‘When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’ Col 3.4 NIV.
Freedom really is Christ. Much of this freedom if freedom from ourselves.
If we are tied to the law we cannot escape judging, because the heart of the law is judgement. The knowledge of good and evil is judgment and it is a lie. It insinuates, you are not enough and something more is required. Law-based Christianity is an extended version of the original lie – you need to do something else’s to be as gods.
The saddest thing about law-bound Christians is that in this mode we cannot help judging those who have dispensed with it in favour of Christ their life.
When Paul exclaimed, ‘You foolish Galatians’ he was not judging. He was stating a fact. ‘Discrimination’ is often seen as a bad thing today. But what it increasingly obvious is that many people are not discriminating enough to tell the difference between truth and error and wisdom and folly.
TRUTH WILL OUT
Adam and Eve were already were sons of God when Satan suggested Father was less than He appeared and that they were not good enough as they were. A similar lie is presented today. Christ our life is not up to the task, so we need to boost Him up with bits of law and coatings of religion, they say.
THE TRUTH IS we are sons now in spirit and in truth when we live in the reality of the incarnation. Sons potentially if we imprison ourselves in the old covenant. But Jesus came to set the captives free from bad ideas.
You have oneness with God. This is your inheritance and possession.
I have known a few Christians who are subtly anti-life and seen some who are getting heaps out of life. The disturbing fact to some proprietors of the Christian Industry is that when Christ has come in the flesh of the people, they have no need of the accoutrements of religion. Christ our life means just that. That Christ, our Father and Holy Spirit are in our life personally and with us as they release their spirit and life in us.
When we consume religion we are not alive. When we eat Christ’s flesh and drink His blood we are the Body of Christ and Christ multiplied as the church. The signs and reminder of this is the Lord’ Table. The reality of it is an intentional living in Jesus rather than add-ons and legalisms.
I read about a man, we’ll call him Jack, talking to Jesus in a vision. Jesus asked him what he thought he had accomplished with his life. Jack gave a rendition of his accomplishments as one might in presenting a resume. Jesus was amused. He laughed and said, ‘No that’s not it. I just wanted to know what you have been making of being Jack.’
Jesus suffered the cross and now lives to indwell you – so you can be the you who is the real you and a son/daughter of God.
You have been woven into God and God into you. Yet is with us personally as well. We are in the company of the Holy Family. Holiness is not an effete piety. Holiness is life to the full.
‘Alive’ people overflow with love, life and good humour. They are possessed of a love for life and they are spirited. Real life is largely spirit manifested in a healthy soul and a joyful body.
Whereever Jesus went He irrigated that place with spirit and life. It is to be hoped that we love people enough and love ourselves enough not to leave them accommodating themselves to dwarfed forms of life and spirit - just because that mode is their expectation, their religion and their limitation.
The dwarves in the Last Battle would not eat the food in the bucket, even though it was the Bread of Life in disguise. They remained dwarves – like we do when we choose to live from the law instead of Christ our life.
LIFE TO THE FULL AS YOUR LIFE
‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full’ John 10.10 NIV.
Genuinely spiritual people are the most alive, yet often an affront to the religious mind. They disregard their manufactured pities and set at nought their sense of earned entitlement.
EVIL IS REAL BUT LIFE IS ORIGINAL
There is of course, such a thing as sin. Evil is real as is seen in the murder of a wife and children recently in Queensland, in the papers. Life and goodness is more real than evil. Life is original. It flows from union with God. It undoes evil, multiplying healing and well-being. But it’s not just a force. It’s not karma and it is THE TRINITY IN YOU AND IN US.
We need to live out of life and not from sin management. We could well examine whether some ‘sins’ are nothing more than religious humbug or genuine evils. There’s nothing more insidiously evil than non-life parading itself as life. This is a manifestation of the father of lies.
‘For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit’ John 3.34 NIV.
SPIRIT OF LIFE MANIFESTS AS YOU
Life is relationship. It’s spirit. It’s Christ come in our flesh. Incarnated life is Christ come in our spirit, soul and body. If we are related to life as it is, and not relating to some warped presentation of the gospel, we will be filled with that life. Life came from life. It came from the life of the trinity to manifest as Jesus Christ. Jesus came to draw us into the life and love of God, there to live and flourish. Jesus is in us to manifest the real us as the church built without human hands.
‘I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world’ John 6.51 NIV.
A SACRAMENTAL LIFE
Richard Rohr tells of his living the eucharist. “I did not go to Eucharistic communion most of that Lent; I instead learned to live in communion most of the hours of the day, which I think is the goal of any true sacrament or practice. This doesn’t take a lot of thinking. It doesn’t take a lot of theology. It doesn’t take a lot of education. It’s doesn’t even take a lot of morality. You just have to walk and breathe and receive and give, and—voilà!—you’re in the flow. And this cannot be done by just thinking about it. It’s like you’re in on the secret of the universe, and yet you can’t prove it to anybody.” (1).
The prize is to be yourself with selfishness and grossness. You can when Christ is your life. To eat and drink the Son of Man is to become a new creation on a daily basis. You are one with God and fully the you God made and redeemed. To be holy is not to be some pious, irritating freak. It’s to be fully human, fully alive and fully you.
God is not less in you because you are playing monopoly or having a barbeque. God is no more with us on one day of the week than on any other. God is with us and in us ALWAYS. To realise this is to realise what and who Jesus is for you.
‘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 what Paul meant by the words, ‘Christ your life.’ He is much more than our salvation. He is the alpha and omega of life itself and He lives in you. Because you are the expression of Him, you also are life itself, as yourself and wherever you are. We all belong to the Body of Christ, nevertheless we must choose whether we are a community of sons or a family of slaves.
‘But what does Scripture say? "Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman's son’ Gal 4.30 NIV.
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Divine Dance: The Trinity and your transformation (Kindle Locations 1834-1839). SPCK. Kindle Edition.