Jesus was one with the Father. To see Jesus is to see the Father. To live in Jesus is to see. With Jesus as our life we walk in the light and there is no shadow of darkness whatsoever.
‘Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind’ John 9.39 NIV. We can consign ourselves to blindness or sight.
If we are living in the new covenant light we and Father are one. If we have neglected to keep in step with God we are still one with God in principle. But not living in this union or His light. This would be like kids who woke up on Christmas morning and opted not to open and enjoy their presents. The gifts were their presents but they had not possessed them.
‘Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit's leading in every part of our lives’ Gal 5.25 NLT.
Jesus knew what people were thinking. He had penetrating spiritual vision. He had this vision because He was one with Father. It was who Jesus was. He saw what Father was seeing and with His eyes He penetrated appearances. We call this spiritual discernment. Paul tells of the rapier sharp discernment that can be ours when we live personally in the living word.
‘For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart’ Heb 4.12 NIV.
Jesus was grace and truth with full access to both. In Him there was no condemnation but there was a penetrating vision. Truth was revealed in the revelation of our Father and grace was lived out in His teaching, his signs and His cross. The greatest sign of His grace and truth was His victory over the grave and His initiation of new creation life. In being truth and living truth Jesus liberated us from all forms of death. Death cannot maintain its hold in the face of truth. But death in its many forms hides and multiplies in any kind of error – particularly conceits that result from insulation from truth and that masquerades as the truth.
‘Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom’ 2 COR 3.17 NIV. In the spirit of the Lord there is liberty. In the throes of the law there is bondage and blindness.
There is a grace and truth that results from union with God. There is a counterfeit of grace and truth that results from separation from God. It manifests as the inability to distinguish between kingdom and religion and an accommodation to things dead. Separation induces the great darkness which is dark because many call it light. Any one bound to the law walks in darkness. Those in the Spirit of Christ walk in the light. Those in the greatest darkness claim to walk in Jesus plus the law.
‘When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’ John 8.12 NIV. So if our walk is primarily confusion what is this telling us?
FALSE GRACE AND ILLUSORY TRUTH
We can live in the illusion that we are patient and gracious when we are merely dull in spiritual discernment. Law separates us from God and anaesthetises the spiritual senses. Here we have a muffled perception of grace and truth because we do not live in grace and truth. We live in a bubble of our own truth with a false christ and another gospel. We are marooned in in separation from God - the separation that we live in when we are contained and alienated in the law and the old covenant. Such separation dulls our spiritual senses and distorts our spiritual eye-sight. Particularly because this is a perspective that is counter to the gospel of the Kingdom. Living in the old covenant in the new covenant age is as loopy as Tony Abbotts ideas on climate change.
In accommodating ourselves to a non-gospel we insulate ourselves from truth and light. We become progressively dull in spiritual discernment and become known for ears that cannot here and eyes that cannot see. We live in self-sustaining delusion while thinking we have some corner on truth.
Separated from God we develop an apparent patience and a pseudo grace that results from accommodation to death in place of life. Rather than children of the light we become children of the lie and are surrounded by a cloud of darkness and death. We have become blind men and women, sometimes attempting to lead those who can see.
Did you know that we can love Jesus yet attach ourselves to a distorted Christ and perverted gospel? Unconditional, no boundaries commitment to Jesus makes us privy to His revelation of Himself and the clarification of His Plan
‘Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan’ Eph 1.11 NLT.
In Him is life and that light is the light of men. We will possess this life and light if we are one with the Christ of God and His gospel of the Kingdom. Not if we made our own christ and cobbled together our own gospel. With our own lens rather than the Jesus lens we will walk in confusion if not in darkness. The things we say will be a product of our blindness rather than our sharpness of vision. We will waking in circles addicted to our own ideas and talk about the Kingdom without being of it.
‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it’ John 1.5 NIV.