A LIFE WITH CONTENT CALLED CHRIST YOUR L IFE
Truth is a person. Jesus declared Himself the way the truth and the life. This is as all-embracing as you can get. It means that truth is Christ our life.
‘Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’ John 14.6 NIV.
God left you the simplicity of the incarnation. Not a religion called Christianity. Once Christ becomes Christianity instead of your life you lose the content of the Kingdom of God.
MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB
It makes a difference if we are wedded to truth as an abstraction or truth as a person. Married to the former we are married to intellection and to the letter. Married to truth as a person we are married to life as God. If Jesus is our husband we will be enveloped by God’s love, drawn into God’s fellowship and infused with love for God and truth as represented by God.
The first kind of truth it is a spare kind of loving. Either it will be a superficial kind of loving or fanaticism. Or ‘our love’ may be an ideological dependency. An infatuation with a construct that appears to give us an identity and status. But in reality, not an identity as a son.
The importance of truth is that it is the difference between living in reality and not.
In the books authored by Solomon we are left with the declaration that God is wisdom and that the fear of God is respect for His wisdom. In Isaiah all that is wise, wholesome and harmonious is prophesied as the coming Messiah.
‘For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace’ Isa 9.6 NIV.
EMANATES FROM PERSONS
So truth is personal. Truth is our being one with God. Truth is love as in a noun and truth is a verb as in loving. This is why in the new testament truth is Christ our life and never a formulation of the knowledge of good and evil. But more than this, truth is our Father and truth is us as sons and daughters in communion with Father. Truth starts in the personal – in the communion of the trinity. It manifests in those who believe that we have been received into Christ’s life – into His fellowship with Father and Holy Spirit and the communion of the saints.
YOU ARE ALIVE OR DEAD
A culture of the letter is always sourced in some version of the law. It never rises above a belief system and reduces the things of the Spirit to the letter with formulations and keys. When the law is the vine the branches cannot live or deliver the fruits of spirit and life. Letter people live from structures and compartments. Spirit people live from life.
Truth defined as ‘right knowledge’ is not the truth that will be ours when we are one with God. Alternate gospels are supported by so called ‘right knowledge’ which is a version of Gnosticism.* Our truth is the person of Jesus manifesting as us.
The letter kills more than life. It kills truth and a passion for truth. A religion of the letter will leave us content and rationalising our truth as God’s truth and that we in our rights to make up our own truth and invent our own gospel of the kind Paul called, ‘Another Gospel.’ One might be filled with zeal in this kind of religion but not with genuine love. Sure we can present with a false grace and a nonchalant acceptance of misguided teaching. But genuine love for Jesus and the welfare of His people will not content itself with the kind of ‘truth’ that leaves people less than they are.
TRUTH IS NOT THE LETTER
Which means fundamentalism contains little truth or life.
Truth is more than compliance. And more than assertions and positions. Truth delivers union with God. Truth is union with God. This is truth: ‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NIV. Richard Rohr writes,
“The fact that some form of loving must precede true knowing helps us appreciate why the prophets used the intimate word for carnal knowledge or sexual intimacy when they spoke of “knowing” God (see, for example, Hosea 2:21, 6:6, and John 10:14–15, 14:20, 17:3). This is a tremendous insight, but one that comes only from inner realization and not from books.” (1)
To ‘know’ as in sexual knowing in a good marriage is union and communion. It is why casual sex is superficial and why a spirituality of the letter is not actually spiritual. But it is why having two masters or more than one husband other than Christ is adultery. The benefit of marriage to Christ is that we produce sons and daughters for God rather than just converts and adherents of the faith.
* Gnosticism: Access to the divine by special knowledge.
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See (p. 51). The Crossroad Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.
End of Religion. Start of Kingdom of God.