MAKE A HOME IN CHRIST YOUR LIFE
Simply by inertia we can find ourselves baptised into a vast structure of religion – a generality that is little more than drops of life. Then again we can live in oneness with God, baptised and incarnated with the Real Presence as Leanne Payne calls it. This oneness with God is not an anointing or the practice of the gifts. But it is what it is – union with God.
‘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.
We can pretend to ourselves that we are open minded lovers of truth using the fiction that our theology is as legitimate as the rest. This may be true if we are joined to the rest by the one gospel and not an adherent of ‘another gospel’ that uses the same words but is in fact an aberration and a heresy.
We do better to live in what is ours – oneness with Father, instead of an obsession with our earthly father’s religion. ‘Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me’ Matt 10.37 NIV.
NO SUBSTITUTE FOR LIFE
Adherence to a learned orthodoxy is never a substitute for life. Untruth, more commonly known as spin and lies always dulls the spirit and cripples the soul.
I have always had a passion for life, which increased greatly after I uncounted some painful jolts and a degree of misery in my journey. Nothing is lost or a waste of time when we are in God. We can be in Him less or more. Great pain and great love can prompt us to seek more of God than we had, particularly when we realise that Jesus Himself as spirit and life has drawn us into His life and fellowship as well as imbued Himself by the Spirit into our being.
If you have a passion for life, you will have a passion for truth. Don’t kid yourself that you are an addict of life if you are careless about the truth. ‘Lies’ have a father whose purpose is to degrade life under the guise of enlightenment. As Believers we can live in denial similar to the denial of the climate change denier.
LIGHT OF YOU AND THE WORLD
‘In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind’ John 1.4 NIV.
Jesus promoted Himself as life and light, which is what He is. In God truth is never an abstraction. It’s always alive because it’s an aspect of God. Seek the truth without reservation and you will enjoy more of God and more of life as an indwelling and an experience of spirit and life. But you have to seek it and never let yourself slip into a phlegmatic accommodation to misinformation simply because it’s your perspective.
If your practice is to put up a fiction in your mind each time you have a truth encounter, you will die a little each time you do it.
Leaving all and following Jesus can sometime mean taking leave of what our parents believed, advancing beyond the things our church believes and entering the realm of non-religious life that God – but not a lot of Believers - believe in. This is that mode of being that Paul called Christ your life and that John wrote of as Christ come in our flesh.
We find the following quote in Myk Habets.. “Nobody has all the answers—I certainly do not. But one way to make progress is to look at issues in a new way and enter into conversation. Theology does not depend on any single theologian. Truth will yield its secrets to the body of Christ if we will listen to God and to one another humbly, accepting correction.” —Clark H. Pinnock.
We can hear truth when we listen and we listen because we are sufficiently humble. The poor in spirit see God and the others see only what they have always seen.
(1) Habets, Myk. The Anointed Son: A Trinitarian Spirit Christology (Princeton Theological Monograph Series Book 129) (p. 1). Pickwick Publications, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Kindle Edition.