PEACE, REST AND SPIRIT AND LIFE IN GOD IN YOU
There are folks who seldom listen to others because they have already made up their mind. The did this when they got their ideas from their mothers at about the age of fourteen. If you find someone who is certain about everything you can be certain that they are wise about very little. One can find joy in the mystery of creation and be a person of insight without having to categorise, compartmentalise or reduce to numbers, everything that crosses our paths. There are commonalities and principles in the creation but they are never mere abstractions unconnected to ‘being’. Even matter is less determined than appears so that Paul’s quote of the Wise Ones of his day, ‘In Him we live, move and have our being’ is even more cogent than it first appears.
We have our being in His being.
By living in the letter instead of The Word, we can give a Bible Study consisting of a series of linked scriptures, with the result that we have presented a fabric of words. But we may have not multiplied spirit and life. This is the bane of the law hermeneutic.
IN THE SPIRIT
We are not in the Spirit if we are not in God. To be in God is to have agreed with Christ that we are included in the oneness Jesus has won for us.
NO SECOND BLESSING
The gifts and the anointing are not something separate to the incarnation. Neither do they add something to your already accomplished union with God. They are a function of it. They will not function properly if you do not live in the new covenant and will rapidly fade if seen as a legalism or a formula or something to jolly-up your old covenant separationist assumptions. The contradiction of living the law and claiming belonging in the Body of Christ is that the law innately separates us from God in Adam’s alienation.
This alerts us to the fact that the word of God in its fullest sense is not words on a page. The Living Word is the Christ of God. A law frame-work pushes us in the direction of presenting words as life. Incarnation allows us to present Christ our life on account of the fact that in Christ we have been woven into the trinity and are alive, and one with God who is the life-hub of the universe. One with Christ we are sharing ‘being’ and inclusion in God.
The Bible is alive when we are alive in Christ.
TRINITY IS ULTIMATE BEING
Life and truth proceed from being – not being from words. Thus in the prologue to the Book of John we find that in the beginning was the word and the word was God and was with God. All existence proceeds forth from God. This word was and is the Christ of God who comes among us as Jesus of Nazareth and is the Messiah.
‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it’ John 1.1-5 NIV.
‘Being’ is the trinity. The trinity is God and the Source of all that is. Jesus as God is the Emissary of the trinity and one of us. In Jesus we are one with God. One with Jesus we are one with the communion that is God and one with the creation. Trees and rocks are not gods. But the landscape is spiritual when we are living in the union of the One who draws all things into Himself.
‘That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me’ John 17.1-23 NIV.
ONE WITH BEING
Jesus has drawn us into His life. We are one with Him and the trinity. We can attempt to find life in the certainty of fundamentals, proof texts and positions – but we will not be alive or in the light. We live in spirit and light and are alive and alight when Christ is our life and we are one with the Reality that is our triune God.
Richard Rohr observes that “An incarnational worldview is the only way we can reconcile our inner worlds with the outer one, unity with diversity, physical with spiritual, individual with corporate, and divine with human.”
Baxster Kruger exults in the “Staggering reality of our inclusion in Jesus' relationship with his Father in the Spirit.”
Thomas Torrance writes, “God draws near to us in such a way as to draw us near to himself within the circle of his knowing of himself.” And again, “Worship is.. the gift of participating through the Spirit in the incarnate Son’s communion with the Father… He lifts us up out of ourselves to participate in the very life and communion of the Godhead, that life of communion for which we were created.”a