CONFUSION AND DULLNESS
The deception of Satan that precipitated the fall stemmed from the lie. Firstly that Adam and Eve were not one with God as sons, secondly that Father was deceptive in robbing Adam and Eve of themselves and thirdly that they would improve their state of being by disregarding God’s instruction and taking it upon themselves to work-up Godliness.
This is what people do when they remain in the law and eschew oneness with God in the incarnation.
THE OLD, OLD STORY
This is the same deception that is perpetrated on law-keepers today. Religion is a subtle form of law and an expression of the knowledge of good and evil. The Son of God was not incarnated as a man and then incarnated in you so you could play nicely doing religion, moralising or law-keeping. Christ is incarnated in you to be you.
The truth is that you are a son/daughter and as such part of God. There is no separation between you and God (except in our minds when we believe a lie) You have a similar oneness with God as a result of the atonement and incarnation that Jesus has with the other members of the trinity.
THE DOOR AND LIVING WAY
Union with God does not come by way of the law. Condemnation and separation does. You have union with God in Jesus Christ. Don’t pollute the Gospel of the Kingdom and the Apostles teaching with the foreign virus of the law.
“The communion-constituting activity of the divine ousia [God’s substance] and its source in the mutual dwelling of the Father and the Son in one another, together with the oneness between the ‘I am’ of Yahweh and the ‘I am’ of the Lord Jesus, tell us that the Being of God is not undifferentiated in his oneness, but comprises a Triunity of relations internal to the Godhead.
“As Athanasius discerned, this was already evident in the Nicene concept of the homoousion [Jesus is one substance with God] which implied a distinction as well as a oneness in being between the Son and the Father, and, as he and Gregory Nazianzen also showed, between the Holy Spirit and the Father and the Son as well.
“The homoousion, with its rejection of any notion of undifferentiated or of partitive relations between the three divine Persons.. carried with it the conception of eternal distinctions and internal relations in the Godhead wholly and mutually interpenetrating one another in the one identical Being of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” (1)
NOT AN ABSTRACTION
What does this mean? It means the oneness that is God as the trinity, draws you into this oneness as a way of life. You now possess the same kind of oneness with God that is the oneness that is the trinity.
Compared to this oneness, a law-based gospel is a lie and a farce. It’s just a cunning perpetuation of the fall. I am sorry for young ministers who take on this bent gospel as if it is Christ’s Gospel. In doing so they multiply a form of christianity in which everyone is in a wheel chair. Many grow to retirement trying to make something good out this bent gospel. But they cannot because it’s not a tree of life. It’s a tare.
YOUR POST CROSS BEING AND THE GOSPEL OF THE BIBLE
It is this INTERPENETRATION of God with you and us that Jesus prays for in John 17 and which He urges us to embrace in John 14.20. You have a union with God that you cannot earn. It just is and it is yours.
Obedience is defined in living in it rather than being absorbed in the pieties of separation amelioration and knowledge of good and evil ‘behaviors.’
Believing God and obeying Jesus in the new testament has nothing to do with the law and everything to do with agreeing that Jesus is our grace and our union with God. This is the meaning of post cross obedience. It’s the undoing of the separation caused by the fall.
‘Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them’ John 14.24 NIV.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (pp. 124-125). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.