A HARMONIOUS BELONGING OF JOY
Jesus came as the expression of our Father. Also as the expression of a son – not a mistrusting son as was Adam, but a believing Son as was Jesus of Nazareth. The Son of God was always with our Father. A son begotten not in time but in being, He and Father were one in heaven and later on earth. Before the creation of the earth, the trinity exulted in their joy and decided to share this life with beings like themselves – they birthed the sons and daughters of God: Bob and Jane and Mary and Steve.
That you came out of the ground is not quite correct. You came out of the womb of the triune God.
NOT TAKEN BY SURPRISE
Before there was an earth it was seen that there would be a fall. Immature Adam and Eve would be inveigled into a deceit – a deception that posited Father as less than He was and ourselves as less than we are. This lie remains to this day when ever Believer live in imagined separation and make religion out of undoing separation that has not existed since the cross. The truth as John boldly asserts is that you are one with God because Christ has come in your flesh.
‘Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me’ John 17.21 NIV. Could it be that the non-believing world does not see Christianity is credible because the church has chosen to live in Christianity instead of incarnation?
‘Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist’ 2 John 1.7 NIV. Christ becoming you and all of us is the reality that the Enemy does not want the Church to see.
SAME OLD LIE
Grace is not ours to cope with law. Grace is ours so that Christ is our life.
Look at it this way. Imagine a goldfish bowl on a table in the middle of the room. The room is real life. The room is God’s new covenant reality of oneness with Himself. But in the Enemy’s delusion, we swim round and round in the glass bowl and we think this fish tank is the real world. But it’s not the Kingdom. It’s another version of old Adam and his separated from God life. Since the cross we are not separated from God. ‘It is finished!’ means separation from God is finished.
‘You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you’ Luke 17.21 NIV. The Kingdom of Christ’s Presence is never somewhere else and never absent. It is in the non-Believer and the Believer – except that in the Believer the presence of Christ has agency and fills her with spirit and life.
We have full liberty to live as who we are in Christ. Christ our life means Christ as George, Mabel and Uncle Syd. Because Christ is in us we are being formed into the persons seen by God before the creation and the persons we are becoming on account of the new creation that is us in Jesus Christ.
We are not at liberty to devise our own gospel, to undo life in the Spirit and reverse ourselves into a pre-cross existence. We are in a good place when we agree with what God says about Himself and about us. Richard Rohr observes, “God takes the freedom and immense risk of allowing us to “eat of all the trees in the garden.” We are even allowed to “pick from the tree of life too, and eat and live for ever.” The only ones who “must not be allowed to eat” of this tree are precisely those who arrogantly think they are “like one of us in knowing good from evil.” This is the basic human hubris.’ (1) The basic human deception is the notion that our way is God’s way.
MAKE TREASURE YOURS
The treasure in the ground is Christ our life. The treasure in you is your agreement with Christ that you have been drawn into His life and you belong in His presence.
Paul preached the incarnation. When he used the words ‘Christ in you’ and ‘Christ your life’, he was declaring the mystery of godliness that is Christ come in our flesh.
GOSPELS OF DECEIT
‘But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God's curse!’ Gal 1.8 NIV.
The belief that any version of the gospel makes us part of the Body of Christ, is both conceited and a fruit of the tree of relativism and sophistry. All of us do belong in principle. But not all belong in spirit and in truth. The belonging of those in oneness of being has substance that definitional and positional notions do not possess. This is like the heir who lives in a palace with riches and power compared to the heir who lives in a dungeon in the poverty of mistaken ideas.
‘Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation of things’ 2 Peter 1.20 NIV. What applies to prophecy applies to the Gospel of the Kingdom. You can’t just make it up or promote your own perspective as if it has life.
ONE WITH GOD
All have been made one with God. But not all belong in their being because they live in Adam’s separated mindset. ‘Belonging’ is not ours unless we embrace it and receive it into our being by agreeing that we are received into God’s life – into the Holy Family of the trinity. And not because of anything we do, but because God has already done it.
UNION WITH GOD
Gnosticism says you are saved by what you know. The gospel of the Kingdom has us saved by what we are – the sons and daughters of God.
Our union with God as a race and as daughters and sons was guaranteed and pre-destined in the Son who would be the Christ of God. Through the incarnation planned before the dawn of our time Jesus the Son of God would draw all things together in Himself. Jesus describes Himself in this wise as the way, the truth and the life. John wrote, that ‘I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14,20 This would become the reality in which we would live. It’s the reality that when embraced makes us one with the trinity and one with each other.
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Divine Dance: The Trinity and your transformation (Kindle Locations 1764-1769). SPCK. Kindle Edition.