In the things of the spirit, we create the reality we live in out of our beliefs. Thus in suggesting a critical view of the Father and a ‘lacking’ view of the original pair, Satan planted a narrative that changed the reality in which Adam and Eve lived. These lies changed their view of God and of themselves. The oneness that was theirs was broken and humanity entered the realm of the law of sin and death – sin caused by separation from God and death as the result of separation from God.
The union lost was the union of being – a union similar to the union that the members of the trinity have with each other. When in the history of Israel, Jesus came among us, He came in union with God. His oneness with Father and authenticity of Himself as I AM, gave him ‘authority not as the scribes.’ His was an authority of word and being.
SPIRIT OF SONSHIP
Here was the authority of a human being, grounded in the being of God. Jesus’s ability to multiply spirit and life came from being – from oneness with God. Not from definitions and quotations, like those who sought to justify themselves and deny Him on the grounds of texts and quotes they had adduced from the scriptures.
HOLINESS AND WHOLENESS
‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20. This is the day you become alive in your spirit and His.
Believers can assure themselves that they belong to the Body of Christ in the letter but live separated from Him in their being. They do belong, but the substance of this ‘belonging’ is not realized. Which is why Paul exclaimed that one can be circumcised,* yet not a Jew with substance. Similarly we can notionally belong to the Body but not in spirit and truth.
By living in the law, from rules and words arranged to justify positions, we can assert belonging while living in separation. In separation because we have not followed Christ out of the law and Mosaic separation into the union that is ours in the new covenant. Legalism and ‘letterising’ enables us justify our fictions and sadly exclude ourselves from our inheritance – what Jesus meant by leaving your talents in the ground. We can side with the law because we are not willing to believe that God incarnated His life and righteousness as us. The result is that we are not wicked. Just dead folks walking because our spirits are not alive even though we have ‘gotten the Holy Spirit’.
Life is the state of being one with God. In this way we are living words, rather than semi-dead in the letter that kills. Stephen Morrison speaks to the dead tree of legalism when he writes,
“By mistakenly identifying “biblical statements of truth with the truth to which they refer,” fundamentalists focus more on the statements of truth rather than on the truth its statements point us towards. This ultimately results in turning the Bible into a protestant “paper pope” (Barth’s phrase). Biblical infallibility attempts to justify statements of truth apart from the truth to which its statements refer. Therefore, inerrancy attempts to make the statements of the Bible a self-contained foundation for truth, thus removing its statements from the foundation of Jesus Christ who is the truth. As such, it is a form of self-justification.” (1)
THE CORE LIE
Most of the lies emanating from the father of lies are aimed at separating Believers from their oneness in Christ. Self-justifying fictions can insulate us from the fullness of Christ creating crippled limbs in the Body. * or one can be a Sabbath-keeper but not enjoy a Sabbath Life. (1) Morrison, Stephen D.. T. F. Torrance in Plain English (Plain English Series Book 2) (p. 134). Beloved Publishing, LLC. Kindle Edition.