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‘For if Joshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that.  So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God.  For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.  Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience’ Heb 4.8-10 NIV. The rest cited here is our rest from attempted self-validation before God. Not only this. We are liberated from religion so that we may rest in the very person of Christ who is for us and becomes us when we have faith in Him and are done with the need to accrue religiosities and postures that might commend us to God.
God has commended us to God in His Son.
We need to know that we cannot add anything to Christ to make ourselves more acceptable to Him or to be more devout, holy or saintly. Christ is all of this for us and as us. Adding rites to Christ can insulate us from His direct Presence as well as be a form of idolatry.
Christ is in us for our spirit and life by incarnation. His anointing ignites us for ministry and special occasions.
‘Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant’ Heb 7.22 NIV.
The New and Living Way into the Holy of Holies is union with God in the person of Jesus Christ. It’s actual union with the trinity – the fall undone, separation from God over and your life with Father, Son and Holy Spirit assured as a daily reality.
‘By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place’ Heb 10.20 NIV.
Martha missed the import of what Mary had already realised. Life, transformation comes from Jesus who by the Spirit is with us and in us.
Sacraments can be helpful – but the most direct sacrament is His life as you lived out in your daily doings and lifetime. The Lord’s Table does not bring The Presence. It reminds us that we live each day in oneness with Jesus.
Human beings were created to fellowship with God and enjoy the life that God enjoyed as the trinity. Because Christ is the logos of the universe and the universe finds its meaning and purpose in God, we find out meaning and purpose in Christ in relationship with God. We are not just saved. Not just near God. We have been woven into God and God has been woven into us. In a sense your daughter/son is an expression of you. Our intimacy with Father is closer than this. By the Spirit we are part of each other yet fully ourselves. This is the mystery of Godliness.
All forms of Christianity whose basis is implied separation from God are a denial of our inheritance in Christ. We know God, experience God and know ourselves as we are meant to be in oneness with God. There is no spirit of sonship in the law. The spirit of sonship is ours in the Son of God who joins us to Father by The Spirit.
Godliness and holy humanity is not initially about doing but primarily about being. We are the branches of Christ’s Vine and His root is the trinity. It is the fissure between God’s being and our being that is the fall. It is our union with God and His life expressed as us that is the Resurrection of humanity and ourselves in its universal sense. We distribute spirit and life as the fruit of Christ’s vine.
When we drink from the cup and eat the bread the food and wine become us – literally. When we live in the incarnation – Christ come in our flesh - Christ becomes us and each of us are a representation of Christ and of the triune God. We are not deities. But we are sons and daughters of God and members of the Body in actuality rather than notionally.
A law imbued gospel is a peasants gospel – a miserly, minimalist parody of what all can be: A manifestation of Christ. This is Christ come in our flesh.
The purpose of you and I is to live in sonship. Sonship in spirit and in truth arises from the at-one-ment of God and man made actual by the cross and the Spirit. It is as a result of this oneness with God in spirit and in truth that we multiply God’s nature as humanity and fulfil God’s purpose in the world: to bring heaven to earth. Christ our life is the engine of the new creation.
Our life is not only about us. We would do better to look for a church that meets Christ’s needs than one that meets our needs. Self-satisfaction is ours as sons of God doing the work Christ set for us to do. Not enlisting Him as a lacky to our agenda. You find genuine satisfaction as daughters and sons as we live in the Spirit of Sonship as an extension of our Father.
“Because humanity exists on the boundary of two worlds humanity alone is ‘the one constituent of the universe through whom the creation discloses its astonishing order and harmony and comes to expression in such a way as to prize and glorify God the Father Almighty, Creator of all things visible and invisible”. In God we are the agents of the new creation.
Jesus engaged in healing and signs. They were advertisements that He would heal our relationship with ourselves and with God. A person with a healed leg who still lives in the old covenant is not healed. A persons with a healed ear who strives to earn acceptance with Christ when acceptance is heir’s already is not healed in her being. A gospel of anointing, healings and gimmicks is not the Kingdom Jesus began. He initiated the Kingdom of oneness with God by the spirit of adoption. Spiritual gifts are a function of the greater healing which is incarnation.
Myk Habets observes that “
Torrance develops his doctrine of humanity through the interconnection between the knowledge of God and the knowledge of self (Calvin),which constitutes the very life of humanity. Human persons are created to know God – that is their chief end (telos) and so one is not truly a person unless one knows God.”
This means that the God we know needs to be the God who is. God is not some apparition of the law. Neither is God a Father Christmas of the prosperity gospel. God is Jesus Christ and Jesus manifest in you to be the expression of His life. We can if we choose think that ‘Christ in us’ is not good enough and make some additional moves. But in doing so we repeat the fall, adding to our status that which we already are – sons and daughters in oneness with God.