‘You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below’ Ex 20.4 NIV. God is both unknowable and profoundly knowable in Jesus Christ. To agree that Jesus is our life is to begin the adventure of knowing God. ‘Knowing God’ depends on knowing God as God is. We may not know God merely because we are a church-goer and we do not know Him until we have responded personally to God’s desire to be known, AS GOD IS. A START We do not know God simply because we have been born into a Christian home. We know God when we seek His Face for ourselves. We know Him well when we seek God with all of our heart. We stagger and fumble about in confusion when we accommodate ourselves to distorted views of God because we have a divided heart, and an extra agenda. In short we do not see God well when we are not pure in heart. FAVOUR ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God’ Matt 5.8 NIV. Pure heartedness is a function of oneness with Jesus. Some sects can find it hard - not only to believe that their beliefs are bent - but that they have been purposely taught a distorted gospel by those who could know better. Recent times have shown that people will believe what they want to believe irrespective of the evidence. COMATOSE DREAMS Similarly for some Christians it’s easier to be believe a delusion than to be convinced of the falseness of that delusion. They continue to believe and defend the delusion rather than embrace the living truth. Falsehood for some is a more comfortable bed and a more precious identity than the Gospel of Jesus and the apostles. The Command not to make our own versions of God in Exodus is an insistence on God’s authentic identity. It’s also the protection of ours – a bent view of God produces a crippled self. This is why our gospel must be the gospel of Jesus and the apostles and not some invention of our own. DECEPTIVE FABLES Self-invented gods, their strongholds and principalities and powers flow from self-invented gospels and their generation of false christ’s. Any gospel that is the product of a seminary or a claim to divine inspiration that is not the Gospel of Jesus, the apostles, the Church Fathers and the Reformers is not ‘this Gospel of the Kingdom.’ It’s no help to be part of the Body of Christ if our Christ is a lesser christ and our gospel ‘another gospel.’ DON MAKE IT UP ‘We do not know God unless we know that our knowing is due to God alone’, writes Torrance, ‘otherwise the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness comprehends it not’… Torrance follows Barth and Calvin in maintaining that the imago Dei can now only be found in Jesus Christ, not in the creature properly speaking. He writes, ‘…justification by grace alone declares in no uncertain terms that fallen man is utterly destitute of justitia originalis or imago dei. It must be imputed by free grace’. (1) God does not disagree with Himself, does not walk back His Gospel from grace to law. God does not call a life in Him life in the Spirit and then make it a life in self-effort and the flesh. God does not farm out His Kingdom to moneychangers in the temple and does not legitimise ‘Other Gospels’ that exists to stroke the egos of their proponents and the false identities that become the opiates of the people.
(1)Myk Habets, Theosis in the Theology of Thomas Torrance, p.32.