Jesus said. ‘Eternal life is to know God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent.’ We know God though Jesus and we know Jesus through the witness of Holy Spirit. We are not orphans. We are one with Father. Jesus comes to us in perpetuity by the ministry of the Comforter.
This is to say we know Jesus through Jesus, the Father through our Father and Holy Spirit through Holy Spirit. God is not revealed through the law. Christ cannot be known through such an abstraction and neither can Holy Spirit. They are not abstractions. They are persons in spirit and in truth.
Jesus instructed, ‘Don’t leave home unless you are baptised in the Holy Spirit.’ I served under a pastor once who had a lot to say about the Lord but definitely was not about to follow His instruction for Believers to receive the Holy Ghost. He resisted this with a spirit of control. More interested in his career prospects and the certainty of his retirement package than obeying Jesus, he continued his ‘Jesus talk’ and settled for the normal form of godliness without power.
‘Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!' Matt 7.23 NIV.
Jesus advises that not all who ‘talk Jesus’ belong to the Kingdom of Heaven. But those who do the will of His Father. This is to say they do not all know Him or His Father just because they ‘do some deeds,’ have some ‘gifts’ or engage in ‘Jesus Talk.’ The will of Father is not obedience to the law. Father’s will is for us to receive Jesus personally as our life so that He may express Himself through us. One thing is for certain. If we attempt to know the Son through the law we will not know Jesus.
This is the narrow way. Where works of the law are concerned, where one labours from a sense of obligation rather than intuitively being Jesus to people, we remain separated from Him. He does not know us or we Him. Here we rob ourselves of intimacy with God, oneness with ourselves and genuine community with others.
I have written recently about the need for union with God to be sharp in spiritual discernment. This post is about the need for union with to in order to know ourselves and our friends.
KNOWING JESUS – KNOWING YOUR FRIENDS
One can enjoy an intimate relationship with anyone who is one with Jesus. But not with those who are one with religion or with those who have chosen to be one with a religious identity or belief system. Separation breeds separation. Union breeds communion. The trinity is the heart of the universe, the heart of community and the heart of love. In Jesus we are an expression of this communion. Living from an abstraction we are robbed of our real selves and the ability to commune on an intimate level. In the law we are stones bumping each other. In Jesus we are fully human and fully alive. In the law we are separated from Jesus from ourselves and from others. We are separated from life.
THE DEEPER LIFE
We are one with Jesus because of grace. We are graced with intimate fellowship with the family of God. In the new covenant we have been gifted union with God. In Jesus we have life to the full. In Him we know God. By Holy Spirit we know Jesus whom Father has sent. We are equipped with fullness of life in the intimate union that is ours. In Jesus all barriers are removed and all veils of misunderstanding undone. Unfettered communion with Jesus and each other is ours because He lives in us and we and Him. We are known even as Jesus and Father know each other. This is the key to knowing ourselves, the living way of knowing God and the door to a deeper life of friendship and love with each other.
‘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.
‘I in them and you in me--so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me’ John 17.23 NIV.