ONENESS IS THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM
The old covenant was ‘obey and live.’ The new covenant is ‘You are alive in MY life and that’s who you express’.
In the new covenant Christ is our life and we live in the Spirit. Here Christ stands for you and has come in your flesh. Who we are in our physical being is who Christ has created us to be in His indwelling of us. Paul called this the law of the Spirit of Life. It has nothing in common with laws on stone, namely the Ten Commandments or any list of prescriptions and regulations. It is instead the manifestation of Father in you as a son.
ALPHA AND OMEGA OF SONSHIP
Our being and our individuality was always premised on our union with God. To be ourselves in our uniqueness is to be an expression of our Father in His uniqueness as Father. That which Jesus has made us in the new birth is what we were always meant to be. Who we are becoming each day is what had been planned from the beginning and guaranteed through the pre-destined incarnation. The trinity in us so that we and Father would be one.
The result is that in our daily living we are the expression of God.
‘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. The day we realise this is the day we are born from Adam to Christ.
Jesus comes not as a divine means of gracing us to keep the law. He comes according to the plan that realises us as daughters and sons. Jesus comes not only to be Christ in us but to so blend our sonship with divinity that humans and God are interwoven. Yet this oneness occurs in a way that God is God and each of us are truly ourselves. I hope it is clear that such union and the reality of sonship and our realised God-like qualities could never be realised through observances and externalities known as the law. Why? Sonship is realised through relationship.
Our misdirected efforts at being godly by means of ‘acts of substance’ - despite our new covenant union and inheritance is explained this way.
“When we built on Aristotle’s belief that substance is a higher and preferred category than relationship (to put it another way, that nouns are better than verbs), we inherited an absolutely non-Trinitarian notion of the human person that was autonomous, static, and without a metaphysical capacity for union with our own beings, much less the divine nature of God. In this metaphysically hamstrung version of reality, we were not created in “the image and likeness of God, after all!” (1)
The relationship that the trinity have with each other is the relationship that is ours with God since the cross.
‘For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility’ Eph 2.14 NIV.
Should we try to define ourselves as the Body of Christ by means of the law, the more we try the more we will annihilate what is already true – union with God - by reverting from union to separation. The ‘letter’ always kills because it kills relationship, leaving us separated and contained in the precepts of the knowledge of good and evil. So, what do we do? We simply agree with Christ. We agree that Jesus has drawn us into His life.
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Divine Dance: The Trinity and your transformation (Kindle Locations 1207-1211). SPCK. Kindle Edition.