YOU ARE ONE WITH GO IN THE CHRIST OF GOD
Worship is.. the gift of participating through the Spirit in the incarnate Son’s communion with the Father – J. B. Torrance.
An enjoyable life in Christ requires the least effort and the least religion. By living in the letter, we turn life into non-life and denude our life in Christ to life in us.
We can say, ‘In Him is life and that life is the life of men’ without this truth having any real purchase on our lives. We can say this because it’s a mere biblical datum and an assertion that although true, may have no effect on our being unless we are living in what it ours: Oneness with Christ.
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 when citing oneness with God. The exercise of spiritual gifts is good but it is not oneness with God.
The person who is interested in pumping up their religion is quite a different person to one for whom Christ is life. Religion is not life but Christ your life is you alive.
TRICKING OURSELVES WITH WORDS
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 only about the cross. Jesus is not obsessed with His suffering. Heaven is overjoyed with the harvest of the cross which is Christ our life – the new creation lived where we are. Weeping and self-flagellating as an Easter celebration is misguided.
The cross is the beginning of 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 – We eat and drink and it becomes us. This is 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.
ENVELOPED IN GOD BY GOD
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.
We have no right because of a denominational perspective to offer a limited life.
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.