by Fred Pruitt
|It’s amazing what Paul said about to one we are a savor of life, and to others the stench of death.I don’t know, maybe I’m too influenced by the evil orphanage ladies in Shirley Temple movies, but they seem to be everywhere, always seeing death and sin in the midst of life and glory.
But by mercy and grace we see death swallowed up in the midst of life so that there is only life in the end. Life and death, and heaven and hell, are only life and heaven in the end, and one moment’s touch of eternity opens everything as it really is, which is that heaven is filling everything. Everything is filled with golden light.
Somewhere somehow I have seen it for myself.
Not some great mystical vision of being taken into the seventh heaven, just inexplicable inward confirmation of the truly Real coupled with, every so often, here & there, visual or emotional or intellectual or physical glimpses of the eternal diffused into every moment.
Basically what I’m struggling to say is that eternity is begetting time, and the kingdom of God is the eternity Who is begetting our Time, and our lives in that Time are His begetting, therefore they are His Joy, His Power, His Life, His Love, and that He fills the Whole of it, the “it” being the Life He has begotten in us.
The life He has begotten in us is what we say over and over, “We ARE HE living in our human form!!”
To embrace this is to go past everything. It is the most dangerous thing in the universe — because it can be heard so wrongly. You are He? It is like an atomic bomb in the hands of a terrorist.
Yet this is the way to go. It is the heart of the matter. You are HE! It is built into humanity to discover Who we really are. Perhaps we can turn away, or refuse the inward call that thunders in our innermost being, but in turning toward the Light to receive (which is faith) the Christ of God, thinking we are taking Someone and transacting with something from outside ourselves, eventually the Spirit brings us to the completeness of Who we are in consciousness, knowledge and understanding, and in that totality we realize that all along this has all been coming out from our innermost being.
Rather than something given us from or by something separate from us, we find we are discovering our own true eternal selves, begotten in the Spirit by Jesus Christ and safely hidden in Him, until the time of their fulfillment. We come to see that we have never really received anything whatsoever from outside, but all along He has been welling up in our innermost secret place, wooing us in everything, every circumstance, every encounter, until He has finally caught us and joined us to Himself in a holy mystical marriage of one spirit (human spirit united to Divine Spirit = One [1 Cor 6:17]), even as we are one flesh with our spouses in our earthly marriages.
In our early experiences we try to tackle the impossible job of trying to “be like God,” which is actually the original sin of Lucifer which caused His eternal fall into darkness and wrath. We are doing it in ignorence, however, because we are starting out with a false independent consciousness of ourselves and we only know separation and “trying to be like.” But by grace, we come to finally ask the question: “Who can measure up to being Him?” Who can really “try” and live God’s life of absolute love? It is just at this point we are at a crux. If we think we are capable of hearing and applying God’s love life by the sheer strength of our will and “with God’s help,” we are doomed to futility until that notion has been completely disabused in us. The flesh (human self-effort) cannot appear before God. Come back later.
“I live yet not I but Christ,” and “To me to live is Christ,” and “Christ is all and in all,” are to us either tall statements or tall tales. Tall tales to some to debate about, but tall statements of a truth so vast and so cataclysmic and so mind-wrenching as to go against every thought, belief, experience and knowledge we ever thought we had in our whole lives. It is enragingly blasphemous in almost any circle to say “I am Christ living — and so are you!”
Now that is either insipid liberal schmaltzy artsy bullcrap or the most volcanic BIG BANG totally mind-orgasming riddle-anwering-mystery revealed out of the most secret depths of eternity, that is when you look into it, as mind-boggling and brain-hurting as looking out into the stars on a clear night and trying to imagine how far infinity is. It is mystery revealed before our eyes yet hardly comprehended. It is beyond us to consider with our minds, and yet we are in the midst of that infinity. We are not looking out “AT” infinity, but are part of it!
“Ye are the light of the world, ye are the salt of the earth ….”
“I live yet not I but Christ …. “
This is really indeed the salvation of the human race!