Jill values intimacy with Christ and so she should. But she believes this intimacy depends on her performance. She’s wrong about that. It depends on Jesus’ performance.
We can be separated from God in our minds. But we never are in fact. Not even the sinner and rebel. This is a product of our own fear, self-doubt and sense of un-worthiness. Most of us have been socialised into the assumption that we are separated from God. But we are not separated at all. Quite the opposite.
‘No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord’ Rom 8.37-39 NIV.
The fact is, we are unworthy but Jesus is worthy. He is our life. We are at this moment one with God for one simple reason. Jesus union with His Father is our union. This is the vicarious life of Jesus for us. You need to live in the fact that your sins cannot separate you from God. This is the new and living way to live in freedom. It is to shine in your own glory and experience His presence driving the law of sin and death out of your being. But here’s the thing. No matter what the state of progress in your struggle with sin – whether you have a c+ or e, you remain one with God. Union with Him and fellowship with Jesus is your inheritance as a son/daughter of God.
Most of us have been socialised into the assumption that we are separated from God. Religion is based on separation and the hoops you must jump through to undo it. It is not our spiritual reality however. You are not an orphan. You and Father are one. The trinity resides in you. You are continually graced by the love of our Father, the joy of Holy Spirit and the blood of Jesus.
Francois Du Toit writes offers his Mirror translation and comments on 2 Corinthians 11:3
‘I am concerned for you that your thoughts would waste away on the illusion of separation from Christ and that, just like with Eve, you would become blurry eyed and deceived into believing a lie about yourselves.
The temptation was to exchange the truth about our completeness (I am) with the idea of incompleteness (I am not) and shame; thinking that perfection required your toil and all manner of wearisome labour! (The word, phteiro, means to pine or waste away, to whither. Any idea of separation causes one to wither away in loneliness!
The word haplotes from hama, a particle of union, and pleko, to braid or plat together; sometimes translated, simplicity or unmixed. The Greek word, ophis is translated serpent and comes from optomai, to gaze, in this case, to present a visual idea through illusion. The word exapataō from ek + apateo, apathy is the source of deception, to be without faith + believing a lie about yourself!
Heb 4:6 Israel died in the wilderness because of their unbelief. [Both Adam and Israel believed a lie about themselves. Num 13:33, Josh 2:11, 2 Cor 4:4.] The word panourgia, from the words, pas, all, and ergon, work. This word is often translated, cunning, craftiness or subtlety. See also 2 Cor 4:2 We have renounced hidden agendas [employing a little bit of the law in an attempt to “balance” out grace]; we have distanced ourselves from any obscure craftiness to manipulate God’s word to make it mean what it does not say!)Mirror Bible.
The teaching of separation theology is the great darkness. Our life is His life because Jesus has made our life His. Adherence to the old and dead way of the law separates us from God in our minds and hearts and purveys the illusion that it’s all up to us. It surfaces in notions like ‘Keeping close to Jesus.’ If it is the great darkness and the giant subterfuge that comes from the mouth of the false prophet it is also the great dullness. Separationism robs us of Father’s likeness, spirit and life. The reality is Christ. Live in His reality which is that, despite appearances and circumstances Jesus really is your life.