In the matrix of the knowledge of good and evil, we can live a compartmentalised life, as though existence is composed of assorted compartments of varied holiness. In this paradigm the command to be holy as God is holy looks impossible. But it’s not.
It’s not because, since the cross that kind of thing ‘is finished’. It never existed in reality. Only appeared to and resulted from man’s attempt to make levels and gradations of good and evil as a means of recommending himself to himself, to others and to God.
COMMON RELIGIOUS ILLUSIONS
While ‘sacred and secular’ are words in common usage there is no such division in the Kingdom of God. Certainly monasteries and nunneries may have had degrees of value but they arose from an artificial conception of the God’s domain and ours - separated. The Old Testament had always described the earth as entirely the Lord’s, nevertheless the religious motivation to sacralise times and places, and the compartments of the Hebrew sanctuary created the impression of holy and less holy places. And so Peter thought to establish temples for Moses, Elijah and Jesus since the revelation of the incarnation where Christ is in all had not been understood by him, even though it was at that moment being revealed in the transfigured Jesus. There is no sacred and secular in the Kingdom Jesus began.
So. There is no such thing as my time and God’s time today. No banal and carnal time as compared to holy time. Time and place has been reclaimed and sanctified by the blood and the Spirit and God has come to live in you and in us as the means of sanctifying the world and re-imagining it as the new creation.
CHRIST IS OUR LIFE – OR HE IS NOT
We can live a compartmentalised life out of ignorance or out of self-centredness. Should our life mainly be about us with the left-overs for Jesus, we will be attracted to the notion of holy times and holy places – places in which we center on ourselves and then give a tithe of our effort and our being to the Lord. Such a stilted attitude goes well with the law and the old covenant knowledge of good and evil its compartmentalisations. But it does not build a holistic life or provide an undivided union with God. It fits well with ‘holiness’ seen as ‘contract’ instead of union with God.
The bottom line is that we can attempt to be holy by doing things – without success. Or we can be holy as a state of being, because we are part of God and sharers in His being with success and with spirit and truth.
FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT
Revelation and clarity comes to us when we understand that God is declaring: “I have named you from the foundation of the world.’ ‘You are the one, you are the man, you are the woman, you are the child.’ ‘I created you for life in My house.’ ‘I brought you forth and sustain you now for the sole purpose of being right for Me and in face-to-face fellowship with Me.” (1)
What is offered is not an added burden of more ostentatious pieties but a whole of life adventure that is a realisation of the self as son of God, rather than a lackey and worker in the tool shed of the law.
(1) Kruger, C. Baxter. God Is For Us. Kindle Edition, loc 259.