NOW WE ARE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GOD
The earth has always been a manifestation of God. People of good intent express the “godness” of God even when they do not recognise Him. When Jesus came as the word made flesh and God with us, He was the personal expression of the incarnation that had been showing itself in the creation and to the prophets.
God is a spirit and personal. He is three persons in one and has always manifested Himself through created things. We express God in our uniqueness when Christ is our life.
The pagan mind can apprehend God. But for the Believer, God is not rocks, mountains or forces of nature deified. God is the Christ, the creator and Saviour of the World who lives to draw all things into Himself and multiply Himself in us.
Fellowship with God is more than ‘nature appreciation’. It is relational and personal. In Jesus we are connected with our origins and our destiny. Our spirit is joined to His Spirit.
Incarnation makes this indwelling specific and remedial. The appearance of Jesus and the culmination of His mission in the resurrection initiates the new creation, a continuous resurrection process involving the healing of us and the world.
The incarnation creates sons of God in spirit and in truth, embodies them with the agency of Holy Spirit and is the reality in us all of Christ come in the flesh.
Christ come in the flesh is the manifestation of The Christ in us so that we are not only sons of God in spirit and in truth but we are ourselves in spirit and in truth. This is to be a ‘self’’ authenticated in Jesus to be who we were made to be and carry out the mission of being a manifestation of Christ. This is the genuine missiology as compared to the institutionalised/churchy missiology that is a faint replica of the Real. None can be fruitful as a representative of Jesus who are operating in their false self instead of their real self.
You are real when hidden in Jesus.
Where is the true self most fruitful? When born into the real self that is Christ as us. ‘He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant--not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life’ 2 Cor 3.6 NIV. Here we are born into His body and His life to become our life as a life-giving spirit, in spirit and in truth.
We belong to the body of death when we belong to the law. Even if we do take the name of Christ. We live in the Spirit when Christ is our life – not because we have doused our body of death with the a few gifts and prophecies.
Being part of the Body of Christ is more than a construct. It is to be part of the community of people who are who they are in their bodies as an expression of the Spirit of Jesus.
“When I know that the world around me is both the hiding place and the revelation of God, I can no longer make a significant distinction between the natural and the supernatural, between the holy and the profane. (A divine “voice” makes this exactly clear to a very resistant Peter in Acts 10.)
Everything I see and know is indeed one “uni-verse,” revolving around one coherent center. This Divine Presence seeks connection and communion, not separation or division.” (1)
Because you and our Father are one, we and creation are one. This relieves us of the idolatry of sacred times, sacred places and sacred rites which when compared to the reality that is ours in Christ is but a religious mirage.
Separation is of the law and the knowledge of good and evil. Connection and communion is ours because Christ is our life. In Him we are in God, in the trinity and one with logos of the universe.
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Universal Christ (p. 15). SPCK. Kindle Edition.