Christ: Christ is All and in All #5

“Christ is Reality”

Taking Paul’s two-part sentence as-a-whole, we see that he was saying, “Christ is reality.” E. Stanley Jones said the same, “To be in him is to be in ultimate reality. To be in him is to have the roots of our being in reality. To be in him is to have the sum total of reality behind us, sustaining us and giving us cosmic backing.” [1]

Christians are sometimes mocked by those who tell us to “live in the real world.” But the fact is, we do! [2] This world (e.g. money, sex, and power) is the illusion, referred to as maya in Buddhism and as “the kingdoms of this world” in Christianity. In upcoming meditations, we will read and reflect about the amazing Christ, but every one is an aspect of reality: real life”(abundant living) in the real world (the kingdom of God). It is all in the universal Christ, excarnate (eternal) and incarnate (in time). Christ is the deep-and-wide dive into reality. Paul’s six words sum it all up.

[1] E. Stanley Jones, ‘In Christ’ (Abingdon Press, 1961), Week 2, Sunday. The book has been republished by Abingdon.

[2] Jones made this clear too in his book, ‘In Christ,’ Week 1, Monday.

About Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 43 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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