Dispatch One Hundred Thirty-Six

Posted: April 20, 2015 in Thirty-Third Bundle
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1 JOHN 3:1-7

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

What we will be has not yet been revealed. What we will be? What are we now? According to the author, we are in the process of becoming like unto Jesus, the now risen Christ. Recently this philosophy and teaching have been given the name evolutionary spirituality, or the evolution of spirit in the fullness of our humanity. The idea is that we, as we ponder and reflect on this mystery, are still unfolding according to the internal design of our deeper human nature.

Locked yet within us are powers, talents, and capacities that are awaiting their seasons of release and realization. Now that we’ve seen the truth, are we able to stand firm with integrity against every form of deception and worldly distraction? Now that we’ve tasted of an unconditional love, can we accomplish the forgiveness of our enemies without a question of what’s fair? The fact that these virtues are presently assimilated not fully but only in degree is evidence of our becoming, that we have some developmental distance to go.

All, then, is not done for us by some external agency. God did not “fix” things in the life or on the cross of Jesus, but rather revealed to us our own depth and future. The love unveiled in Jesus invites the reflective seeker to contemplate its radical power, to open in receptive response to its gift, to allow its redemptive energy to awaken and rise up from deep within. To “receive” the love of God from without and to have its potential “released” from within are really just two angles on the same mystery – the mystery being that God, who is Love, simultaneously embraces and stirs within us. As a son of God, Jesus revealed our true identity as God’s children.

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