The revelation of the Gospel is a revelation that in Christ, we have been blessed with a limitless supply, and have become a passive instrument of the grace and glory of the Godhead. In our union with the Godhead, it is an entirely new world where we can enjoy Jesus in everything, following our happy, holy hearts as they flow upon the bliss of Jesus, carrying us into every blessing further than the imagination can reach and brighter than even hope can shine. 2 Corinthians 5:14 (KJV) declares:
“For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:”
The love of God flows to us and through us – we effortlessly receive this never-ending, decadent supply. We rest in this reality of God’s love: the comforting, cosy substance of his affections – we rest and receive passively, becoming a recipient of every blessing as God takes care of all of our needs and supplies us with our happily-ever-afters in Him, in the here and now. This love is the wine of God’s wisdom (Song of Solomon 1:2), and it causes all dis-ease to dissolve as we sink into the reality that ‘one died for all’. This love articulates the wisdom of God throughout us, transforms our circumstances outwardly, reflects the character and nature of God perfectly to us, and answers all questions. The statement that ‘one died for all’, means that the cross of Christ transformed our reality and world, our entire perspective, as it brought us into the heavenly wonderland, into the rest of God (2 Corinthians 5:17). We can know that we died, and were co-raised to a new kind of existence; an existence of superior quality where, Galatians 6:14 (KJV) declares, “… in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world”. The cross has torn open the heavens , the great piñata jubilee, and has poured upon us all sweet goodies and blessings of God. We are in a candyland of God’s sweet kindness, delight-filled affections, and delicious, glory-filled grace. This is the objective reality that we can experience with our senses and see manifest!
Romans 6:4-10 also articulates this:
“We were dead and buried with him in baptism, so that just as he was raised from the dead by that splendid Revelation of the Father’s power so we too might rise to life on a new plane altogether. If we have, as it were, shared his death, let us rise and live our new lives with him! Let us never forget that our old selves died with him on the cross that the tyranny of sin over us might be broken—for a dead man can safely be said to be immune to the power of sin. And if we were dead men with him we can believe that we shall also be men newly alive with him. We can be sure that the risen Christ never dies again—death’s power to touch him is finished. He died, because of sin, once: he lives for God for ever. In the same way look upon yourselves as dead to the appeal and power of sin but alive and sensitive to the call of God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (PHILLIPS)
In Christ, we have ‘risen to life on a new plane altogether’, experiencing an entirely new quality of existence in a heavenly paradise, through our union with Christ’s resurrection. This is not a future promise – we are not perfected by time or death, as if they were our saviour – Christ is our already-established, fully victorious Saviour who HAS saved us and set us free to the uttermost, so that our faith can be IN His resurrection as the basis of our reality and essence, and we can EXPERIENCE all that is true of the risen Christ in the here and now, through our union with Him. This revelation brings emotional, mental, material, tangible blessings, because God’s finished work in Christ is the substance and essence of reality – and you are one with this reality in your union with the Godhead! One to feel and experience your holy, righteous, bliss-filled state! (1 Corinthians 6:17). This is why the James Moffatt Translation of Hebrews 9:11 states that “Christ arrived as the high priest of the bliss that was to be…” – Your life can be filled with Christ’s joy and bliss, effortlessly, through the supply that is in us and fills our world in Christ our Saviour!
Habakkuk 2:14 (KJV) speaks of our present reality through Christ: “For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” – The earth is saturated in God’s glory, and we can know and experience this through the revelation of Jesus Christ “in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge”’ (Colossians 2:3; KJV). 1 Corinthians 2:16 comments that we have the mind of Christ; therefore, even our mind is awakening to the redemption realities in Christ, as it receives the revelation of the Gospel and passively rests in the very active supply of God, sinking into and awakening into the realities we have in Christ.
Just as 2 Corinthians 5:14 speaks of a love which compels and constrains through the knowledge of Christ, the previous verse tells us that this revelation brings us out of our own mind (i.e. our own self-sufficient, independent ways of thinking):
“For if we have been beside ourselves, it has been for God’s glory; or if we are now in our right senses, it is in order to be of service to you.” – 2 Corinthians 5:13 (Weymouth New Testament)
“If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.” (NIV)
The experience of God’s love, the reality and knowledge that we have been co-crucified with Christ and co-resurrected into an entirely new world where ‘one died for all’ to usher us into the rest, God’s glory, comes as we enter into the mind of Christ – no longer clinging to an independent, D-I-Y existence. Instead, we are ‘beside ourselves’, knowing and personalising our union with Christ. Understanding that what is true of Christ is true of us, and what is no longer true of Christ is no longer true of us, because we died with him and subsequently rose with him to a new quality of existence. We literally underwent a death to all that is less than glory, and rose into gloryland – heaven on earth in the here and now – a realm of God’s creative, manifest affections. The ‘I’ that made me ashamed and embarrassed, the ‘I’ that was so full of competiveness, insecurity, pain, issues, and that was attracted to sin and lesser pleasures, has been completely crucified with Christ. Christ has replaced ‘I’ with His glorious Presence!
