus said, those who eat me will live because of me. By agreeing that Jesus is our life He becomes our life. His Table represents this reality. It’s a demonstration of the incarnation of God in us. By eating the Bread of Life we become fully alive with His spirit and life. We increase in life and in life-giving agency as life-giving spirits. The Spirit of Life has manifest in our flesh – which is to say the life of God is manifest as Bob and Jane.
‘Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world’ 1 John 4. 1-3 NIV.
Oneness with God is already ours as individuals and as the church. This oneness is mediated by Christ directly to us. Private and community worship is made easier and life-giving when our starting position is Christ in us – rather than in various motions to undo separation from God that has not existed since Jesus said. ‘It is finished!’ Praise and worship done to gain union with God is misguided. Praise and worship done in the knowledge of our union with God aligns us with John 14.20 NIV.
In the new covenant the Spirit of God in its fullness can manifest as you, if you are humble enough to believe and if you have not made a denominational system out of eyes that cannot see and ears that cannot hear. Should we take our Adam to the cross we will rise as resurrected sons of God in the person of Jesus to live an Easter Life as Christ multiplied as us and people we know.