REST FROM HUMAN RESTLESSNESS IS CHRIST
The normal religious life is a Kingdom. It’s not meant to a compartmentalised life. Christ our life is the post cross normal because it extinguished the mode of the knowledge of good and evil where reality is sliced up into ‘allowed’ and ‘not allowed’. This is the contract mode in which many live to gain ‘entitlement.’
But we are entitled in Jesus. The vicarious humanity of Christ is our entitlement and the incarnation is our Source of spirit and life. Without this ignition we have no Kingdom Life at all. But we do take up a lot of space.
This ‘normal’ is not God’s life for you. If we are living in religion, even in Christianity we will be living in this segmented unreality dividing our experience up into holy and unholy, sacred and secular, sabbath and non-sabbath. This is not God’s normal. It is sub-normal.
In Christ your life, you have a Sabbath life of rest in union with God.
Before the fall Adam and Eve lived a Sabbath Life of union with God. Since the cross we have a Sabbath life of interwoveness with God – a life that is unified, whole and holy and a life in in which we are entirely at rest because we have found our being/self in God.
Nothing we do can add to the union with God that is already ours. Everything we do in relation can numb us from the direct influence of God and suffocate the direct effect of Christ as our life.
Christ our life does not mean that Jesus is near you or even in you. It means that your body, soul and spirit becomes the expression of His Spirit.
In this life we are one with God and now have the capacity to be a channel of His life into all we do at any place and at every time. In Him we live, move and have our being and enjoy ‘His being us’ in us, manifesting as Joy, Sam and Neville. We live in God and are one with God. This is the real meaning of sons.
KNOWLEDGE WITHOUT INSIGHT
Christ is all and in all. He is in you and has become part of you. To maintain oneself in the law is to suffocate the direct effect of the incarnation and demonstrate to all that we did not understand what Jesus did for us through the cross: Atonement and union.
You are not dichotomised if you are in God. You are not expected to live in compartments, in bits and pieces, thimbles and rabbit burrows. Not when you have a life in God and YOU ARE HIS LIFE.
INCARNATION IS NON-DUALITY
“If we have some good teachers, we will learn to develop a conscious nondual mind, a choiceful contemplation, some spiritual practices or disciplines that can return us to unitive consciousness on an ongoing and daily basis. Whatever practice it is, it must become “our daily bread.”” (1)
AGREE WITH YOUR ONENESS IN GOD
How does it become our daily bread? ‘Those who eat Me will live because of Me’. ‘Unless you eat My flesh and drink my blood you have no life in you.’ What is this eating? It’s simply living the incarnation. It’s being you in God. It’s living in oneness with God so that you are manifest as the new creation that is you every minute of your life – and this without stress, striving and religiosity of any kind. In this way of living you are the sacrament. You are the sacrament of Christ your life.
When Jesus tells us that those who eat Him will live because of Him, He is announcing that the oneness that is Him in God is becoming the oneness that is us in Him. In Christ we become one with Christ – as the Lord’s Table attests. This is to say that our life in God comes from God in us. Not from God in the law or God in words and positions.
REALITY IS CHRIST
Thomas Torrance in The Mediation of Christ explains that, “The real text of New Testament revelation is the humanity of Jesus. As we read the Old Testament and read the New Testament and listen to the Word of God, the real text is not documents of the Pentateuch, the Psalms or the Prophets or the documents of the Gospels and the Epistles, but in and through them all the Word of God struggling with rebellious human existence in Israel on the way to becoming incarnate, and then that Word translated into the flesh and blood and mind and life of a human being in Jesus, in whom we have both the Word of God become man and the perfect response of man to God offered on our behalf. As the real text of God's Word addressed to us, Jesus is also the real text of our address to God. We have no speech or language with which to address God but the speech and language called Jesus.” (1)
The real text is not documents, words, definitions or formulations. The real text is firstly Christ and secondly Christ as you. Paul calls this Christ our life.
(1) The Mediation of Christ. P.78
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Universal Christ (p. 209). SPCK. Kindle Edition.