This post is about being a prince and about dead folks. We all know the story of the frog who was really a prince. Reality presents itself in many forms. When people say, ‘Get real!’ or ‘Get a life!’ they might be expressing frustration with someone they know. But they are also and possibly impatiently inviting us to leave some lie behind, beckoning us to live in reality and be that glorious person who is the real us and who is not smothered by some myth of un-reality. Paul tells us that only in Christ are the veils taken away. For our well being and verisimilitude as humans who are sons of God it is important that we live from the Son who is God - and not from some lesser christ served to us on a plate from a divergent gospel.
‘And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit’ 2 Cor 3.18 NIV.
Many sincere people have their glory veiled because they live behind veils of bad doctrine and false theology. They live in a gospel that is not a gospel, at least not the gospel of the Kingdom. This is a gospel that can be composed of self-constructed lies and myths that Satan has succeeded in sowing into our souls. Or they can be the more overt lies merchandised as a gospel like some ‘improvement’ on the teaching of the apostles, some ‘key’ or supposed revelation - that undoes what Father has done in Christ and undoes what you could have been if you had lived in the gospel of the Kingdom instead of this lesser gospel of supposition and contradiction to the new covenant. Sincere adherents of such gospels have their glory veiled, their potential neutralised. They finish their sincere lives having never lived to be the persons Jesus died for them to become. We live as frogs when we have turned god into a frog.
‘We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life’ Rom 6.4 NIV.
We have a choice. We can choose the gospel of the Kingdom or the lesser gospel of our own devising and common myth. We can remain in the old covenant in Adam’s life out of laziness, or in the smug notion that we have this little ‘perspective’ that we are entitled to. We can clutch a ‘special’ identity we have made for ourselves like a security blanket and think we have arrived because we have adopted the Holy Spirit and are charismatic. We can promote a non-gospel because we have made a career from it and it is our church brand. Or we can plod on in such a gospel because we have elected to be a mule rather than a son. Whatever the reason it is sin and rebellion that says ‘My way is better than your new and living way, Jesus. I’ll choose my own ideas over your fullness.’ When we do this we are like dead people who are inert, spiritually blind and inconveniently deaf to life who is shouting in the street - ‘CHOOSE ME!’
But in Christ even the dead can be raised. Jesus raised a dead girl. He called her name and she came back to life. Her body was dead but her spirit could hear the summons to life from the Son of God. If our soul is dead there is still hope. The innocent spirit of man longs for life and seeks it out. In Christ the veils are removed and we have life and fellowship with God to the full.
‘And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you’ Rom 8.11 NIV.