NAKED TO CHRIST
Richard Rohr speaks of a direct and unrestricted communion with Christ. He calls it living in the ‘Naked Now’. This is about allowing Christ to be our life to such an extent that we are unclothed of religion and clothed entirely with the being of Christ.
One of the peculiarities of knowing God and being a spiritually sensitive person is found un-surprisingly in the enjoyment of an un-insulated communion with Christ. This is because the core of our being becomes what it is meant to be, when we live in our inheritance – the state of oneness that Jesus prayed for when He said to His Father, ‘That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me’ John 17.22-23 NIV.
The result of the cross and the gift of eternal life is union with God in the same manner as God as trinity is one with Godself. Atonement from the cross paves the way for incarnation in which we are woven into Christ and Christ is woven into us resulting in our oneness with the trinitarian God – our life in the Spirit.
One can be a religious person but cannot be a spiritual person living in the separation that is the law. The law defines people as separate who do not possess perfection. The Christ of God defines people as ‘included’ and ‘belonging’ by the provision of God and the achievement of Christ. Our ‘being one as we are one’ is achieved by God and earned personally by Christ. This intimate union is as real as God is real. It’s the undoing of every lie and false impression of separation from God.
The oneness Jesus has achieved is the kind of oneness that a good marriage has in the ‘knowing’ of each other. Such knowing is not defined by a marriage certificate or even by the status of ‘being married.’ The oneness is real as it is lived out in spirit and truth in the life of the couple. What applies in marriage applies in principle to other degrees of friendship. You will have a closer relationship to a ‘Christ your life’ person than you will with a religious person. With a legalistic person, you may never get below the surface on account of the fact that ‘surface’ is mostly all there is.
Concerning knowing God and spirituality, Thomas Torrance observes that, “We are not really able to know other people except in so far as we enter into reciprocal relations with them through which we ourselves are affected, that is, in friendship.
“If it is a fundamental principle that we may know something only in accordance with its nature, then we may know it only as we allow its nature to prescribe to us the mode of knowing appropriate to it and to determine for us the way in which we must consciously behave toward it.
“Personal beings require from us, therefore, personal modes of knowledge and behaviour, that is, the kind of knowledge that comes through a rapprochement or communion.. It cannot be otherwise with our knowledge of God. If we are really to know God in accordance with his nature as he discloses himself to us, we require to be adapted in our knowing and personal relations toward him.”
PERSONS ARE NOT ABSTRACTIONS
Consequently, we will not know God, through the law because such an abstraction is the opposite to the nature of a personal God and is actually a figment of an imagination formed in the Adamic separation of the knowledge of good and evil. This is intrinsically anti-life which is why the Adamic life starts with the death of the spirit, the atrophy of the soul and the eventual death of the body.
Fortunately, Christ our life is the resurrection and the life as well as spirit and life in the present. We will be a spiritual person in this state of being and because Christ has come in our flesh, we will evince spirituality with practicality. We call this bearing much fruit.