There are great similarities between a ‘paradigm shift’ and being ‘born again.’ Our new birth life is both a new way of being and a new way of seeing. It is the new and living way in which we cease to live in Adam, Moses and religion and live entirely from the person of Jesus. Living from Jesus as our life makes us one with God – which is to say that our being becomes interwoven with the trinity and its three persons.
Should we live from the law we will not be spiritual people. Religious, yes and pious, probably but not spiritual. Because spirituality has nothing to do with externalities and everything to do with Christ in you. A life in the law can better be represented by cogs of clock than a person. A life in Christ can be so free that one may not appear to be religious at all. When we live Christ our life – the life we live as the manifestation of Jesus in us, is Christ come in is and in our world. This life is never restricted to churches or moralism.
EMERGANCE OF THE REAL SELF
Our new birth is not our stopping our philandering and drinking. New birth is not initially about morality even if it’s result is a transition from degradation to a more elevated humanity. New birth is the result of the cross. It is Christ’s life as ours. It is our assumption of what Christ has done - our life in Adam put to death in Jesus and our life in Jesus manifest as us by the Spirit of Christ.
New birth is a change of being that results in the new creation.
NEW LENS NEEDED
The parable of The Sower is about refusing to live in the new covenant. About people who made minor religious adjustments to their lives without the death to self that is Christ our life. The story is not about rooting out sins from the garden of our life. It is about being done with any version of religion that is not entirely Christ our life.
The Parable of the Sower is about a proper and complete new birth; about leaving behind our life in Adam and Moses, being done with fictions and excuses to retain Moses and the old covenant and stepping boldly into the church of the Firstborn From the land of The Dead. Writing of this change in our perception of reality and being Richard Rohr observes,
DEAD IN ADAM BUT ALIVE IN CHRIST
“In his book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas Kuhn popularized the word “paradigm shift.” He made clear that even in the scientific field, a paradigm shift is tantamount to what religion often calls “major conversion.” And it is equally rare in both science and religion!
Any genuine transformation of worldview asks for such a major switch from the track we’re familiar with that often those who hold the old paradigm must actually die off before a new paradigm can gain traction and wide acceptance. Even more shocking is Kuhn’s conclusion that a paradigm shift has little to do with logic or even evidence, and everything to do with cataclysmic insight and breakthrough.” (1)
NEW COVENANT DENIAL
You have a self in God that will not be realised in an old covenant mindset. Resurrection and re-birth is, a lived new covenant life. As has been noted by the astute, “Life is not a matter of creating a special name for ourselves, but of uncovering the name we have always had.”
Holy Spirit anointing is not the solution to our retention of ideas that God has left behind. The Spirit, if followed, will lead you to where Jesus is now.
BORN OUT OF RELIGION
Kuhn’s observation involves us in the abandonment of the wineskin that most of us were born into. It involves the realisation that the new wineskin is not about salvation per se but about our exit from the knowledge of good and evil into a life in God.
More importantly we note that we and our ideas must die to the old before we can participate in the new – which means we must bring our basic religious notions to the cross and leave them there.
END OF LIES TO SELF
Most importantly it states that we are unlikely to enter in to the reality of our new covenant life without the benefit of revelation, which takes account of our tendency to fend off the new with self-generated fictions and theological rationalisation of great inventiveness.
Until we have a heart that is willing to follow Jesus to the cross, it is unlikely that we will benefit from such revelation. This means that we will continue the endless circling of our mulberry bush looking for some ‘key’ or understanding of ‘the gifts’ that might liberate us from the fits and starts of our Adamic life. (1) Rohr, Richard. The Divine Dance: The Trinity and your transformation (Kindle Locations 495-500). SPCK. Kindle Edition.