If we have been raised in distorted theologies, we will be impelled to adopt convoluted rationalisations to maintain them. Our life-work may have consisted of the promotion of our kingdom – which we imagine is the Kingdom of God. Advance into the spirit of sonship occurs as we bring such fictions to the cross and practice a higher regard for our identity in Jesus and His truth than we have in our inherited notions and self-constructed identities. As Jesus told Nicodemus, this new birth gives us eyes to see the Kingdom of God.
The Godless sense that they have a home somewhere and look for this in most of the wrong places. The religious often mistake religion for God. They too sense that we are meant to be included. But they talk of being ‘the one loaf’ even as they allow themselves to be contained in old covenant law-centered mindsets that contain them in separation from God, from themselves and from humanity.
In Jesus you and the trinity are one. The Lord’s Table means not only that we have eaten Jesus and that He has become bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh. It means that we are seated at the Table with the Holy Family and part of them. ‘Now we are the sons of God.’
Contained in the old covenant we are likely to see the law as a mirror of God’s character when the real mirror is attending us in plain sight. Jesus is the Mirror, the perfect expression of our Father and the One representation of who you are and wh0 you are becoming. The sons of God live in the Son of God, which is what Paul means by Christ our life. Jesus is our life individually, socially and as the new creation realm that is coming into being.
Union with God in every man-centered system depends on performance. Oneness with God in His Kingdom depends on inclusion - the inclusion wrought by the cross. We are one with God because we are. Not because we have done anything – other than live in agreement with what is ours.
‘When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’ Col 3.4 NIV. Our glory is revealed as we live in the oneness that is ours in Jesus’ person.
Our oneness with God comes from being birthed from the trinity. Our renewed belonging in the trinity has occurred due to the divine conspiracy to establish our belonging through Christ. Trinitarian life, by which we mean ‘God’ life’ is inclusive. The trinity desired companionship and created us to share what they had in the joy of simply being. Richard Rohr writes,
MIRROR IS CHRIST
“This Three-Fullness does not like to eat alone. This invitation to share at the divine table is probably the first biblical hint of what we would eventually call “salvation.” Jesus comes forth from this Eternal [Trinitarian] Fullness, allowing us to see ourselves mirrored, as a part of this table fellowship—as a participant at this banquet and as a partner in God’s eternal dance of love and communion. The mirror seems to have been lost over the centuries, both in the icon and in our on-the-ground understanding of who God is and who we therefore are, created in God’s “image and likeness.” (1)
The Mirror is Jesus and in this mirror we see ourselves and who we are and are becoming. In Jesus we belong. In Jesus we and Father are one. We are one when we ‘Realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20. This is the gospel of the Kingdom and our oneness in spirit and in truth.
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Divine Dance: The Trinity and your transformation (Kindle Locations 447-452). SPCK. Kindle Edition.