“The best artist has that thought alone
Which is contained within the marble shell;
The sculptor’s hand can only break the spell
To free the figures slumbering in the stone.”
–Michelangelo Buonarroti (Brainy Quote)
We are in the process of becoming who we already are in Christ.
God is the Best Artist. And you are His thought, His block of marble, if you will. And this Artist is relentlessly about forming His Son in you.
As Graham Cooke has said, God’s not dealing with what’s wrong with you, but what’s missing in your experience in Christ.”
You are the Father’s masterpiece, His glorious work of art. You were complete in His mind long before your birth–to be released, to be shaped, formed and fashioned as a son. You were destined to be like His Son, a reflection of Him, to live out His life in your human frame.
“God has made us what we are [For we are his handiwork/workmanship/work of art]. In Christ Jesus, God ·made [created] us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing.” (Eph.2:10 EXB)
And only He can break the spell, only He can free the figures slumbering in the stone…those things that lock us in.
And what keeps us so encased? So asleep in our ignorance? Is it not our myopic notions of God, our empty philosophy, our religious mythology?
Especially, our firmly entrenched Christian mythology.
Paul pleaded with the Colossian believers to not be cheated by these things that encase the earthbound mind of man, so that they could become who they already were in Christ.
“Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” (Col.2:8-10 NKJV)
Did you see that? In Christ dwells the “fullness of the Godhead bodily.” But you are complete in Him. So, where are you…and who are you, beloved “artwork” of God?
This thing called “Christianity” is not a philosophy, it’s not right things to believe about God and you go heaven. That’s an orphan myth, a facsimile called “Christianity” that blinds the hearts and minds of man and never delivers on its promises.
You see, it cannot just be about who Christ is, although that’s critically important. For then there would’ve been absolutely no reason for Him to come to earth. He has no need to show anyone who He really is. This revelation changes nothing in the eternal Godhead. And it won’t transform you either.
No, this Divine story created in the heart of God can only ultimately be about Christ in you, which makes it all about Christ in the end.
Beloved, this is the most critical thing we should know. Otherwise, we will never be released from the “Marble.”
Otherwise, we will forever be gazing at Christ and never seeing ourselves in Him, which means, never knowing why He came on that first Christmas Day.
Everything else we could ever know about ourselves, and about anything else for that matter, is absurdly irrelevant by comparison.
To see yourself separated in any way from who Christ is to still have the real you hidden in the marble, if you will. Still asleep, still bound up in religious lies that hide your identity. The real you is in Christ–you died, and He IS your life (Gal.2:20; Col.3:3).
You will never be more heavenly, more righteous, more holy, more loved, more godly, more sinless, more Christ-like than the real you is right now–the “you” that’s encased in God’s Marble, in “living stone.” (1 Pet.2:5)
So, let the Artist finish His work on you. He’s faithful to complete what He began in you (Phil.1:6).
You cannot strive to attain these things, you must obtain them, rest in them, believe them, and walk in them by faith. The former is empty religion, the latter is biblical Christianity.