We are even less adept at being like Jesus than the Jews were at keeping the law. Our inheritance in this age is not to ‘be like Jesus.’ The treasure in jars of clay is to agree and live in the fact that Jesus becomes us. This is living in what we are – part of the ‘being’ of God. Part of the being that is no mere abstraction. But part of the being that has a name: The sons and daughters of God.
‘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.
Should we have been raised in a law culture realities such as the spirit of sonship can be seen as an abstraction. ‘The Spirit of Sonship’ is not a theological position or merely a belief. It is who you are in the new covenant: who we are in God. As sons of God we are who we are: Sons.
Sons are people for whom they and the Father are one. We can do a teaching on the spirit of sonship, yet remain in separation from God because we are sons in the letter but not in spirit and in truth. We are the creation of our beliefs.
INSULATED FROM UNION
If living in an old covenant mindset we are in Adam and in separation from God. If living from the law we are separated in our hearts and minds from union with God. If living in ignorance of what the cross achieved for all and oblivious of the incarnation and who we are in this state of being, we are not one with God in spirit and in truth because we have been caught in a lie. We are living in a continuation of the fall – the false sense of separation perpetrated on Adam and Eve by the father of lies.
Satan created the fall by tempting Adam and Eve to separate from God. He continues the fall among post cross Believers with the same lie – a lie that has become embedded in common theology.
“The assumption of separation is the great darkness.” His words hit me like a blow to my gut, but before I could recover he continued on. “Then, you see, we have to find our way to God. The Greeks offer their way through their minds; the Pharisees offer theirs through external rules. This is Ophis’s chief trick—blind us to how close the Lord is, closer than breath: we’re in him, and he’s in us. Ophis deceives the nations by one lie—separation.” (2)
There is a Great Darkness’ that disports itself as light in parts of orthodox Christianity. But it is not light. ‘Separationism’ hollows out Christianity and has Believers striving to attain what they already have: Union with God. As such it is a most successful ploy of the anti-christ because it denies that Christ has come in our flesh – that Christ manifests as you and all who believe. The Light and the walking of light is the trinity manifesting as you.
There’s a history to this debilitation. Richard Rohr observes, “Because we lost an actual sense of participation or any real transformation and de facto union with the divine, we largely lost any notion of the True Self too, which is who you objectively are, "hidden with Christ in God, and when he is revealed-and he is your life-you too will be revealed in all your glory with him" (Colossians 3:3). It is all right there in that one quotation. What most of Christian history did was largely dress up and disguise the Christian False Self. We baptized it, confirmed it, married it, and made Christians go to church instead of realizing they were the church (1 Corinthians 3:17). We often gave "holy communion" to a self that was largely incapable of much communion, and even ordained as priest, minister, bishop, and pope many False Selves who did not even know, and much less know how to enjoy, their True Selves in God.” (1)
In Christ is not you attempting to copy Christ by being ‘Christ-like.’ In Christ is what Paul calls Christ your life, meaning Christ as you. Jesus urged all who would be His disciples to realize that they were part of Him and therefore part of God. ‘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.
Apostolic teachers have realized it. In this season this day is becoming the day when the astute and the wise virgins are entering their union with the Bridegroom. This is the Kingdom of God and the new creation.
(1) Richard Rohr. The Immortal Diamond. The search for the true self.
(2) Kruger, C. Baxter. Patmos: Three Days, Two Men, One Extraordinary Conversation . Perichoresis Press. Kindle Edition.