UNION, COMMUNION AND ONENESS WITH GOD AND OURSELVES
‘The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming-not the realities themselves . For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship’ Hebrews 10:1.
The law can provide a faint level of conformity to goodness. It cannot transform nor can it sustain one in spirit and life. It is an abstraction, which is the reason legalism promotes woodenness in Believers. Doing good does not make us Godly people. God in us and as us makes us Godly. Thus Jesus urged, ‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NIV.
Reality is Christ. What is the reality that came among us and into us via the cross? The reality is that God becomes us. It’s called incarnation and is the reason and result of the cross. This is the key truth of redemption and sonship. The Spirit of sonship manifests in you because the Son of God lives in you and expresses Himself as you.
Whereas the old covenant with its ‘obey and live’ dictum was a function of the knowledge of good and evil – the new covenant with Christ as our life is the expression of the original purpose of God: that human beings would be sons in spirit and in truth. In the last post we saw that since the cross we live in a non-contractual relationship with God. We are not doing something so that God will accept us or like us. We are living in His grace and His love because through the atonement God has placed is in Himself. We are living in communion with the trinity and more. The being of God and humanity have been woven together. So in this age there is no ‘obey and live.’ But there is ‘I am your life, so live out of your union with God.
SHADOW TO REAL
The Mosaic Law, with its commandments regarding sacrifice, was merely a shadow of a pre-existing reality that had not yet made its way into linear time. The work of Christ was accomplished in the mind of the Godhead long before creation, and had as its shadow the Old Testament sacrificial practices. Like any shadow, it was rather obscure and uninformative. Shadows don’t speak, and are therefore unable to tell their own story. One can’t really get a good grasp on the shape, colour, gender, or anything else for that matter, of a shadow’s source, until they’ve actually seen the source. Once the source has been observed, however, the shadow suddenly makes sense. All of the possibilities collapse into one definitive reality, and what was once a two dimensional blob of darkness becomes living, three dimensional substance. The substance then informs our view of the shadow, and we can look upon it with precise knowledge of what it is we’re beholding. (1)
Jesus is not a representation of the law. He is the expression of our Father and is fully God. He is also the representative and expression of You. To see Jesus is to see our Father and to see yourself. In this age because we are one with God and alive in His Spirit we become a manifestation of Christ. Because Christ becomes us in this way, we are the Body of Christ. But if the law becomes us we are not the body of Christ. We are an expression of the law.
(1) Turner, Jeff. Saints in the Arms of a Happy God: Recovering the Image of God and Man (pp. 103-104). Jeff Turner. Kindle Edition.