You can rejoice in the exuberance of life without having to anaesthetise yourself with alcohol. You can live life as a delight without the need to live in a bubble of fantasy. You can live a Christian life in which you know what is real and what is a lie. You can live Christ your life and live a ‘living life.’
We can live in moderate satisfaction accommodating ourselves to what we are used to. This kind of satisfaction can be ‘the opiate of the people.’ But we cannot live life to the full in a half-gospel. Blind people can live full lives despite their disability. But it’s not as good as being able to see.
AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL
Anyone who has an accident and loses their sight will at first regard it as the disaster it is. But they can come to terms with the disability and sense reality in alternate ways. Even in their blindness they can work towards the light in its different manifestations.
Christ in you is the light in the tunnel
The spiritual disaster that is the most dis-empowering is the illusion that we can ‘see’ when we are in fact blind. Satan blinded Adam And Eve with a false narrative that deceived them into a false reality. God countered by having Jesus come as The Light to set captives free from darkness. Darkness is false ideas about God, false notions of the plan of salvation and false notions about ourselves. Plausible lies can become some people’s religion.
The post truth age in which we live in this season is the result of neglecting to leave behind the Adamic life of the knowledge of good and evil to live in the new covenant knowledge of life – a state of being one with God. When Christ is a religion rather than a life who is lived, people wallow in confusion.
Satan was defeated at the cross. The fall was undone and the rise of humanity guaranteed. But Satan has never let this truth stand in the way of a plausible lie.
In pursuance of the deceit of the fall, Satan has blinded the eyes of many with a new version of the fall’s assumptions. This is the notion that we are still in separation from God and that Godliness consists in undoing this separation by our own religious efforts: Namely by refraining from evil and doing good or in its most sophisticated form, ‘Keeping close to Jesus.’ or in its more acrid forms, continuing to live from the law. Thus it is not uncommon for ministers to spend their entire lives giving homilies on behavior management fortified by Biblical texts and scriptural stories. But the objective truth is that Christ is our life.*
DESIRE OF AGES
All ‘religion’ is based on the attempt to achieve union with God by our own efforts. But this was not why Jesus came. He did not come so we can do religion better. This is not the message of Jesus, John or Paul. Their message is that Christ is our life. Baxter Kruger writes,
“The great disaster of Adam and Eve was not simply that they sinned or were disobedient to a divine rule. The disaster was that in believing the lie of the evil one they became blind. And by “blind,” I do not mean that they could not see physically. I mean that their perception of reality became skewed, so skewed that they could no longer perceive the real truth about God or about themselves.” (1)
We can personally continue in this misperception and even promote communities of faith on it – on a lie.
‘As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God's curse!’ GAL 1.9 NIV.
The curse accrues from a double whammy. We live in a lie instead of living in life and we promote a degree of death as though it is life. The blessing is unlimited life. Thomas Torrance writes, “We are united to Christ who is bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh, and participate in the risen Humanity of Christ so that we are bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh.” Jesus Christ is you. Jesus Christ is us. This is the church built without human hands. It is the new creation Kingdom of God.
The curse is the situation we find ourselves in when contained in ‘Other Gospels,’ false christs and the law. It is not undone by mission or by ‘the gifts.’ But it is undone when oneness is our life because we have taken seriously Christ as our life and followed Him out of the age of sin and death into the age of Kingdom life – which is Jesus as us.
One can spend one’s entire ministry propagating a gospel that did not come from God and that denies the real Christ and only realise our folly when we get to be with the Lord.
ADDICTED TO SELF VALIDATION
The blindness of such a condition is that one thinks one can see when one is a blind man stalking around a dead mulberry bush of a mistaken beliefs. But you have a tree of life and can be this tree. You have union with God in Christ who is your life and your righteousness. The real Christ is the Christ of God who lived exclusively from His Father, without obeisance to the law or to religion. Jesus is your pattern and the living way in which you and Father are one.
DEAD MEN WALKING
‘But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!’ Matt 6.23 NIV.
THE LOVE OF GOD
Richard Rohr observes, “Most of us were taught that God would love us if and when we change. In fact, God loves you so that you can change. What empowers change, what makes you desirous of change is the experience of love. It is that inherent experience of love that becomes the engine of change.” This love is a personal. It is the trinity in you and with you. You are enveloped in love. Love expresses itself as you because God is love.
* ‘Christ our life’ is not a figure of speech or a sloppy metaphor of living Christianity, doing religion, attachment to observances or a certain kind of morality. It is what it says: Jesus as you.
(1) Kruger, C. Baxter. Across All Worlds: Jesus Inside Our Darkness (Kindle Locations 416-419). Perichoresis, Inc. Kindle Edition.