There’s infinitely more for each of us in God. This is not about trying harder, measuring up or living with more zeal. It’s not about prosperity or sowing into some ‘god thing’ so that you reap a monetary reward. But it is about living in the kind of elevated humanity that identifies you as a son/daughter of God.
When Christ is our life we do not live in dualistic mode. There’s no sacred and secular for us, no dichotomised life driven by categories of good and evil. There’s just Christ our life. We and our living have become the expression of God incarnated in us.
Here we and Father are one. Our being is one. His life and holiness is our life. We are in the love of God and in the love of the earth. We are not separated from wholeness. We are whole in God’s wholeness. There’s no dichotomy between spirituality, ordinary living, care of the Earth, society and the biosphere. “He has made two the one”. Through you, through us and the church, Jesus is drawing all things into Himself.
TREASURE IN YOU
I’m talking about the glory of being you. The glory of the humanity and the glory of the earth. This is about living in the lavish amount of spirit and life that is ours in our inter-woveness with God. Many Believers live in a parsimonious routine when what they have is this treasure house: ‘I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NIV.
Here we are talking about a quality of life that is often invisible and sometimes not – not to those with eyes to see. Because spirit and life bubbles up from their sonship because they live in God’s spirit and light.
We cannot lose when Jesus is our life. Our relationship with Jesus is often fitful and irresolute. But what counts is Jesus’ relationship with His Father. Jesus is in all things for us and as us. But the best news is that His relationship with Father and Holy Spirit is our relationship. This is the news that is better than the good news. We are not just graced. We are graced with His life for us and as us. This is the vicarious humanity of Jesus. Jesus for everyman and every woman. Jesus as every man and every woman.
The parable of the Sower is about the rampant decay that is a life in rejection of the new covenant. The parable is about those who live in their new covenant fertility and those who don’t. Some are rooted in the fertile volcanic soil that is the trinity our life. Others are not so rooted, yet sincere Believers seduced into some form of themselves as their life – working out their days amidst the rocks and weeds of a misrepresented gospel.
The big deal of the new testament age is the incarnation. God in us and more. God interwoven into our being and us interwoven into God. As sons and daughters we were one with God before the fall. Today as a result of the cross and the incarnation we are one with God in an even more intimate way. God and His sons and daughters are woven together in Christ.
This incarnated life is not some kind of monastic mode. It’s not about individualism and it’s wider than jobs. It’s the new creation. If it is the incarnation it is not the kingdom of God and is yet another version of religion.
‘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 NIV.
REALISING this is our new birth into Father’s provision for you and the human race. Our reality is what we have created in our minds. This is the reality of God and His Christ. Comfort, stability of soul and fruitfulness comes from agreeing with the mind of Christ, our Father and Holy Spirit. Allowing ourselves to live in that in which we HAVE ALREADY BEEN RECEIVED by God is the key to our knowing God and knowing ourselves as sons and daughters of God. This is the hope of the world.
C Baxter Kruger writes of the foundational nature of the incarnation. “The incarnation of the Son of God means nothing short of the incarnation of the communion of the Father, Son, and Spirit, and it means the incarnation of the Trinitarian fellowship precisely in the mythological world where our communion has been shattered with impossibility. The beloved Son lived out his own sonship, his own unbroken fellowship with his Father, inside our hell.” (1)
The at-one-ment is much more than a judicial proclamation. It is the accomplishment of radical grace. Grace that is much more than a statement in words. This Grace is the life of Jesus as you. Do you see that, THE LIFE OF JESUS AS YOU. The Kingdom is the life of Jesus as us. Thus, all that our Father has belongs to Jesus and all that belongs to Jesus belongs to us – because He is us.
(1) Kruger, C. Baxter. Across All Worlds: Jesus Inside Our Darkness (Kindle Locations 914-917). Perichoresis, Inc. Kindle Edition.