Living a Life in the Kingdom of God – Continued
We continue this week, discussing the third part of our three-part human make up – the spirit.
Living in the Spirit.
Before beginning this week’s session I need to, once again, emphasize an important point. As a young man training for the priesthood, my tutor used to say over and over again, “Repetitio est mater studiorum” repetition is the mother of studies. As you can see through this series, I have adopted this approach.
If you are bound into religion, you cannot walk ‘in the Spirit’. This is simply because religion is a system of ‘knowing about God, without God (His Spirit that is). Put another way, religion is generally a system of hierarchy (or a management system) and rules or dogma (belief code).
By comparison, living in the Spirit is a partnership with God.
Unlike any human partnership, which relies on the five senses to bring it into being, partnership with God is ABSOLUTELY unique.
For those of you with a scientific bent, God is the only substance that is absolute in all of existence. Every other substance is relative. I won’t expand on this as it could run into a whole publication!
Put another way, a partnership with God is a joining together of a Spirit (or a ‘thinking mass and absolute’, as Wallace Wattles describes God) and we humans, who are relative and non-spirit.
For God is Spirit, so those who want to partnership with God must join in and become part of this Spirit.” (My translation)
As you understand who and what God is (a thinking mass) you will want to be part of that thinking mass and say along with Jesus, “I and the Father are one
Are you with me so far? Good, there’s much more….and it’s all great!
Now then, we have a thinking mass (God) on the one side and humanness (you and I) on the other.
How do these incompatible substances (like oil and water) come together? Via the human spirit link (like an internet connection, remember?)
You might ask, very reasonably, “How does this happen”?
Let’s begin here: Very early in this series, I explained, in some detail, the process that took place at the crucifixion of Jesus and why it was necessary for Him to go through that course. This progression ended with God raising Jesus from the dead and taking Him up to the heavenlies.
“God raised Jesus from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at His right hand in the heavenly realms”…
In this, God’s plan also included you and I: “For he raised us (you and I) from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus”.
This state comes about via the human spirit and wires us up with God’s Spirit. Now we can affirm that, like Jesus, we are ‘one’ with God. In other words, we now have the capacity to be like God, because we are in God and Him in us.
In a nutshell, we will start to behave like God in this life and will develop Godly characteristics and apply Kingdom living principles in our lives.
For the majority of my spiritual walk in this life (some forty years now) I could never understand why God created me and, of course, my fellow humans, until one day I read a most wonderful book.
The book is called, “Conversations with God – An uncommon dialogue”. Authored by Neale Walsch.
God replying to Neale’s question:
“And what is God’s desire?
I desire first to know and experience Myself, in all my glory – to know who I am. Before I invented you – and all the worlds of the universe – it was impossible for Me to do so.
Second, I desire that you shall know and experience Who You Really Are, through the power I have given you to create and experience yourself in whatever way you choose.
Third, I desire for the whole life process to be an experience of constant joy, continuous creation, never-expanding
expansion, and total fulfilment in each moment of now.
I have established a perfect system whereby these desires may be realized. They are being realized now – in this very moment. The only difference between you and Me is that I know this.
In the moment of your total knowing (which could come upon you at anytime), you, too, will feel as I do always: totally joyful, loving, accepting, blessing, and grateful”.
In Chapter 24 we will discuss the desire of God and how it applies to our lives in the here and now.
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