Recently I wrote about knowing Jesus as He is. To be known thus is His passion and it should be ours. Impugning the nature of Father and distorting the nature of His Son is the essence of The Robbery perpetrated by the Robber and the father of lies.
He does this to degrade our lives. Jesus of course is who He is and revealed Himself as such. John reveals Him in the glory of His humanity and deity and Paul reveals Him as our life.
As the Light of the World Jesus is who He is – not someone else or a construction of our own minds. As the light of the world he comes to show us how to ‘see.’ implicit in His declaration of Himself and His Father is His invitation to repent of our ‘lights’ and our ‘gospels.’ ‘So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image’ 2 Cor 3.18 NLT.
It would be interesting to know how much of our concept of Jesus is a warping of the truth or an outright lie. Genuine following of Jesus sets us free from darkness into the light of life. The gravest distortion of Jesus comes from religion with its myths and veils. It is possible to be insulated from the real Jesus by our imagination and our theology. Much of this comes from the Adamic nature of religion while some of it comes from the kind of religion that is ‘another gospel’. Serious perversions of the nature of Jesus come from an obsession with the law, viewing Jesus through the law and extending the old covenant into the new covenant age so that the Christ of God is insulated from our hearts is not suffocated.
‘For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known’ John 1.17.18 NIV.
Jesus shares His knowledge with you.
SUPREMACY OF CHRIST
Jesus was never subordinate to the law. If He was, the law would be higher than He, which would mean that He was not God. But He is the exact expression of the living God, the author of Hebrews affirms. This is why we must seek the Christ of God with all our hearts, with the attitude that our beliefs must fit into who He is rather than our bending Him into the mold of our long held suppositions.
The quest of asking Jesus to reveal to us the Real Jesus so that we can know Him and move boldly into our already achieved union with Father is expertly presented in J Baxter Kruger’s book, Patmos. He writes, “Yet those who embrace Him, who believe in His name, find His Light, His I AM setting them free to become their true selves, free to live as children of God in the darkness, discovering their origin beyond their earthly parents in the Word in God. And so the Word became flesh and entered the darkness in person, and found His way within us. And we perceived His true identity, His glory as the only begotten out of the Father, an overflowing fountain of grace and truth. ”
We can live a richer life by seeking to know Jesus through the Lens of Himself, rather than seeing Him through a glass darkly, and through the lens of our Adamic life which is the un-enlightened us. Many years ago I read of the need to know Father as He is, since our views of God can be misrepresented by our human parents – not only by abusers but by normal people just being their flawed selves. Jesus through the law of Moses is no Jesus at all. Jesus is not somewhere else. He is in us to reveal Himself as He is. As I write this I think of a woman who is bereft of femininity and humanity because she ignores Christ and is too opinionated to be taught. The opposite to Mary and even Martha she is already a dead tree. But every one has the potential to be a tree of life.
Not only eternal life, but life in the present is ours to the extent that we know God – as He is. This is where we get our real identity as sons. This is why Mary positioned herself more advantageously for being herself than did Martha. In Jesus we can know God close up and be nourished in His revelation of Himself. Just as importantly we can be who we are as life-giving sons and daughters.