EASTER REFLECTIONS OF A MATURE SPIRIT:
Can we be JESUS without a Church?
I am going to take some flak for this, but that decision has been made. Consider: Jesus was not popular at his house of worship. There was always some kind resistance. The power of Organized Religion was on the wane. This is true now as much as in the days Jesus walked the earth.
I know EASTER is taught as being about sacrifice. THE Supreme sacrifice was made at the Cross. It was a particularly gruesome experience designed to relieve us of GUILT and Shame.
But… THAT WAS A BEGINNING, NOT AN END!!!!!!!!
This was also a time of perfecting for US. We were given the same power that raised Christ from the dead. This really needs NO TRANSLATION:
(Eph Ch 1:18-21) (NIV)
I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
NOW: Unpacking 1 Corinthians 13:1, (New American Standard)
10but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 11When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 12For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.
Didn’t Christ make us perfect? Isn’t the work fully done. Then shouldn’t we move on?
Paul is saying put away the MILK and chew on the meat of the word! Even more, he said (my paraphrase)…..
Grow up. Look in the Mirror. Come face to face with the result of Sanctification, which is YOUR DIVINITY. Stop playing in the kiddie pool. If you don’t understand this YET, then faith, hope and love are the safer choices for contemplation and prayer. But if you get it then…..
YOU ARE THE RISEN CHRIST (fully divine in spiritual terms and fully human in the flesh)
YOU SIT AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER. (the world is your footstool. your heel can crush the serpents’ head)
YOU REIGN NOW. A THOUSAND YEARS IS AS ONE DAY. Time doesn’t matter.
The church may not be happy about it but the veil has been torn. I have full access to the holy of holies. The alter and mercy seat belong to me. I claim a royal priesthood. I belong to the family of God as a son, an fellow heir. Whatsoever is lovely, of good report: These things attract my attention. So… I do not celebrate the Death, but the Resurrection.
A CONFESSION: I would not be here without there having been part of a CHURCH. But at some point, the SYNAGOGUE could not contain the Spirit of Christ. THE CHURCH can no longer contain the spirit of Christ within me. My consciousness has ascended with the clouds until I am One with Him Being One with Him who is ONE WITH HIM means I AM ONE WITH ALL.
This understanding comes AFTER the spiritual childhood.But the CHURCH cannot harness this Spirit of the Living Christ? Why? I wonder…. And cry. But I move on – putting away the things of spiritual immaturity and claiming the glorious inheritance that is mine Through Christ.
HAS THE ORGANIZED CHURCH FAILED TO TAKE US TO MATURITY? IS IT THREATENED BY THIS IDEA?
Instead of this being heretical, I propose it is Wisdom teaching us that after our travail of fighting through spiritual adolescence and a time of public ministry, we ourselves become the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIGHT. We become Emmanuel. We become God With US. I no longer live but Christ lives in me. If the church creates babies, then what? The Holy Spirit creates saints.
We are not found in the church. We are found in the highways and byways. We are found in the countryside in our homes. We are found at the gates of the city and in the marketplaces. Perhaps we live at a distance from the physical temple or congregation.
Yet we influence the Family of God by providing counsel to Kings (in our clubs, organizations, workplace, city hall, government – etc. Is this possible even if not part of the formal church? Even if rejected by the formal church during times they say we fall away. Yes! We can say I AM and that the organized church is missing the boat.
This is a growing trend in America, and maybe the world. What about you? Can you be Jesus without a Church?
Or do you disagree?