ALIVE IN GOD. DEAD IN ADAM'S TREE
These posts and this ministry are dedicated to the fact that Christ is our life and that we are not living from a construct which means we are not living from the law, a belief system or the more malleable expression of the law* – religion. We live not from positions or definitions but our interwoveness into the Being of God. We live from God and are truly alive when we are ‘in’ the God who is real and not real if we are the creation of our own minds.
People had a relationship with God before the advent of Jesus Christ, both as Jews and as Gentiles. The Wisemen From the East were not Jews. But they were people who had a heart of God. The centurion whom Peter healed was not a Jew but a devout man who sought the good. The Spirit led Him to Peter who would reveal the truth of who God is in Jesus Christ and introduce him to the new and living way of knowing God and being his true self in the Spirit. This Living Way is a Person and the sharpest representation of who God is as God and who we are as sons and daughters of God.
WHY TRINITY COUNTS
In this post we emphasise that God is three and one. He has to be more than a singular entity because the essence of His nature is love. It makes no sense to say that an ‘Un-moved Mover’ is love because an inert entity cannot love. The trinity that is the relationship of persons is the source of our relationship with God. It’s the model and reason for the fact that we now enjoy the relationship with Father that Jesus has with His Father. Similarly with Holy Spirit.
Legalists tend naturally to ant-trinitarianism. So do concrete thinkers and those tied to black and white thinking – the kind of people who if re-birth is true would appear in the next iteration of themselves as a black and white television set. It’s one of the diseases of the knowledge of good and evil.
There is nothing about our life in God that is an abstraction or a legality. Everything about this life that is about relationship and union. This is why Christ is our life and the law and religion is not our life. It’s also why once we have seen this truth and stepped into it we are born again. Born out of dead trees and a pile of wood, into sonship in spirit and in truth. Stephen Morrison observes that,
THE WHY OF TRINITY
“If God is love, then God cannot be a singular person or a solitary deity. To love implies an object and a subject, a lover and a beloved. Love by nature necessitates many persons. When the scriptures say that God is love, they are at once saying that God is a Trinity. For this reason the scriptures speak of God as love (in being), not merely as one who loves (in action). God is love because the act and being of God are one and the same. God’s being is His being-in-act, and God’s act is His act-in-being. In Himself from before all-time God is love because the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit exist in a mutual fellowship of self-giving, other-centered service and love. God is therefore one Being, three Persons. God is at once three distinct persons who exist with and in and for one another, and also one God united in the love they share for each other.” (1)
RELATIONSHIP IS LIFE AND LOVE
We were created by God from the vision that we as sons and daughters have a relationship with God in the same mode that the Holy Family enjoy relating to each other. There was no law external to this. This communion with God and Adam and Eve was the law – but not the kind of law that comes from letters on stone. There was no such law before that got to be the ‘ten words.’ The only law that was in place is the law that has now been recreated now for us in which to dwell in comfort. This is the kind of order that Paul calls ‘the law of the spirit of life’. This is the spirit of sonship in spirit and in truth. Any other kind of law is extraneous and an imposter.
* There is a theology that wants to persuade us that being partakers of the Divine Nature means doing the law. Actually it means the opposite since incarnated with God, God manifests as Jim and Leonie.
(1) Morrison, S. D.. We Belong: Trinitarian Good News (p. 1). Beloved Publishing. Kindle Edition.