INTERWOVEN WITH GOD
Have you noticed. The non-religious are sometimes more alive than the religious. How can this be? Possibly because they have cultivated a non-insulated union with life. We need to know that religion can insulate us from life and from God. Belonging to the Body of Christ does not necessarily mean that we possess the wellness of the Groom. Paul clearly warns that a gospel other than the gospel of Jesus and the apostles involves a curse. What is this curse? Limited life, commonly known as disease.
BRIDE AND GROOM
The Bride of Christ is a description of communion that is similar to the notion of the Body of Christ. The common element is union as interwoveness. The archetype of this is the perichoretic communion of the trinity and a manifestation of this among us is a good marriage and family.
Here we have the ‘knowing of Christ’ as in the ‘knowing’ of spouses. This is a knowing that involves the communion of body, soul and spirit. It’s significant that Jesus of Nazareth was incarnated into Mary because the Spirit came on her in something analogous to the act of intercourse. Mary and Joseph were Godly people who lived a life in God consciousness. Whatever the words, ‘the Holy Spirit will come on you means,’ Mary would have known that something significant had occurred which resulted in the growing within her of He who was to be the Christ child.
‘The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God’ Luke 1.35 NIV.
Richard Rohr asserts what we often have been told about holiness and wholeness. It’s a relationship. But not a relationship with definitions and positions. A relationship of ‘oneness’ with God. And not something we have achieved but which we have received. We have been made part of God.
Anointings and gifts of themselves are not a marriage to one husband or Christ come in our flesh. Gifts only operate properly when Christ is our life which means we are one with Community in being joined to the trinity.
CONTACT OUTSIDE INCARNATION IS PROBLEMATIC
“Instead of starting with a stone and working their way up to God, they quickly pretend to have some immediate contact with divine revelation. I don’t want to discourage anyone from running to God, but some people don’t yet know how to run or how to love the stones. They don’t yet know how to perceive, how to be faithful, how to sacrifice, how to see without trying to control. They probably try to control because, like the rest of us, they feel weak, alienated, and out of communion with reality.” (1)
As law adherents we can talk inclusion. But we can only live exclusion. We talk grace but modify it with ‘but.’ We talk being in Christ but live a dualism in which we imagine life and righteousness are separate to us. In Christ they are us.
Oneness with Christ brings oneness with God and oneness with people and the creation. When Christ and not some version of the law is our life we become persons of belonging. In the incarnation we are included in the belonging and oneness that is the triune God. It’s the trinity who is the archetype of the universe. Not the knowledge of good and evil and the law. There is no exclusion in Christ Jesus unless we choose it ourselves with another christ and another gospel.
The point is that union with God is not only about grasping words, stating positions or even deploying the gifts. It’s about living in the life that you have been drawn into by Christ. It’s believing that Adam’s separation is undone in you by Christ. This is how and where our healing takes place and the position from which our wholeness grows. As the Groom, Christ completes us and as the Bride we complete Him in the world.
(1) Rohr, Richard. What the Mystics Know: Seven Pathways to Your Deeper Self. The Crossroad Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.