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ALL OF US BELONG Yet many live in self-chosen separation

Richard Rohr observes and teaches correctly that all of us belong. We do. But we need to embrace the Christ of God and not a personally imagined christ; the gospel of the Kingdom and not a partisan gospel. We must embrace Christ come in our flesh - not a bunch of religious motions come as the flesh. We all belong in God and are placed in Him. This is so of the non-believer and the nominal Christian.

But the key to a vibrant life is to know and experience the fullness of this belonging and not live in a fraction of our inheritance when we possess the whole. 'It is much easier to belong to a group than it is to know that you belong to God. (1)

Fullness of of spirit and life is your inheritance

OTHER GOSPELS: Paul warned of 'Other Gospels.' Jesus spoke of wheat and tares - of sons of God and sons of the father of lies. Matthew wrote of 'This Gospel of the Kingdom.' In Galatians Paul urged all to live in their inheritance as sons of the free woman and not of the slave woman. The latter are sons of God in theory but not in spirit and in truth. If we have embraced 'another gospel' we have denied our inheritance and suffocated our sonship.

Whether we belong to the Body is moot, if we are promoting a lesser gospel that produces smaller people. 'But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God's curse! Gal 1.8 NIV. Being in the body or out of the body is not much help if we are under God's curse. In this age, the age of the new covenant, Christ our life is expressed as us personally and as the church collectively. But more than this, the incarnation, the trinity in us, births first the church, then a new creation society that is the Kingdom of God.

A new creation society grows from Christ in you

'Christ come in the flesh' is the essence of the new creation age. He comes first in those who have agreed that they are received into His fellowship and His life. As sons of God they live in the spirit of sonship and multiply the knowledge of God in Christ. Heaven and earth is joined when the trinity lives in and manifests as the sons and daughters of God.

Jesus manifests in you as a person of spirit and life

The gospel of the Kingdom is that we all belong in God and that God lives in us.

You have been made one with God. God is part of you and you are part of God. It's called being sons and daughters of God. Live from where He has placed you!

Don't short-sell yourself and others by denying Christ come in the flesh on account of your obsession with the law and religion. The law led to Christ but Christ does not lead to legalism. Today you are one with Christ which makes you and our Father one. You don't just doctrinally belong. You really belong - in spirit and in truth.

'On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you' John 14,20. This is your inheritance now.

The truth of the new testament age is that you are in God and God is in you. In Jesus you have been drawn into the fullness of God so that your being is in Him and alive in Him. This is the objective reality of the new covenant age. Seek to know it and resolve to live in it because to do so is to live in God. Say 'yes' to Christ your life and begin to flourish as a daughter and a son.

Walking in the truth is walking in the person of Jesus in the knowledge that you have been included in his life and the life of the trinity.

Rohr writes, "Spirituality is about seeing. It's not about earning or achieving. It's about relationship rather than results or requirements. Once you see, the rest follows. You don't need to push the river, because you are in it. The life is lived within us, and we learn how to say yes to that life.If we exist on a level where we can see how "everything belongs," we can trust the flow and trust the life, the life so large and deep and spacious that it even includes its opposite, death. We must do this, because it is the only life available to us, as Paul wrote to the Colossians, "You have died [the small ego self], and the life you now have is hidden with Christ in God [the Godself]. When Christ is revealed - and he is your life - you too will be revealed in all your glory with him" (Col. 3:3-4). (2)

(1) Rohr, Richard. Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer (p. 22). The Crossroad Publishing Company. Kindle Edition. (2) Ibid (pp. 33-34).

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