BEYOND THE DEAD SELF
We are not one with Christ because we have found a scripture that says we are. We are one with Him because He has included us in Himself. We are one because we eat Him. When Jesus says ‘Those who eat me will live because of me’, He is affirming that that those who eat His flesh and drink His blood have received Him into their being and that His Spirit will manifest in them. HE MEANS INCARNATION.
How do we eat Him? Simply by agreeing that He is our life.
DON’T CAST PEARLS
“Thomas Merton said it was actually dangerous to put the Scriptures in the hands of people whose inner self is not yet sufficiently awakened to encounter the Spirit, because they will try to use God for their own egocentric purposes.” Until we realise that Christ is our life most of what we do for others is about us – working up credit or paying back Jesus for our salvation.
EATING HIS LIFE
‘Jesus said to them, "Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.’ This is the state of being that the Lord’s Table celebrates. The Lord’s Table is not some kind of mourning about the cross. It’s the new and living way in which you become you as a son/daughter in the real world.
The at-one-ment is the accomplishment of heaven on our behalf. The divine enterprise that saw Jesus preach the Kingdom, submit to the cross and rise from the dead had a result: ‘You will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NIV.
It is our agreeing with this realisation and living in it that defines us as having participated in the marriage supper of the lamb. We are one with God in spirit and in truth because Christ and His accomplishments are our life. Richard Rohr writes, “We do not think ourselves into new ways of living, we live ourselves into new ways of thinking.” He is saying that what we live is what we are.
The law is irrelevant to you. What counts is the fact that God is part of you and you are part of God.
DOING WHAT MATTERS
In the parable of the talents, Jesus intimated that that there would be degrees of living out of His inheritance. Some would live it in fullness. Others but partially and some not at all. The latter ‘Because they esteemed Him a hard man,’ so they constructed their own gospel. But it was a gospel that left them in separation and not oneness with God because being of the law it was a gospel of Adamic separation, of externalities – of husks in which people put their trust.
But if Christ is our life – which is to say that He is the alpha and omega of our self, we are one with Christ and interwoven into the Family of God. We and Father are indeed one because we have found union with God and we have found ourselves. “There is nothing to prove and nothing to protect. I am who I am and it's enough.” Here lost in God we are found as ourselves. Living from our position in God, our sonship, won for us by Christ we are the expression of Him in our uniqueness.
Joined to God by creation and made one with Him by at-one-ment we are who we are in the moment and in our daily living. This is Christ in you which is different to the law in you, which cripples and smothers Godly uniqueness.
Hidden in Christ we are revealed as ourselves to release His spirit and life into the nooks and crannies for which we were designed before time began. Again Richard Rohr hits the target when he writes, “Let’s state it clearly: One great idea of the biblical revelation is that God is manifest in the ordinary, in the actual, in the daily, in the now, in the concrete incarnations of life, and not through purity codes and moral achievement contests, which are seldom achieved anyway.”