Cross Purposes 10 / A Game of What If
What if? One of my favorite “games”.
What if the Source of all realities (God, the Creator) somehow contains (as an infinite Heaven “surrounding” the heavens we call the cosmos / universe / space / time / energy / matter in which we live, move, and have our being) and is infinitely aware, sensitive, and unconditionally loving?
What if somehow this Reality contains all the knowledge that ever has been, is, and ever shall be?
What if this infinite reality enveloping finite realities is at one eternal moment the “container” of past, present, and future - yet is in itself without beginning and without end - also the Abode of God, referred to as both Alpha and Omega (beginning and end)? What if this is a mere glimpse of what Jesus refers to as Our Father Who Art in Heaven?
Is your mind spinning yet?
What if our real Image and Likeness is as “He” is? What if “perfection” really doesn’t mean human yardstick perfection, but rather amounts to the Fullness that Christ Jesus is - in seed form, in a “becoming” form? [See Matthew 5:48 Amplified Bible for an excursion into some expanded thought on that!]
What if I am restored to oneness with this fabulous, expansive Infinite One, through the cross, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ - having been redeemed from the rather pathetic finite domain into which I “fell” - to this vast infinite reality which is way beyond my human finite comprehension - at this point?
If this is so, and let’s just imagine for a moment that it is, then could I claim with the apostle, “that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us”? [Romans 8:18]
We declare all these beautiful, expansive concepts about God, and then go about setting up drama, doctrine, and dogma (“3D religion”) - as substitute paradigms for this Real Reality - with mind games that keep people in some particular OK Corral. (OK, perhaps this has a necessary function…)
There are hoops to jump through and yardsticks galore - contests, conflicts, and contention - substituting these for the glory of what is freely given and called our inheritance in, by, and through Jesus Christ. Could these be the limited reality cow pens, which are so far from what our Truth really is, the organized religious enclosures which shut people out of the Kingdom of God and the greater expanse of understanding who and what they really are intended to become in Him?
Is God omnipresent or is He not? Is He omniscient? Is He omnipotent? Is He altogether unconditional and infinite Love?
If this is so, then why would any claiming to be created in His image seek to impose finite parameters and definitions around what anyone else is to be in Christ?
Didn’t Paul state that “the word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach.” [Romans 10:8. Referencing Deuteronomy 30:14]. The apostles served the Son of God, living as the Son of man, who moved comfortably amongst sinners, harlots, and tax collectors who longed for something much more. He dined with them - revealing the Father’s vast unconditional Love - something the “religious” of His day would not be caught dead doing, lest they be defiled! Jesus wanted to show them what the Father “looked like”! Not only that, but He truly loved them and wanted them to experience their worth in their Father’s loving eyes!
He wanted them delivered from entrapment to self, sin, and Satan. This is what He came to offer and make possible!
But it was to the religious hypocrites that He pronounced, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.” [Matthew 23:13].
The Cross represents new vistas of re-entering a Reality so vast and uncharted, that the old limited self must be “crucified with Christ” in order for the new creature to awaken and come forth. Behold! The old has passed away and all things have become new. [Revelation 21:1]. There is mystery here. There is my story in my Lord Jesus Christ!
I’m puzzled by the direction this is taking a currently limited me. At times I feel like an eggshell cracking. The Holy Spirit assures me that this is quite normal when we’re being reintroduced further into an expansiveness we have not been participating in for a very long time, since falling into an occupied territory.
Wow! Eggshell gone, pin feathers drying in the warmth of the Son, snuggling up beneath His wings. A new reality! What if the New Creation is already manifesting?
New heaven... new earth... new Jerusalem... even a new name! [Revelation 3:12] Might this also change our view of others, as we acknowledge that the Father waits for all His prodigal children to return home?
I’m not sure I can stand this much bliss.
How about you?
"Faith enables our spiritual sense to function. Where faith is defective the result will be inward insensibility and numbness toward spiritual things.
This is the condition of vast numbers of Christians today. No proof is necessary to support that statement. We have but to converse with the first Christian we meet or enter the first church we find open to acquire all the proof we need.
A spiritual kingdom lies all about us, enclosing us, embracing us, altogether within reach of our inner selves, waiting for us to recognize it.
God Himself is here waiting our response to His Presence.
This eternal world will come alive to us the moment we begin to reckon upon its reality."
A.W.Tozer: [ The Pursuit of God ]