This is a meditation someone sent me as a text message. It is sourced in Henry Nouwen and the notes I have made are a summarized paraphrase. I chose to share it because it speaks into the issue of purity of being, which is to say being truly who we are without mixture. Mixture is always some fragment of the knowledge of good and evil seeking to substitute itself for an exclusive Christ life. Whether it be Christ’s Message veiled or a Christian cult, diluting Christ always dilutes us. Amalgams make our spirit sick and our soul crippled.
I have expressed the view in these posts that we become who we are in spirit and in truth when we worship the Christ of God and live from His Gospel of the Kingdom. This is the gospel of Jesus and the apostles.
The gospel of Jesus, The Way, is both particular and universal. There is one way exclusively for you and universally for all. This is the grace of God expressed in the person of Jesus for us. Any variation to this way - any addition or subtraction to Jesus as exclusively our life in us and for us must be called out for what it is: A production of the anti-christ spirit. Abandon any notion that any version of the gospel is legitimate and see it as the nonsense it is.
ONE CHRIST, ONE GOSPEL
Many people are veiled as persons because their gospel is veiled and their Christ is blurred. Their vision is blurred and their spiritual discernment is dull because they have varied the gospel so much that it is not Christ’s gospel. It’s not exaggerating to say that so deleterious have the inroads of the devil’s attacks on the truth been that what some Believers end up with is a false christ and a badly distorted gospel. This can be seen in the mainstream churches when the gospel is reduced to a moral crusade operating from a Christian version of the knowledge of good and evil. This is subtle and passes in most cases for ‘Christianity.’ But it’s not the gospel of the Kingdom because it’s not Christ as all and in all.
‘And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit’ 2 Cor 3.18 NIV.
Veils and distortions of a more toxic nature can be seen in sects and Christian cults who presume that their special beliefs are a permissible example of Christian pluralism. They are not. They are a cunningly devised fable because they are a falsification of the gospel of Jesus. Such beliefs can render inmates pleased with themselves, as they see their perspective as a possession that offers a distinctive identity and status. But this kind of status renders us blind to the fact that we have no clothes and that our gold is fool’s gold. The quote below is a cogent call to the wise to find themselves in their Christ identity rather than live as blind guides as dead men walking.
‘Our successes rather than our failures can become our greatest enemy...It occurs particularly when we become our successes - when our whole life becomes absorbed in what we have achieved and our work merges with the self ...This eventually becomes a destructive force and we lose ourselves. We need to discover that being is more important than having and that we are worth more than the result of our efforts. The discovery that I am more important than my work and more important than my successes can be a wonderfully freeing experience. We can be nourished in this space ...The discovery will not be without some pain. For to become true to myself, rather than preoccupied with my successes, will mean learning to live without the intoxication of the praise and affirmation of others.’ Derived from a meditation by Henry Nouwen.
Captivity to our pre-conceived notions can render us delusional, persuading us that we have something of value that makes us special. But the effect of our conceived ‘specialness’ is to render us mute in relation to our real selves and undead rather than alive in who we could be as sons in Christ our life. The new birth really is death to the first part of life and resurrection to Christ our life. In Adam we are perpetually less than we are. In Jesus we are more than we had ever imagined.