The mystery and paradox of life are the belief that our existence is autonomous of everything in the world and then the possibility that there is a God that transcends our world and the universe.
The Christian faith teaches because I am spiritually blind and believe the world centers around me; I am unaware of God’s presence and love. Salvation is the gift of having my spiritual eyes open, so I perceive life beyond my human perspective. It is a gift that reclaims God’s image in me so I may unite my heart and mind with His. God, through the revelation of the living Christ, is alive and living in me. (The Indwelling Presence of Christ)
The kingdom of Heaven is no longer out there, or someplace I will go to when I die because the resurrected Christ lives in my heart here and now. Luke declares, “The kingdom of God is within you.” God’s spirit is a permanent resident residing and dwelling in me.
The divine mystery is I am a partaker of God’s spirit no longer living autonomously but now in unity with His being. I am not God, but I am more than flesh and blood. I no longer live isolated and alienated from the Creator. I live in harmony with God and creation. I no longer am just a drop of water in the ocean of God’s love, but the sea of God’s love is in me. I live in His presence, and I am one with Him and all creation. I am the reflection of Him and live with eternity stamped in my heart.
The prison door of my soul is now open, and I am bound no longer in the darkness, but now walk in the marvelous light of His love.
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Corinthians 4:4 NIV
Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in you in your midst.” (footnote or is within you) NIV
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