WOVEN INTO GOD IN CHRIST
We can say, ‘In Him is life and that life is the life of men’ without this life being our life. We can say this because it’s a mere biblical datum and an assertion that although true, may have no purchase on our being.
People can be introduced to a new depth of being in Christ and they might say, ‘But don’t we already know that?’ If they are living in words they may not have ever lived it because we are talking a state of being.
The person who is interested in pumping up their religion is quite different person for whom Christ is life. Religion is not life but Christ your life is you alive.
We can make the statement, ‘In Him we live and move and have our being’ without actually living in God’s being. It’s an assertion that is true, yet has no hold on our being unless the incarnation is the basis of our life. The Lord’s Table is not about the cross. It’s about the result of the cross – Christ come in our flesh. The doctrine of transubstantiation is almost true but not quite. The Lord’s Table means that you become the Body of Christ by incarnation. The Bread and Wine are a concrete example of what is ours in the spirit – Christ come in our flesh.
SONS NOT WORKERS
This highlights the truth that we are who we are - sons and daughters of God - when interwoven with God. But considerably less than we are in any kind of separation. Our realising that ‘I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 is the beginning of the swallowing up of our lives in the life of God. Our embrace of this life, our declaration to ourselves, to Jesus and the powers, that Christ is our life is our acceptance of the belonging that is our inheritance. It’s also the start of the new birth.
‘The gifts’ have no root in the positions of fundamentalism and being in the Body of Christ has no substance when we are living in the law.
We can be engulfed in life because real life is our life in union with the triune God. But skirting around life when we are stuck on words about God as if they are God.
MORE THAN THE SUM OF THE PARTS
We can live a limited compartmentalised life or we can have a life that saturates us. I was talking to a friend on the phone recently. She has a hunger for God. Something like what David had. She said, ‘You know our life in Jesus is bottomless!’ I’m pleased she said that, because it is bottomless. It’s ‘life without limit’ as He said He came to give. Any other source, whether it be Christianity itself, is always life degraded, diluted and adulterated. Yet it’s precisely this kind of unlife that some of us go in to bat for and spend our lives defending.
You may have noticed that David the Psalmist was a sinner yet God describes him as His friend. Why? Because his passion was for God and he lived in intimacy with God as a prophetic figure of the coming incarnation.
I’m not attempting to justify David’s adultery and murder. I’m saying that God’s life and grace are greater than anyone’s sin. Greater than your sin and greater than a law conditioned regime of sin management. At times there are theologians and prophetic figures who are inconsistent in their morality. Don’t let this blind us to their contribution because we have made a religion out of morality. It’s safer to make a spirituality out of grace. Grace is not an abstraction. Grace is the manifestation of God in the Christ of God. Your grace is Christ in you.
We don’t have to be fanatics to get this limitless, effervescing life my friend spoke of. We just need to be discerning enough to take it for what it is: Everywhere and in you.
The paradox of Christ our life is that those who have will have more. This is an all of life, life. There’s no little boxes in time or space where you get to be on your own to be your own ‘lord’ and invest yourself in yourself until Sunday. There’s no sacred and secular in the new testament age and no Sabbath other than a Sabbath life.
Jesus lived in His Father, just like Paul and John lived in Jesus. They didn’t go about fixated on this as though it was a discipline. (It’s not. It’s a choice and an agreement with what is). Jesus and His Father were one as a state of being. Today this is our state of being in which we are invited to rest. It’s a cheerful thing living in this reality. Not only are you in fellowship with the trinity but they are with you and in you. Your spirit-filled life is grounded in the soil of this union with God that is your inheritance and your reality. It needs to be rooted here if it is not to fade.
If we are not in the new covenant we are not in the Spirit and we need to stop telling ourselves we are. Our anointing and life in the Spirit is the effect of our new covenant life – never the result of the old separation.
KNOW FATHER BY KNOWING JESUS
We have the Spirit without limit when we live in the reality that Jesus won for us: We and our Father are one. C Baxter Kruger writes,
“Jesus is not another in the long line of religious leaders dispensing divine advice and direction. What is unique about Jesus is his knowledge of the Father. I don’t mean mere intellectual or academic or theological knowledge. I mean personal, experiential, relational knowledge. He knows the Father. He sees the Father’s face. He lives in communion with the Father in the Spirit. The shocker about Jesus is that he has no interest whatever in hoarding his exclusive communion with His Father: His passion is sharing. Mark it well, Jesus crossed all worlds to come to us, and he did not come to give us a religious manual to follow, or to leave us with fresh insights about a distant God. He came to give himself to us, and all he has and knows.” (1)
So it’s not an adherence to a position that is our comfort. It’s a state of being – a state of being resulting from the fact that Jesus has drawn us into fellowship with His own communion.
ONENESS IS WHERE IT’S AT
It is this Jesus in us who makes us one with Himself, one with the trinity, one with ourselves as in a ‘healed self’ and one with each other. This interwoveness with God, each other than the creation is the real meaning of communion – an unencumbered, unadulterated blending of our lives in genuine fellowship 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
(1) Kruger, C. Baxter. Across All Worlds: Jesus Inside Our Darkness (Kindle Locations 303-311). Perichoresis, Inc. Kindle Edition.