I AM

The great 13th century priest and mystic Meister Eckhart said:  “I AM can be spoken by no creature, but by God alone. I must become God and God must become me, so completely that we share the same “I” eternally. Our truest “I” is God.” Jesus lived in this reality as many of His utterances demonstrate. The Spirit had closed the gap in His consciousness, as it were, so that He in faith stood unfaltering in this truth. He was well aware of and trained in His oneness with God. That exact same oneness we now enjoy with God in Christ (John 17).

Meister Eckhart also said: “God expects but one thing of you, and that is that you should come out of yourself in so far as you are a created being made and let God be God in you.” If we are to understand this correctly we have to come to realization that that old self is dead. Our self is not the problem. Our mind is. Coming out of ourselves thus connotes to stop striving in an illusionary sense of independence and realize what has already taken place in us. By faith we in all simplicity enter God’s rest and let God be God in us.

In order to come to this awareness the Spirit takes us through a most vital process. We have to know that we are utterly dead before we can enjoy all the fruits of our resurrection in Christ. Hence that same Eckhart stated: “Be thoroughly dead and buried in God.” Again this is something which takes place in our conciousnesses as we by the Spirit’s inner teachings go from glory to glory. In a sense Eikhart advices: “Take heed of the Spirit’s teachings in you.”

Our last quote from Eckhart is: “The eye with which I see God is the same eye with which God sees me.” Jesus put it like this: “If you have seen me you have seen the Father.” This is oneness – the mystery revealed in us as us.

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