My last post resulted in an idea that began as a tangent and has progressively been evolving.
“We have been given the ability to live as a part of Christ so we can have a relationship with Him. When we are fully dependent and rest upon that there is nothing else in the universe we need, absolutely nothing. A train of though often present is that were lesser than Christ. We have a relationship with Christ and Christ relays that to God. That is not the case. We are a part of Christ. When we believe and accept Him we become a part of who He is. When that happens we have a direct relationship with God the Father.”
It all started during a road trip to Dubuque. Discussion had ensued over ideas and concepts we follow as Christians that you wont necessarily find in the Bible. My friend I was speaking with said in passing that you never see the idea of a relationship with Christ in Scripture. Latching onto those words my brain began to process and articulate that statement. As I read through the New Testament, much to my surprise, the idea of a relationship with Christ is never talked about. Amazingly enough though what I begin to grasp and learn was worth so much more than this ideology I had just accepted and believed.
So what does any of this mean?
1. While we do not have a relationship with Christ, we do possess something far beyond. What is that you ask? We are a part of Christ. Instead of a separate entity that is engaged in a relationship with Christ, we are in fact one with Him. It almost is worth wondering how this view of being in a relationship separate from Christ leads us to feeling as if we are something lesser. The truth is if we do not view ourselves as a part of Christ, then our minds have to accept that we are still fully us. In a sense it almost becomes a works thing, leaving us feeling as if we do not measure up. Henceforth not seeing ourselves as a part of Christ means we wont partake of that which we posses from that oneness with Him. While there will be obvious events to which we will interact and engage with Christ in eternity, but even in that we are in Him as one.
2. Christ’s death made it possible for us to have a relationship with God the Father. When we believe and accept Christ the privilege of that act, is our instated walk with God. So being one in Christ gives us the ability to come before the Father without sin, and grow in our knowledge and life with Him. God has always intended us to be in fellowship with Him, and because of Christ we can in ways that go far beyond the imagination
3. Our joining in Christ bestows upon us the Holy Spirit. As most of us know the Holy Spirit is our compass of righteousness and walking with Him. Whether pretending to be, or acting in a way, that is inconsistent with our position in Christ the Holy Spirit reminds us of that giving us the choice to remove ourselves from whatever sinful situation we may fine ourselves in. The Holy Spirit also makes it possible for us to be all the things, and grow in all the ways, that are conducive to one who is in Christ.
Christ is the provision. By becoming one with Him we can now partake in a relationship with God. Then you have the Holy Spirit which is a figurative tool box of righteousness and growth.
As you read throughout the entire New Testament the authors never speak as if were in a relationship with Christ but more that we are a part of Christ. 1st Corinthians, Romans, James, Hebrews, 1st John, we are one in Christ and not just a human striving to be in a relationship to Him. If you look at it that way not only do you fall into the trap of feeling as if you have to work for the approval of Christ, but then you have to work for God’s approval also. A never ending cycle of works and attempts to measure up that do all but give you freedom. Yes until eternity we will still possess the flesh, but while we still may have it, by no means whatsoever is that who we are.