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My entire adult life I have sought to understand and apprehend the concept of oneness with Christ, of abiding in him, and to apply these concepts to my daily life.

I studied the Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence,  Like Christ by Andrew Murray and many others before discovering in Celtic Christianity an entire culture and people group that could ‘see beyond the veil’ and interact with heavenly companionship while doing the most mundane tasks, as seen through their theology, and their prayers documented in the Carmina Gaedelica.

Developing my own contemplative practices has led to deeper and deeper revelation of the truths of who we are in Christ.  I am still far from where I dream of one day dwelling, unceasingly in communion with my God and King, but the process is very good.

A term that has shed some new light on this my most basic goal is that of ‘co-mingling’.  The concept of ‘Jesus in my heart’ was never meant to be understood in literal terms.   The heart represents our most fundamental being, our true selves.  When through confession of our sin and belief in Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection we become ‘joint-heirs in Christ’, his life becomes our life.  We reject our sinful nature.

Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live.   Yet not I, but Christ lives in me. And the life that I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

We are given his identity as our own and begin the process of being conformed to his likeness.

This is not losing our uniqueness and putting on a mask, or becoming robotic the way it may seem.  Rather through the evidence of both nature and scripture we see that God, who is infinitely multi-faceted beyond our comprehension, delights in diversity.  Christ in us is not the abolishment of our true selves, it is the realisation of our true selves:   Christ in [us], the hope of glory Col 1:27 (I suggest you read the full chapter)

So earlier this week I was in contemplation, as I often am, of John 15:4  “Abide in me, and I in you…” and I got a picture of two different coloured liquids, not becoming homogenous, or settling into separate layers.  The roundish globs of the one liquid were surrounded and held in place by the other liquid, co-mingling.  And it came to me that God, who imagined and knew me before the foundation of the world, knew and imagined me as a complete being.  Although I was born in the image and likeness of God, I inherited Adam’s sinful nature, and so was also born separate from my God, an incomplete being.

God’s original dream and destiny for me, before Adam ever sinned, was one that included me being one with him, in relationship with him, the way all humanity was originally designed to be.      ~Quinn

The part of me that has remembered some echo of this destiny has always been frustrated, because I have known it is beyond my capacity to become in my own efforts.  The unique identity God gave me was always meant to be at one, to co-mingle, with himself.  And together, me being the person he made me to be and being at one with who he is I can live fully as he intended.  He fills in the gaps between the globules, holding them together.  In him I live and move and have my being, my identity and so, my destiny..

NB:  The KJV is not my preferred bible, but it was the one I memorised from as a youth, and it uses the delicious word ‘abiding’, hence its use in this article.

 

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