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Participating in Christ With Our Bodies

Hi Friends,

Here is a short and simple message from Lowell Fillmore about our body as “the temple of the living God.” The message is clear: by lifting up our body we help unify it with our true spiritual nature, thereby making it “fit for God’s occupancy.” That may seem simple, but it’s much more than we think. Here’s why.

Last week was Pentecost Sunday, when Holy Spirit descends, unifying our entire Being — Spirit, soul and body — bringing our life into a greater expression of human divinity. This week is Trinity Sunday, when we lift up our bodies, allowing our body to ascend into full participation with Spirit and soul, making way in us a more perfect expression of human divinity.

Did you get that? When Holy Spirit descends, our bodies are lifted up. Why is that? The key is the Spirit-soul-body formula, found in First Thessalonians 5:23: “May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” This formula of spirit, soul and body, as an inner expression of the external (transcendent) Trinity, is the foundation for our claim that Metaphysical Christianity is an authentic and distinct expression of the historic Christian faith.

We share with mainstream Christianity a belief in the external Trinity of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. But most of mainstream Christianity does not embrace the inner Trinity of Spirit-Soul-Body, even though it is well grounded in Scripture.

This leaves mainstream Christianity unable to explain how one person, Jesus Christ, can be both fully divine and fully human. Mainstream Christians often struggle with this "christological problem" of Jesus several ways. They often portray Jesus as an unnaturally existent spiritual being, void of doubt, hunger and passion, exceptionally incarnated for redemption of sin. This is known in Paul's writings as the "spirit-flesh" problem. Others portray Jesus as a highly evolved, but only human, ethical teacher, one who is interesting, inspiring, and well intentioned, but now dead and gone. That is little more than "message-flesh." Others dodge the issue by pronouncing it all a mystery. Sadly, many walk away.

What we do is to declare, as did declare all Christianity in the first 300 years, Christ as the Logos, the eternal Word of God, God's expression of perfect Being in the higher dimension, incarnated as Jesus to make way for the bodies of all people being raised up and transformed into a more perfect expression of humanity.

But we, as Metaphysical Christians, go one step further. We declare that Christ as Logos, has not only entered into Jesus, but also has entered into us, as Spirit, bonding with soul, the seat of our passion, transforming and unifying superconscious, conscious and subconscious mind, allowing Spirit access to our body, forming a perfect union of divinity and humanity as Spirit in soul and body, restoring humankind to it's rightful place in God's providence.

We, as Metaphysical Christians, participate with Jesus, our way-shower as part of the second person of the Trinity. This is nothing more than Charles Fillmore’s understanding of “Christ in you, our hope of glory.” And it was laid out by him 100 years ago in his Statement of Faith. Click here to learn more about Charles Fillmore's Statement of Faith. Click here to order a Fillmore Statement of Faith postcard.

Because of our Spirit-Soul-Body forumula, we are not “low christology” but rather we are “high anthropology.” Further, our Pentecost is not a one-time event we wait for. It is, as M.H. McKean wrote, a Perpetual Pentecost.

The Father-Son-Holy Spirit forumula is a creed. The Spirit-Soul-Body formula is a spiritual practice. We do not declare Jesus Christ as a part of the Trinity so much as we participate with Christ in the Trinity.

By participating with Spirit, the body is made whole, becoming, not a body of flesh, but a body of spirit. We put into practice the advice of Lowell Fillmore: “Bless your body and dedicate it to God’s service each day, realizing that the vitalizing life of the Spirit of God is pulsating through every atom and fiber of it, healing, cleansing, and making it perfect.”

Have you ever noticed how many times the apostle Paul uses the phrase “in Christ” and “in the Spirit”? There are 73 occurrences in Paul’s authentic letters. New Testament scholarship in the past 50 years have referred to this as “participation in Christ”.

Scholars are discovering what Charles Fillmore found over 100 years ago—that we are not “made righteous” by confession but by participation — by aligning our bodies with Spirit. We “bless our bodies and dedicate it to God’s service each day.” This discovery has come to be known as the New Perspective on Paul.

This "new perspective" on Paul’s call for participation in Christ is not new. But it is something that hasn’t yet moved out of the mainline Christian seminaries into the denominational churches. Most mainstream Christians do not see or understand what it means to “participate in Christ”. But those in the Fillmore tradition of Metaphysical Christianity have been practicing it with their bodies for over 130 years. Mainstream Christianity is catching on. We should lead the way.

Mark Hicks
Trinity Sunday, May 26, 2024

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