Life and light go together. If you have seriously made Christ your life, you will ‘know’ things. This is to say that you will have first-hand knowledge of the mind of God as regards ‘life’ and His invitation to bathe in its extravagance. This is why life is described as a river that flows from the throne of God. We can drink the water of life as well as cavort in its currents and depths. Jesus is life itself. Once we begin to eat and drink Him we will never seek to satisfy ourselves with anything less.
I say ‘seriously made Jesus our life’ because we are not talking about ‘Christ our life’ being ‘christianity.’ The astute will know that life in the sense that Jesus speaks of life and the life that He imparts it is not religion. It is undiluted life. It is Him and it is spirit and life.
THE EXPRESSION OF JESUS
The enterprise of the trinity has drawn us into the undiluted, non-compartmentalised life that is more than Christ in us. This is Christ as us. It is Christ come in our flesh and manifest as our being. Life is personal and communal as in the trinity. Inmates of institutional Christian life, may seldom have experienced this exquisite regeneration. Because such life is not the property of a belief system or religion. It’s not associated with the law or the compartmentalisation of living. It is what it is. It is alive because it is God. We come into this life when we realise which means seeing with the eyes of our heart. Then we know life because we experience it.
UNION 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 NIV.
The unlimited life of the trinity has come to live in us. The trinity have drawn us into the womb and power house of their living and they live in us. This is why ‘In Him is life and that life is life to the full.’
Everyone belongs but some people belong less than others.
In his excellent book ‘Everything Belongs’ Richard Rohr observes, “God is always bigger than the boxes we build for God, so we should not waste too much time protecting the boxes.” Life like God is not limited. It simply is. Yet as Believers we can define ‘belonging in different ways.’ For some ‘belonging’ means participating in the infinity of God’s life and expanding as ‘ourselves’ into the increasing potential of our personal I AM. Some experience little of the ‘Belonging that is their inheritance.’ Like a third world country surrounded by well-off nations, they live in semi-poverty while extolling their uniqueness. But this uniqueness is a deficit of life and a paucity of understanding that has its cause in a partisan gospel that diverges from the gospel of Jesus and Paul.
LIFE AND THE LIGHT OF ALL
Life is found in life and this life is the person of Jesus and our fellowship in the trinity. It is in you and more. Life becomes you because you are incarnated with the Spirit of Sonship. You are infused and surrounded with life in the season and in the moment. In the new testament age life is our sacrament. Life lives in us and is with us. We are incarnated with the persons of the trinity and we give glory to God and each other as we live this reality in our flesh and our circumstances.
THE SACRAMENT OF YOU
“There’s the idea of “the sacrament of the present moment,” which came out of medieval theology [17th-century monk Jean-Pierre de Caussade]. The idea of the sacrament of the present moment is realizing that Christ is ever-present in everything we do. To limit the sacraments to special events or rites is too restrictive. A sacrament is a window into the life of God and into the presence of God. Absolutely everything we do is that (life), if we have the eyes to see it.” (1)
Jesus is the door and the window into the life of God. Because God is woven into our being we are similarly a door and a window of His life. He lives in us which means that we are in the life of God and the life of God is in us. We are incarnated with the trinity and the habitation of infinite life and personality. Living in this rather than in religion or the law or the rabbit burrow of sectarian consciousness is life to the full.
The genius of the cross is that the separation that began in Adam and which was acknowledged by the law and temple came to an end at the cross. It was finished when Jesus said it was on the cross. Thus Moses ends at the cross and your beginning as one with God starts at the resurrection and is made active at Pentecost.
Don’t live in any kind of separation. It’s to crucify the son of God anew, deny your inheritance in Christ, annul the incarnation and condemn yourself to slavery and blindness. The grace of God is synonymous with your union with God.
BE THE REWARD OF CRHIST
‘I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!’ Gal 2.21. Don’t attach yourself to a law-smothered christ because it will not be the Son of God.
Someone wrote of an apostolic theologian. “He was a wild preacher, whose heart and voice sang with a love for a wild Christ.” If our Christ is not somewhat wild and more of an effete and religious christ the object of our worship is not the Christ of God. ‘False christs’ are subtle counterfeits of the Christ of God. If we are pure in heart and have but one Master, we will discern the false christs and ‘see God’.