Jesus is the I AM of Himself and the I AM of who God is. Identity is important to God because being who you are is the essence of being a real person. We have been warned against idolatry from the beginning because a warped vision of God produces a twisted version of ourselves.
‘When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” ‘John 8.12 NIV.
Whether we are in the Body or not becomes a moot point if we are not walking in the light – because we have adopted a lens that makes us walk in darkness.
LIGHT, LIFE AND WAY Jesus is the light and life of the world. It is in His Person that we see God and know our true selves. Jesus enters our darkness and liberates us from the dim shapes, the confusion and self-harm that is us when we choose to walk in darkness instead of the light of life.
As members of His Body we can live in His light or live in degrees of darkness and death. The complete and finished revelation of who God is, who we are and how we enter into the life that has been won of us was given by Jesus and the apostles. There is no additional revelation – at least not a revelation that comes from God.
Apostolic teachers speak from the enlightenment of Holy Spirit. They release revelation – but it is never an addition of subtraction from that gospel spoken forth by Jesus, Paul and John. Paul’s gospel that he called ‘my gospel’ is our gospel. It is the one gospel, that when believed makes us members of the Body of Christ not notionally but in spirit and in truth.
NO FRANKENSTEIN CHRIST
‘Our gospel and our Christ is not a self-constructed man-made Frankenstein christ. There is one Christ, one gospel and one way of living in the spirit of sonship what is ours.
There are ‘other gospels’ that attract a curse and produce communities of tares. They are the effect of walking in our own darkness rather than in the light of life. Baxster Kruger observes,
“The New Testament is so full of the summons to repent and believe in Jesus. We are so confused and lost in the darkness. But Jesus is sharing himself with us, and in so doing he commands us to a vast reinterpretation of our own existence. We are not rejected. We are not separated from God. The Father loves us with an endless love, and He has found us in His Son. This is what repentance is all about; it is a radical change of mind, a thoroughgoing reorientation of the way we perceive God Himself and His heart, of the way we perceive ourselves and others.” We grow when we live in a constant reinterpretation of our existence in the light of Jesus. It’s the process of new birth and the actuality of our advance from glory to glory in the uniqueness of our sonship in spirit and in truth.” (1)
Jesus invites us to forsake ‘our light’ and enter His light. ‘When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’
(1) Kruger, C. Baxter. Across All Worlds: Jesus Inside Our Darkness . Perichoresis, Inc. Kindle Edition.