The genius of ‘In Him we live, move and have our being’ is that we are a real self in Jesus and a real community in the trinity. The effect of this is that we live in real spirit and life.
‘The presence’ that is often sung about in praise and worship services is not restricted to such services. Nor is the presence confined to a church or even the front of the church in that space in front of the stage (known in some circles as the slay bay). The presence is not larger on certain days or more intense on ‘Sabbath’ days. The Presence is present every day because THE PRESENCE LIVES IN YOU.
‘To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory’ Col 1.27 NIV. The meaning of this scripture is that there is heaps of glory in those for whom Jesus is life and scraps of it if we have been misled into making externalities our life. What are ‘externalities?’ They are anything that is not the person Jesus Christ.
We are fully human and robustly Godly living from the incarnation, transfused with spirit and life. Here we grow into the excellence of who we are and bring delight to our Father. Jesus came so that we might see the glory of our Father and His Son. Jesus lives and imparts to us the presence and life of our Father so that we may be revealed in our own glory as sons. Glory is found in Christ our life. Never in little boxes of religion and try-harder disciplines.
ALIVE IN THE SPIRIT
You are not done for spiritually if you have not made a prayer and Bible study compartment (our devotions) at the start of the day. You are not dilatory if you have omitted to say grace before a meal. Not irresponsible if you have given a Bible study without several supporting scriptures. Not when you are a vessel of spirit and life. We are spirit and life when we believe we are because we agree with the truth that Jesus is our life. Whatever you do and wherever you are, you are Godly and brimming with life because Jesus is in you and with you. You are the effect of His being. You are Godly and a son/daughter in spirit and in truth, because Christ is in you and you are the expression of the indwelling. You are living as a son and as such you are a manifestation of your Father.
WALKING WITH THE HOLY FAMILY
Should you have embraced your union with God and be walking in the reality that you and Father are one – thanks to Jesus – you will walk and work continually in the company of each member of the trinity – you will know and appreciate them as individuals, yet as one God. You will increasingly know yourself as an individual, as a member of the community of mankind and as part of the earth and the creation. ‘Don’t get too new age, Keith!’ you caution. Could it be that some of the new age folks have latched on to degrees of union and revelation that have eluded those who live in their little boxes of fundamentalist definitions of good and evil? We can be people who are confident in the reality that is real. The truth that we are living and moving in the being of God.
AS MUCH OURS AS IT IS HIS
The person who is alive in God is infinitely alive and far more so that those who are attempting to live in words about God. Live from words on stone and there will be something about us that is the nature of stones.
When our being is enfolded in the being and fellowship of God we exude life in all we do because we are alive in life. J Baxter Kruger writes, “The Christian God is interested in relationship with us, and not just relationship, but union, and not just union, but such a union that everything He is and has—all glory and fullness, all joy and beauty and unbridled life—is to be shared with us and to become as much ours as it is His. The plan from the beginning, in the Christian vision, is that God would give Himself to us, and nothing less, so that we could be filled to overflowing with the divine life.” ―C. Baxter Kruger, Jesus and the Undoing of Adam.
We hear people talk of the manifest presence. This is real and observable. We can be thankful for the grace of the manifest presence because it is encouraging and affirming. It can be a sign that God is about to act. Or not.
Keep this in mind. The real sign is the coming of the Son of Man in you. God is incarnated in all who believe and active in those who have embraced the pointy end of God’s Presence: The Holy Spirit.
God is in us even if His presence has not manifested in an observable way. He is in us because He inhabits those who have embraced Jesus’ teaching.
Because the Spirit of God in in you as a reality you can be confident that you are equipped and authorised to act on His behalf. Because you are a son/daughter. As a son and a daughter the manifest presence of God at any time or place is you. As sons and daughters, you are the manifest presence of God.
This is why indications of Jesus’ manifest presence are useful but not a necessity. You are the sign and the presence. You can act in what He has already declared – that Christ is in you and that you are sons/daughters authorised to multiply what Jesus began.
TOGETHER IN HIMSELF
God is not compartmentalised – at least not if we have not compartmentalised Him in knowledge of good and evil time slots and secular and sacred spaces. This is why we need to live in the maind of Christ and more – in the being of God. We must live in the flow of the river of life and not an old covenant mindset of discontinuous times and segmented places. He is in you and you are in Him. Christ is all and in all. All the time and everywhere. Richard Rohr writes,
“For Jesus prayer seems to be a matter of waiting in love. Returning to love. Trusting that love is the bottom stream of reality. That’s why prayer isn’t primarily words; it’s primarily a place, an attitude, a stance. That’s why Paul could say, “Pray always.” “Pray unceasingly.” If we read that as requiring words, it is surely impossible. We’ve got a lot of other things to do. We can pray unceasingly, however, if we find the stream and know how to wade in the waters. The stream will flow through us, and all we have to do is consciously stay there.”
Rohr, Richard. Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer (pp. 81-82). The Crossroad Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.