Can we have one without the other? Possibly not. These may be polar opposites which only find expression when both are possible.
Christ consciousness is a term that is often seen as New Age woo-woo, but it has deep and genuine mystical roots, and I think it is the future of Christianity.
We often have a literal conception of Jesus' return, but the spiritual-mystical realization infinitely outshines it.
I suggest that Joseph realized Christ in himself in his First Vision, and I think this can be seen in many details in his accounts.
Jesus became a symbol of the "Lamb of God," the flip side of the "scapegoat" of the egoic enemy.
Is it seeing a man with brown hair, a beard, and a white robe? Or is there much more to the "Christ" than this?
I suggest that the mythology of messianism points to qualities of the mystical experience and the awakening of the true Self identity in nondual consciousness.
Many traditions have a messiah who is thought will come to redeem them and the world. There is perhaps a mystical interpretation of this messianism.
An addition to the BHT, when Jesus and Simon/Peter converse about the identity of Jesus and of inner revelation. 15 Jesus then said to his followers, "But who do you say that I AM?" 16 Simon replied saying, "You are Christed, the anointed One, an incarnation of the living and breathing God." 17 Then Jesus [...]
President Russell M. Nelson of the LDS Church shared 5 "absolute truths" a few days ago, and I comment on where I think he was right, and where I believe he was unfortunately mistaken.