By Andrea Garzon & Ole Henrik Skjelstad
For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea (Hab 2:14).
We start out our new life with grave clothes covering our vision so that we see ourselves only, as apart from God. To use an image; the moon has covered the sun. But then gradually the moon exposes more of the sun and Christ grows in our awareness so that we see more and more of Him in us. He has been there all along, but hidden behind the moon. After repeatedly having been exposed to our nothingness we at last see the sun only. We see Christ in us as us. He is our everything; our will, our thoughts, our desires, our emotions, our choosing (“without me you can do nothing”); and yet is us, that is the glorious mystery.
As long as we consider we have any of those things apart from him the moon still covers parts of the sun. When there is only the sun in our consciousness Christ has grown to full maturity in us. But, it seems like this ‘process’ requires some sort of cooperation on our part. We must take those renowned leaps of faith when the Spirit opens our inner eyes.
In short, EVERYTHING is consciousness. We start the new life as complete, all sufficient, etc, but we MUST ‘see’ it. If consciousness is the trigger, what will it profit a gun loaded with bullets that has no trigger? Not a single thing! The maturing is only in our awareness, as we ‘see’ more of what already belongs to us.
IF our lives are hidden in Christ (which they are), we don’t need ANYTHING apart from Him, apart from His faith, His love, His wisdom, etc. “His divine power has given us ALL THINGS that pertain unto life through the full knowledge of the One who called us by his own glory” (2 Peter 1:3). Religion’s aim is to produce things outside Christ, like: ‘Christ plus my efforts’, ‘Christ plus my obedience’, or even more subtle things such as ‘Christ plus my faith’ (which ends up as a state of constant introspection because “what if I don’t have enough faith?”).
This is the deception – a house still built on sand. Paul says that the work is tested through fire, and the fire (trial) tests the quality of the work. If the work (our reliance) is built on solid foundation (Christ) it will survive (1 Cor. 3:13). There is no other solid foundation but Christ and Him alone. However, the builders still reject the Cornerstone, since it seems “too basic, too simple, too passive”, BUT those who believe in Him shall never be put to shame. There is a sense of safety when we still have some kind of control, but what if ALL we need is Him?
To come to this liberation in our minds is our personal Armageddon; the final battle in our minds. It feels like tremendous powers clash in us. There are moments when the outcome seems most uncertain. BUT, it is fixed in God. He will take us that last stretch. Those last strongholds in our minds will be devastated by spiritual weapons.“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds” (2 Cor 10:4). This is our Jericho when the walls come tumbling down.
“The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me” (John 16:9). What Jesus says here isn’t limited to salvation only – it goes further than that. To believe in Him is to see Him and Him alone as our ALL: our faith, our wisdom, our love, our strength, our very LIFE. The good news is that our unbelief due to ignorance isn’t imputed as sin (Romans 4). When the sun has erased the image of the moon and Christ consequently is recognized as all in all in us, there is no consciousness of sin either. It can’t be since He has no consciousness of sin.
Every day temptation assails us trying to pull us into separation. This is good training, since it is through temptation we become fixed in the total truth of who we are.