Aroma of Life
It's amazing what Paul said about to one we are a savour of life, and to others the stench of death.
I don't know, maybe I'm too influenced by the evil orphanage ladies in Shirley Temple movies, but they seem to be everywhere, always seeing death and sin in the midst of life and glory.
But by mercy and grace we see death swallowed up in the midst of life so that there is only life in the end. Life and death, and heaven and hell, are only life and heaven in the end, and one moment's touch of eternity opens everything as it really is, which is that heaven is filling everything. Everything is filled with golden light.
Somewhere somehow I have seen it for myself.
Not some great mystical vision of being taken into the seventh heaven, just inexplicable inward confirmation of the truly Real coupled with, every so often, here & there, visual or emotional or intellectual or physical glimpses of the eternal diffused into every moment.
Basically what I'm struggling to say is that eternity is begetting time, and the kingdom of God is the eternity Who is begetting our Time, and our lives in that Time are His begetting, therefore they are His Joy, His Power, His Life, His Love, and that He fills the Whole of it, the "it" being the Life He has begotten in us.
The life He has begotten in us is what we say over and over, "You ARE HE!"
To embrace this is to go past everything. It is the most dangerous thing in the universe -- because it can be heard so wrongly. You are He? It's an atomic bomb in the hands of a terrorist.
Yet this is the way to go. It's the heart of the matter. You are HE! It's built into humanity to discover self.
Who can measure up to being Him? If you think you do, you're doomed. Come back later.
"I live yet not I but Christ," and "To me to live is Christ," and "Christ is all and in all," are tall statements or tall tales. Tall tales to some to debate about, but tall statements of a truth so vast and so cataclysmic and so mind-wrenching as to go against every thought and belief and experience and knowledge you ever thought you had in your whole life. It is blasphemous blasphemous blasphemous in almost any circle to say "I am Christ living -- and so are you!"
Now that's either insipid liberal schmaltzy artsy bullcrap or the most volcanic BIG BANG totally mind-orgasming riddle-anwering-mystery revealed out of the most secret depths of eternity, that is when you look into it, as mind-boggling and brain-hurting as looking out into the stars on a clear night and trying to imagine how far infinity is .... it is mystery revealed before our eyes yet hardly comprehended. It is beyond and yet we are in the midst of that infinity. We are not looking out "AT" infinity, but are part of it!
Ye are the light of the world, ye are the salt of the earth ....
I live yet not I but Christ ....
This is really indeed the salvation of the human race ....
13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?
14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.