MAKE SURE YOU GET THE TRUTH
Incarnation is the topic of Leanne Payne’s excellent book, ‘Real Presence.’
Recently I wrote of the necessity to make mysticism part of our Christian living and noted further than there is no mystery about mysticism. It’s having your being (you) immersed in the being of God. Paul wrote, ‘In Him we live, move and have our being.’ Many would think that this is living in Christianity. Not so because it’s not living in beliefs and routines. It’s living in what God has already accomplished for us in Christ, It’s living in God. Living in His presence and fellowship. It’s living in the communion of the trinity and having the trinity live in us: We and our Father are one, known also as the incarnation.
IDOL OF THE LAW
Not a few define themselves out of the incarnation because they insist on living in the law – as though this is what Christ died for. Sad delusion. Jesus is neither an apologist for the law or a medium of keeping the law. He lives in you to reproduce Himself.
Christ died to liberate people from the law so that they could live in Him in a living so complete that it is the union with God that Paul called ‘Christ our life.’
LOOKING N THE WRONG PLACE
Some of those who reject or ignore the new covenant - even though it is over 2000 years - old look for energy, enlightenment and vision in the Holy Spirit and the anointing. But even this arrangement is stunted and stultified on its own because the anointing and the gifts must be rooted in the incarnation. Rooted entirely in the at-one-ment - if they are to avoid fading away or perverting the gospel with specious doctrines. To retain ourselves in the law is to retain ourselves in Adam’s separation. It is to rob ourselves of the agency that is ours as sons. As sons living out Christ’s life as risen ministers of the new covenant.
Living from the incarnation is the most relevant orientation we can adopt. It is the achievement of the cross and the foundation of the new creation Kingdom of God. It’s the trinity in us. The trinity woven into our being and manifesting as you and as the church of the Firstborn.
Richard Rohr writes in the introduction to ‘What the Mystics Know.’ “Can seeing with the eyes of mystics really have relevance in our busy modern world? I think it is not only relevant but absolutely necessary to change our levels of consciousness, which many religious traditions might have also called growth in holiness or divine union. As Einstein said, but now in my own words, we have tried to solve today’s problems with yesterday’s software—which often caused the problem in the first place.”
(1) Rohr, Richard. What the Mystics Know: Seven Pathways to Your Deeper Self . The Crossroad Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.