We no longer have to live within the mindset of sin, sickness, disease and curse. We can live with union-consciousness and effortlessly receive all of God’s eloquent, articulated supply flowing to us effortlessly, organically and naturally in the revelation of who we have become and what we have received in Christ. All else effortlessly fades away – there is no principality or power that can contradict us or come against us as we sink into the ease of the authentic Gospel of union-consciousness. Heaven is here right now, and we can experience and enjoy the eternal vacation – the blessed-full, evil-free existence in Christ! We are partakers of the divine nature, and can live as such (2 Peter 1:4).
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20 (KJV)
Your identity is wrapped up in Christ, who completely and totally redeemed you and your entire world, declaring that the kingdom of heaven is at hand! Our job is to simply ‘repent’ – to step into the mind-set of the risen Christ –so that we can experience all of the glorious, beautiful, pleasant, sweet fruits of resurrection effortlessly, as a recipient of his divine nature! (Matthew 3:2).
This new world is preserved, sustained, established and secure all through Christ’s love for us. Truly, through our marriage with Christ’s resurrection we were gifted with the entire cosmos as a personalised, joyous honeymoon gift! (Romans 4:13; Romans 8:17). Ephesians 3:19 (KJV) comments that: “And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”
1 Peter 5:10 announces that the God of all grace called us to ‘eternal glory’ – meaning that in the here and now, through the revelation of our co-union with Jesus Christ, this divine romance, we can experience the fullness of God’s glory! (see also Romans 5:2, and 2 Thessalonians 2:14). 1 Thessalonians 2:12 reminds us that we were called to share in God’s kingdom and glory. That is our calling – the pleasure and delight of walking in the fullness of God, His finished works, in the here and now. Living in the eternal vacation of God’s heart of imagination, effortlessly receiving and enjoying his overwhelmingly intoxicating supply. Christ has replaced self at the centre of our lives, and because of this, we can delight ourselves in the full-fat substance of Colossians 1:27 (AMP)
“God [in His eternal plan] chose to make known to them how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in and among you, the hope and guarantee of [realizing the] glory.”
You have been completely glorified in Christ. This is not a low-calorie Gospel. This is a creamy, sweet, delicious truth filled with delights! Song of Solomon 6 declares to us that as we meditate, enjoy, rest in, and sink into the supply of God in our union with Christ, putting on the mind of Christ (union consciousness, where an independent sense of a sinful, lacking ‘self’ is annihilated, as Christ has infused our unique essence with his perfect holiness!), we begin to experience and see heaven on earth in the here and now!
“One day I went strolling through the orchard,
looking for signs of spring,
Looking for buds about to burst into flower,
anticipating readiness, ripeness.
Before I knew it my heart was raptured,
carried away by lofty thoughts!” – Song of Solomon 6:11-12 (MSG)
As we enjoy God and the realities of our union with Christ, we experience a raptured heart, glorified emotions, and a confident, positive expectation of good in all situations. God saturates our world in wild, untamed, child-like wonder! Brother Lawrence in his book ‘The Practise of the Presence of God’ had truly understood something of this wonderful truth:
“we should feed our soul with a lofty conception of God and from that derive great joy in being his”
“The King, full of mercy and goodness, very far from chastising me, embraces me with love, makes me eat at His table, serves me with His own hands, gives me the key of His treasures; He converses and delights Himself with me incessantly, in a thousand and a thousand ways, and treats me in all respects as His favorite. It is thus I consider myself from time to time in His holy presence.”
“I have quitted all forms of devotion and set prayers but those to which my state obliges me… I make it my business only to persevere in his holy presence, wherein I keep myself by a simple attention and a general fond regard to God, which I may call an actual presence of God; or, to speak better, an habitual silent and secret conversation of the soul with God, which often causes in me joys and raptures.”
Wow! Brother Lawrence truly understood the enjoyable experience of union with God! It is an experience of the glory of God, given freely through the grace of Jesus Christ! As John Crowder has written in his article ‘The Divinity of Man’:
“Your divine nature is a God-given and Christ-dependent reality. Nothing has been independently vested upon you, but rather you are intrinsically dependent upon the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. The glory you experience is no result of a two-dimensional transaction between you and God based on your faith. This is Trinitarian. You are effortlessly graced to participate in the Spirit because of Jesus’ relationship with the Father. He prayed, “Now, Father, bring Me into the glory we shared before the world began” and then just after added, “I have given them the glory You gave Me, so they may be one as We are one” (John 17:5, 22). You have been infused with the same glory that the Father and the Son shared from the dawn of time.”
This is a glorious reality that we are infused with the never-ending supply of God’s practical, detailed goodness, love, and manifest blessings – his glory!