GOD IS IN THE WORLD
The I am of God means that God is everywhere and in everything and was so before the incarnation of the Son of God as Jesus of Nazareth. God was present in the world before He made a friend of Abraham and was present in and with Israel before God with us appeared in the person of Jesus Christ. God was with other folks too who pursued wisdom and truth with serious intent. The three wise men were not Jews, yet they were used by God to endorse and announce the birth of the Christ - God with us.
Jesus taught the Kingdom during His life, illustrated the Kingdom by healing folks and raising them from the dead. He revealed our Father in His person and declared Himself to be the light and life of mankind. In being Himself on mission from His Father He revealed us to ourselves. He is the real mirror.
In oneness with Christ you will not need to think a lot about missiology because you will be alive with spirit and life and life will be you. This spirit of life will penetrate the other person and they will enquire as to the life that is in you. In religion we do not have this life and it’s obvious to the non-believer that we are no more alive than they are.
SEEING THE KINGDOM
Jesus told Nicodemus that to enter His Kingdom of life and union with God, he must be born again. For us this means being born from religion into oneness with God in Christ. For the Jew it meant being born from the law into the Spirit. For humanity it means being born out of Adam into Jesus Christ and infinite life. For the legalist it means being born out of the woodpile into a tree of life.
‘The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit’ 1 Cor 2.14 NIV. It is not the non-believer being cited here. It’s the person who live in law/religion who cannot see and things only the law has substance when it is actually a something and nothing compared to the incarnated life of Jesus as you.
In the post cross age we are not just near God. We are not just positioned near Christ. By the incarnation Christ has become us* by the Spirit. The cleverness of the new birth is that Christ becomes us so that we may become ourselves as sons and daughters of God.
NO INTERVENING LAYERS
Davis Marshall observes, “Nondual Christianity is experiential spirituality. It is an immediate experience of oneness with God, Christ, and all of Creation. It is unity with all that exists. This may sound like pantheism to some Christians, but I assure you it is not. Pantheism is a religious philosophy, a philosophical worldview, an intellectual understanding of the universe. Christian nonduality is not an intellectual understanding. It is a direct apprehension of the Divine. It transcends thought and religion.” (1) It’s union with God and as such union with life.
* We are not deities but we are sons/daughters. Incarnation means that His Spirit manifests as our spirit, soul and body.
(1) Davis, Marshall. Experiencing God Directly: The Way of Christian Nonduality (p. 2). Marshall Davis. Kindle Edition.