GROWING INTO YOUR GLORY AND HIS
Cunningly devised fables can make their way into common Christian belief. Indeed some beliefs that have morphed into communities of faith are based on depleted doctrines that have no regard to the teaching of the apostles or the faith forged by the Church Fathers and the Council of Nicaea.
God is relationship and being – never law and abstraction but always alive as only the God who is life can be. Thus when Jesus came among us as the light and the life and the Way, the truth and the Life, He came to us as the fullness of God. God is Himself as I AM. Never the construct of rationalism or materialism as ‘head religion’ would have it.
Thomas Torrance observes that “This free-flowing unconditioned outgoing movement of his Being means that God refuses to be shut off from us in his unapproachable Majesty, infinite otherness and incomprehensibility. He makes himself really accessible to us, and does so not only in communicating himself to us in the incarnation of his Son, but in imparting to us his Holy Spirit in such an utterly astonishing way as to actualise among us his self-giving to us as the Lord and at the same time to affect our receiving of him in his self-giving.” (1)
God is accessible to you. You are one with God in Jesus Christ.
God does not hide himself from us in separation as the lie of the fall would have it and God does not set up hurdles to jump through in order that we may belong to God and receive His nature. God is not defined by the law but by the being of the trinity. It is this oneness in diversity that He drawn us in to the personal communion that is God.
Whether they have been taught the doctrine or not many Christians have more faith in the notion of original sin than they do in the truth of our establishment as sons and daughters of God. We were not in fact born in sin. We were birthed from the womb of the trinity and have been established as sons and daughters of God by their enterprise. We were born of God and have been re-born in the Christ of God. In Christ we participate with Him in the oneness communion of the trinity.
Because Christ is our life we have new life in our bones, our flesh and our spirit. We are life-giving spirits – each of us can be the expression of Jesus Christ. How? By believing Christ.
We have a real self and a false self. Should we have developed our ‘self’ in ‘another gospel’ our real self, will elude us. Non-gospels and false christs insulate us from our Fatherhood in God so that the real self does not grow. The real self is who we are in union with Father. All Believers are notionally one with God. The gospel of Jesus, Paul and John – Christ our life ensure that we are sons of God – our real selves in spirit and in truth.
We become actual one with God by believing what Jesus believes – that He has drawn us into His fellowship with God.
HARD ON THE SELF
As Believers we can live in a warped distortion of our real self – a degraded version of a son of God. We can do this by undoing the new creation and accommodating ourselves to a continuing version of the fall – a variety of religion in which Adam is not dead, in which we have not been raised and the Prince of this world still debilitates our life. We are talking life in the old creation, old covenant and the culture of the law of sin and death. Religion that has been made out of a perverse gospel is dead even while it claims to be alive – a zombie culture, it makes a virtue of dead folks walking. It claims to be of the Body of Christ while living in the Body of Death.
NOT SHORT CHANGED
“Many theologians are quick to believe in the global impact of Adam’s fall, but fail to credit the cross with a far greater significance, out of all proportion to Adam’s sin. The same humanity that stood condemned in Adam now stands justified and forgiven in Christ!” Rom.5:18,19. (2)
God believes in you, whether you believe in him or not. Thus we can belong to the body of Christ notionally but can be outside it in spirit and in truth. We possess what we believe and what we are is our state of being – not some position we hold or a scripture we can quote. Either Christ is our life or we are not alive, because something else is our life such as the law, or religion or an identity that to us is more precious than our one Husband who is Christ.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 150). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.
(2)Du Toit, Francois. God Believes in You. Mirror Word Publishing. Kindle Edition.