‘This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to God’s people’ Col 1.26 NIV.
Francois Du Toit writes of this Message, “The law of the Spirit is the liberating force of life in Christ. This leaves me with no further obligation to the law of sin and death. Spirit has superseded the sin enslaved senses as the principle law of our lives. (The law of the spirit is righteousness by faith vs the law of personal effort and self righteousness which produces condemnation and spiritual death which is the fruit of the DIY tree.)”
Because truth is life and any dilution of truth is some degree of death and spiritual disease, it is wise to do a fact check to see if we are enjoying the gospel of Jesus and the apostles or some other gospel that has arisen due to spiritual decay or from false revelation.
The Arian heresy maintained that Jesus was different to God, was not God and was a different substance. The assumption here was separation – that Jesus was separate in nature to the Father. This is the same assumption that is found today in the Arian legacy – the tincture of separatist thought that makes the achievement of our salvation both separate from God and separate from the nature of God. But this supposition effectively neutralises Christ as our life, leaving us back in the realm of self-effort.
THE STAIN OF ARIANISM
In this aberrant argument, efficacy is attributed to that which is not God (the law) while the securing of our salvation by us, blind sides the perichoresis of the trinity. This aberration appears to be valid by adopting the assumptions of the knowledge of good and evil – separation from God. In this mode your steps to Christ are the steps of self- effort – a contradiction to the truth that Christ is our life and the oneness that is our in the vicarious humanity of Christ.
The Nicaean Creed came into being to counter the Arian heresy that results the undoing of the cross and the atonement. Torrance writes, “The homoousion* (to refer to it in this abstract form) was thus identified as the all-important hinge in the centre of the Nicene Creed upon which the whole Confession of Faith, and indeed the whole Christian conception of God and of the salvation of mankind, turns.”
It affirms that Jesus is one substance with the Father and means that we are one substance with Jesus Christ as a man and as God. We are not deities. We are sons in spirit and truth. The consequence is that we have oneness with God in Jesus Christ. Human beings were created to belong and in Jesus Christ their belonging is guaranteed.
YOU INCLUDED IN GOD
“In the homoousion the Council of Nicaea, and later of Constantinople, unambiguously affirmed the Deity of Christ, thereby identifying him with the unique objective content of God’s saving self-revelation and self-communication to mankind, and affirming the oneness in Being and Act between Christ and the Father upon which the reality and validity of the Gospel of God’s revealing and saving acts in Christ depend.” (1)
The oneness in being and action to secure our salvation, informs us that the nature of God as the trinity in its oneness of perichoresis is the oneness that reaches out to make humanity one with God. This informs us that we are one with God in spirit and in truth and that a holy life consists in living in what we have been given and agreeing to be where we have been positioned in God. Not in living in imagined separation, trying to recommend ourselves through moralism and good works.
* Jesus Christ is one substance with God.
Torrance, Thomas F.. The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 93). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.