You have direct access to Jesus in the Spirit. You have direct access to God and communion with God in Jesus Christ. How do you get this? By agreeing with Christ that you do.
Deep faith is more than a set of beliefs. It’s a state of being. This is indicated by Paul’s observation in Acts, ‘In Him we live and move and have our being’. Religions of note acknowledge this, as does the Kingdom of Jesus Christ in which one lives personally in union with God rather than in union with religion. In Christ we are gifted to be one with God which turns out to be included in the communion that is the trinity. Genuine spirituality is different to religion in that we have direct communion with the Christ of God and through Him with the spirit and life of the universe: The trinitarian God.
GOD GIVES HIMSELF
When we speak of Christ being in us and with us, we are talking incarnation of the kind that is much more than immanence. ‘Being’ manifests itself in the person of Jesus Christ who communicates with us person to person. ‘He is before all things, and in him all things hold together’ Col 1.17 NIV. The Christ of God who is ‘being’ is in us and with us. Mysticism is not mysterious. It is simply and profoundly Christ in you.
Life in the Spirit is the effect of our believing and living the personal union with God that is already ours.
YOUR UNION WITH GOD
The best novels and movies acknowledge this too and are based on the assumption of incarnation. The movie Storm Boy 2019 is as much about nature and our living as part of the Fabric of Life, as it is about a Pelican and a boy. No pantheism here.
However we are not left to a generalised, amorphous presence similar to ‘the force’. The pointy end of incarnation is Jesus Christ and not as religion but as Christ in you.
Christianity lived as a state of being one with Christ rather than as a belief system unites us directly to Christ, the logos, who is the meaning and purpose of the universe. Paul called this the law of the spirit of life which is a ‘who’ and everything that an existence in the letter that kills is not. We can be positioned in the Body of Christ as a corps or beings of spirit and light. The key is to live in union with God in the Christ of God and not in orthodox (common sense)* separation.
We do well to embark on our own journey of faith discovery. We may, like baby magpies, swallow the regurgitated food that is our parents beliefs. But unless we examine our faith and the reasons for our beliefs we will never fly far and forever be contained in some form of the nest that insulates us from real life.
Richard Rohr observes, “Untested faith tends to produce a very mechanistic and impersonal spirituality. Mature faith, however, almost always has a quality of paradox and mystery about it—as if to leave room for the freedom of God.” (1) Agreed. Growing in Christ as a person is learning to leave religion behind to live directly in God. Jesus called this the New Birth – our entry to the new creation Kingdom of God.
NOT A RELIGION BUT A PERSON
When Jesus established Himself as the way, the truth and the life, He was declaring Himself the Source of our being and the living door to a lived fellowship with the trinity. To be united with the trinity is to have fellowship with the creation, to nurture it and not abuse it. God so loved the world that He gave His only Son. If we love God we will love the world in spirit and in truth.
We were made to live in God and in the new covenant we do. Union with God is a state of being that is ours. But it is possessed by belief. It’s much more than the citing of a proof text. It’s state of being that is you in union with God because you believe God that He has done it. In Christ God has positioned you in the Communion of Himself.
‘He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.’ Col 1.15-17.
You are in God and God is in you. As such you are one with the creation and one with the spirit of life. As such you are alive. You are spirit and life, a healer, life-giver and life-preserver.
* Common sense can be all the prejudice and misinformation we have absorbed as truth by the time we are eighteen.
(1) Rohr, Richard. What the Mystics Know: Seven Pathways to Your Deeper Self. The Crossroad Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.