Watchman Nee wrote, “What we could not do for ourselves, God has done for us. He has put us into Christ. Let me remind you of 1 Corinthians 1:30. I think that is one of the best verses of the whole New Testament: ‘Ye are in Christ.’ How? Of him (that is, ‘of God’) are ye in Christ.’ Praise God! It is not left to us either to devise a way of entry or to work it out. We need not plan how to get in. God has planned it; and he has not only planned it but he has also performed it. ‘Of him are ye in Christ Jesus.’ We are in; therefore we need not try to get in. It is a divine act, and it is accomplished.” (2) WHERE YOU ARE You need not strive to accomplish oneness with Christ and the Holy Family. You are already one with God. The simple and exact meaning of the atonement is at-one-ment. The result of this is that we are one with God, not separated in any way and able to rejoice in the fellowship of the trinity in Christ’s rejoicing in this Fellowship. Where is this trinity? In us. Where are we? In the trinity. In oneness with God and interwoven into God’s being we are holy because God is holy and the most truly ourselves. Most of the best movies and the scenes in notable TV series that are memorable – are so because that have to do with ‘being.’ Of being one with ourselves, one with others and one with the universe. Even movies that do not specifically believe in a personal Christ frequently describe oneness with the universe as a wonderful state of being.
There are people and, not a few of them who never make this transition to oneness with God even though oneness is theirs. Like the climate change denier, they fear to leave behind the familiar order to enter a new and living way of being the creation.
There are folks too, who are hooked on some version of ‘doing.’ Like a Martha who never gets to be a Mary, they spend their lives not understanding that fruitful doing comes out of ‘being;’ of being one with God and living in the belief and practice that we and Father are one.
Sure we are not denied eternal life but the life that flows from us in this disjoined mode is fitful and not continuous. It comes in drops rather than rivers. If it is not spirit and life that is flowing through our being it has no relevance to eternity and is not Kingdom life at all.
NOT A MORALITY PLAY
The Parable of the Sower is not about leaving behind favourite sins and habitual addictions. It’s about leaving behind the old covenant to live in union with God.
The parable of The Sower illustrates that embedded (seeded) in the incarnation – in the deep reality of God’s being - we produce extravagant life.
ONE WITH THE VINE AND THE INFINITE LIFE
Rooted in the law and our own concoctions our efforts are as a weedy, rock, crow infested field. We are not fruitful because we work hard. We produce much fruit because Christ is our life. Such fruit is invisible to the Christian Workaholic but easily witnessed by those resting in Christ their life.
‘Oneness’ is the effect of the incarnation that was planned before the world began.
ATONEMENT IS FOUNDATIONAL
“The atonement is summed up exhaustively in the name Jesus Christ. As God for us and man on our behalf, Jesus Christ Himself is the fullness of our reconciliation with God. Who He is for us and what He has accomplished on our behalf is the sum of the Gospel and of redemption. Who Jesus is the beginning, middle, and end of all we must say about the nature of the atonement. If we are to come to understand what took place in Jesus’ death, we must not divorce this death from the life and person of the man Jesus Christ. Person and work must not be separated. It is for this reason that J. McLeod Campbell writes, “the atonement is the development of the incarnation.” (1)
BEING NOT NOMENCLATURE
The Lord’s Table denotes that we are one substance with Christ. In the truth of the incarnation Christ is you, which is to say that you and all who believe are a manifestation of Him. This is how the church gets to be His Body. We get to be His Body in His Way, His Truth and His life. There’s one life and one Gospel. If everyone has their own gospel the notion of the ‘gospel’ is not falsifiable, which means that it is a mirage amounting to something and nothing. If a proposition is not falsifiable it is neither scientific or true.
THE WAY IS ALIVE
There is A WAY and it is the living way of Christ in you, Christ your life, Christ come in your flesh. To be a son/daughter waling in the spirit of sonship is to be an expression and manifestation of the Christ of God. This is Jesus multiplied in the world: The Body of Christ.
(2) Watchman Nee, The Normal Christian Life, p. 43. (1) Morrison, S. D.. We Belong: Trinitarian Good News (p. 95). Beloved Publishing. Kindle Edition.