The Lord spoke to Balaam through an ass because Balaam was as stubborn as an ass. “Balaam answered the donkey, "You have made a fool of me! If only I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now.” With the obstinate it’s always the messenger who is wrong and never the self whose eyes do not see and ears do not hear.
WHAT STATE OF BEING?
All of us are generically human beings. Yet we are capable of acting more like animals as seen in the designation of carnal communities as ‘the beast’. We are not who we are by designation. We are who we are in spirit and in truth.
The highest form of being is to be a son/daughter of God, alive in the spirit of sonship. This is the inheritance of all simply by agreeing with Christ that we have been drawn into His life.
The Bible names our worst lesser selves as ‘beasts’ and our best effort separated from Christ lesser selves as ‘of the flesh.’ Of the flesh because we are without His spirit and life. We are there but the light is not on. Yet the paradox of a truly alive person in The Body is one in whom Christ has come in their flesh. Thus the wise shall shine as the sun. The flesh is not innately spiritually gross. Jesus sanctified it and set it apart to be dwelling place of His Spirit. Christ come in our flesh is the difference between a real self and a pseud-self.
CHRIST YOUR LIFE
The significance of the son of God incarnated in the Body of Jesus of Nazareth is that you and I are the manifestation of the incarnation of Jesus as us. I’m using the words ‘as us’ to emphasise that the purpose of God in regard to life and holiness through Christ is to manifest His people as ‘sons.’ Not as collections of religious behaviours and pieties.
God is not just a presence in our being. He has woven Himself into our being. We have been incarnated with the trinity. The living way to live a living life is to live Christ our life rather than attempt the common form of ‘sin management.’
“In a Trinitarian framework, God reveals Himself to us in and through union with Jesus Christ. We can have no inner knowledge of God if He is not Trinitarian. In natural theology one can only speak of abstract concepts, rather than diving into the inner logic of God. We must see that if we are to know God, He must reveal Himself to us. Natural theology is a rejection of this grace. It is the attempt to reach God through human means, rather than through Jesus Christ. Therefore, if we want to know who God is, we must learn about Him on His terms, and within His own framework, that of Jesus Christ.” (1)
Jesus has this relationship with Father than is intrinsic to Father and son and intrinsic to the inter-relationships in the trinity.
This is it. “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.
KNOWING IS BEING
To ‘know’ one’s spouse in the Biblical sense is a metaphor of our ‘knowing of God’ in the spiritual sense. It’s an interwoveness of being that produces sons for God in the manner that the trinity birthed us as the sons/daughters of God.
This manner of knowing of each other is fundamental to the trinity and the model for our belonging in God. Thus we are not members of the Body because we say we are or because we have grabbed a proof text but because we are one in being, yet separate as sons. In this relationship we are participating in union with God and the knowing of God and ourselves that is our trinitarian life.
TRUE CHRIST, TRUE GOSPEL
Do we have to possess a theological understanding of the trinity to participate in the communion of God? No. But our faith must be in the Christ of God and not some ‘other Christ’ conjured up by our fear or constructed by the dark light of a false prophet. Our trust must be in His Gospel of the Kingdom and not some modification and revision. Our rejoicing must be in who we actually are as sons rather than in some half-way state of being as workers and slaves.
NOT GRACED TO BE FOOLS
Sure we are a work in progress but we enjoy the adventure of life more when we actually advance rather than live to pump-up our inherited notions and the ideas to which we have become addicted.
‘Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning, but a rod is for the back of one who has no sense’ Prov 10.13 NIV. Wisdom is seen in the choice of the people from whom we gain counsel. The proof of folly is the forest of rods that spring from the acts of the obstinate and self-important to beat them and those naïve enough to have listened to them.
‘Better the poor whose walk is blameless than a fool whose lips are perverse’ PROV 19.1 NIV.
(1) Morrison, S. D.. We Belong: Trinitarian Good News (pp. 33-34). Beloved Publishing. Kindle Edition.