We can live in the full version of the gospel of cling to an austerity version of it. The foolish virgins missed the fullness of their inheritance because they were too passive and smug in their assumed old covenant perspective.
Francois Du Toit writes, “Jesus did not come as an example for us, but of us. Beholding Jesus in any other way, sentimentally or religiously, will bring no lasting change. Now in Christ we may know ourselves, even as we have always been known (1 Cor 13:12).”
HE IS YOU
‘Jesus came as an example of us,’ which is to say that Jesus is who we actually by creation and by redemption. To see Jesus is to see you. Jesus completely represents you as a person before God and He is the person in you who is becoming you.
Many of us might do ourselves a favour by abandoning the contract in which we live – the ‘I will do this so that I can get God to do that routine.’ Adam’s life is no longer yours. Jesus is your life. We please Jesus and Father by allowing Jesus to be who He is meant to be for us: Our life vicariously.
GOD KNOWLEDGE/SELF KNOWLEDGE
Knowing God and knowing you is found in Christ. ‘Seeing’ beyond the clichés of the knowledge of good and evil, beyond Adamic platitudes and politically correct notions, is the privilege of being in God and being one with God. A banal degree of spiritual discernment is the price that is paid for old covenant living.
God is revealed to us in Jesus Christ. So are we. Jesus is the accurate revelation of our Father and of ourselves. We make this point here because this is the foundation of the Kingdom Jesus established. Jesus established a kingdom that is fully human, fully alive and fully incarnated with the presence of God in us.
GOD IS BEING
God is not an abstraction as He would be if the law was a description of His nature and character. God is ‘being’ and that ‘being’ is the trinity. We are being and we are fully real and whole when we are in God. Our ‘wholeness’ is restored in Jesus in our fellowship with the trinity. The fellowship Jesus has with His Father is our fellowship.
All can know God today. Anyone who chooses to know God can know Him by responding to His Spirit and know Him more by worshiping the Christ and agreeing with Jesus that we have been drawn into God by believing in Him. We can experience being drawn into our real selves by this Christ-renewed union with God. This has overcome the separation of the fall and placed us in spirit and in truth in companionship with our Father, Holy Spirit and Jesus.
“Here we were concerned with the Father/Son relation. It is exclusively from within that relation that we are given access to know God as he is in himself, for it is only in the Son, the one only begotten Son, the one Word of God incarnate, that God his revealed himself to us so that we may know him strictly in accordance with his divine nature.” (1)
‘All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him’ Matt 11.27 NIV.
This intimate knowledge becomes ours as we live in what we have been given – in he truth that we have been received into Christ’s life and experience.
In Jesus we are placed to be educated in His knowledge of our Father and His Father. We are positioned to learn of this intimacy – the intimacy Father and son enjoy. The key to possessing it is believing it and eschewing ‘other gospels.’ By clinging to law based religion we insulate ourselves from God as well as distance ourselves from the knowing of who God is in the light of revelation from Jesus.
In Christ alone we know God as God is and ourselves as we are. In Christ alone we understand the gospel of the Kingdom and protect ourselves from derivations and distortions that are actually non-gospels sent to hinder the kingdom and confuse the saints. “The mission of Jesus was not to begin the Christian religion. His mandate was to reveal and redeem the image and likeness of God in human form” Francois Du Toit.
The foolish virgins missed out because they assumed that they had what they never in fact possessed: The gospel of the Kingdom.
Christ in you, Christ your life, means that you are not just a natural person. You are a son/daughter of God who is more than yourself. You are a manifestation of the trinity and a participant in their fellowship.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Trinitarian Faith: The Evangelical Theology of the Ancient Catholic Church (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 110). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.