Tuesday, October 23, 2007

volition and His Being

Consider volition:

1. the act of willing, choosing, or resolving; exercise of willing
2. a choice or decision made by the will.
3. the power of willing; will.

Do we volitionally (will and act to) place ourselves in the Spirit of God resident within us? If the answer is "yes" that is a statement of faith in the supernatural. That is, God the Father is a supernatural being and believing that this Being labeled God the Father is accessible for a human to choose to be in Him is a statement of belief in a supernatural experience between human and God.

I for one believe this is the exact state the Father intends we enter once Jesus regenerates us from sin, and the Holy Spirit in-dwells us. Further, this is the place of completion and peace we know while we traverse this earth as aliens away from home. In my view, there is no other way to truly know the peace that passes understanding.

Often as I experience Christians, I catch attitudes of superiority or disdain for the lost or even fear of them. I wonder where that comes from. I have an explanation for this phenomenon myself, but that is not why I am writing this post. Rather I am attempting to make the point that there is a set of thoughts and expression that claims Christianity which is nothing more than a religious system of thinking characterized by particular ways of being that are not supernatural. In contrast, there is an authentic experience of the in-dwelling Christ characterized by the way of Christ; He directly referred to this when He said, "I am the way, the truth and the life."

True enough, Jesus is the way one gains access into the Father's presence. However, I see a deeper statement that once Christ in-dwells us, we also enter into a way of being human which was demonstrated in the human life of Jesus, ie the way He did things = the way we will do things in Him. Therefore, the volitional act of placing ourselves fully within His in-dwelling Presence is at once an act of faith in the supernatural and an active participation in the divine nature that lifts us into a place of authority in the spiritual realm while we exist in the natural.

Adopting an attitude of separation from the humanity around one's self based on a self-perceived special knowledge as a Christian announces in both body language and verbiage a sub-conscious function of one's true state of self dressed in Christianese, "I am above you." (This is not about how and with whom we fellowship or other choices based on sanctified living, but how we behave toward other human-beings who do not know the Presence of Jesus.) However, the Spirit of Christ in us fully identifies with the sinner...not because He is a sinner, of course, but because He was fully human and He is filled with compassion for those who live under the condemnation of the curse.

I will be interested in your response, whatever it is. Don't be afraid to use your imagination. It is a fruitful path in the Wild Wood.

7 comments:

Steve Sensenig said...

I LOVE that profile pic!! Too funny :)

However, the Spirit of Christ in us fully identifies with the sinner...not because He is a sinner, of course, but because He was fully human and He is filled with compassion for those who live under the condemnation of the curse.

Amen! If our High Priest is able to sympathize with us in our weaknesses, having been fully tempted in every way as we are, how much more should we show compassion and empathy toward those around us?

And how much more should we desire to live out a life of freedom from that curse as a means of showing Him to those who need Him?

Jimazing said...

ded - There's enough fodder in this post to spend a lifetime unpacking. I am so glad you are a blogger now.

"Adopting an attitude of separation... announces... "I am above you."..."
Following Jesus is a personal choice, from which we enter into personal disciplines, but these disciplines are not the point. In my own life, I have found myself thinking, "If my neighbors see me going to church every Sunday, they will know I am a Christian." As if that is the point.

I know me well enough to know that even though I do some good things, I am not superior to those who have not yet chosen to follow Christ. I pray that He continues to purge those words and behaviors that speak any other message.

ded said...

jimazing:

thanks for stopping by...
I appreciate your comment, but I believe you are so open before our Lord, you will hardly spend a life time on this little post.

your heart is beautiful and I've added you as a link from my blog.

I hope that is ok

ded said...

Steve,

I appreciate you showing up here.

One day we visited Emma at NC State for a frisbee tournament she played in...magnificently I must say. She proudly showed us the 12" strawberry she earned attempting to catch a goal. We had taken Calvin with us only to confront signs for "No Pets on the Field". I stuffed him in my sweatshirt knowing the issue was dog poop in the grass. He promptly stuck his head out...hence the picture.

George said...

"...there is a set of thoughts and expression that claims Christianity which is nothing more than a religious system of thinking characterized by particular ways of being that are not supernatural."

I had a piece of chocolate tonight. I can describe it to you. Its physical dimensions: square, an inch and a half per side, and maybe 3/8" thick. It was medium dark brown, almost brittle but tended to melt as I chewed. It tasted, well, a bit sweet, but not too sweet -- I really don't know what words to use to describe the taste. But if words about dimensions and texture are all I have to describe chocolate, then that's the best -- the only way for me to share with you what chocolate is. And you should accept that, and learn to describe chocolate this way so you can share it with others you meet. Because trust me, chocolate is really good.

"In contrast, there is an authentic experience of the in-dwelling Christ characterized by the way of Christ; He directly referred to this when He said, "I am the way, the truth and the life."

You gotta try chocolate. I can tell you what to look for and where to find it. But you gotta try it for yourself. Only when you do experience it yourself will you really understand what I understand.

ded said...

George,

Exactly!!

Steve Sensenig said...

George nailed it!!!

Now I want some chocolate...