PEOPLE WHO SEE LIFE
We will not know God well if we ignore the creation. Even less well if we kill the earth with abandon.
God was incarnated in the earth before Jesus came. The Creation was the work of Christ’s hands. God revealed Himself to Holy men and women of God and to the patriarchs that fathered Israel. Yet God could not be known as a generality and many warped misrepresentations were made of Him. Even the God of the old testament was not all of who He is. Finally God came as Jesus of Nazareth. This was God saying, ‘I am Him.’ But it’s also God telling us who we are in the person of Jesus Christ. The progressive revelation of who God is comes to us by the Spirit from Jesus Christ. Along with this comes the progressive revelation of who we are in Christ and with the ability love ourselves rather than judging ourselves and others.
‘For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God's glory displayed in the face of Christ’ 2 Cor 4.6 NIV.
Identity is who God really is and who we actually are. I wonder how many of us are walking in our real identity. I was looking at the heroic figures in The Lord of the Rings once and the Lord impressed me that we are all like these heroes in the spirit – we are all noble and heroic in our real identity. There’s a reason why Christ is our life. It’s because only in Him are we really alive and really ourselves.
LIFE IS INFINITE
Life is more than forgiveness and ‘not sinning.’ It’s life itself which is actually not a ‘which’ but the person of Jesus Christ.
We are sons of God whether notionally or in spirit and in truth. In order to rise above theoretical/positional sonship, we must embrace, possess and cherish our new covenant union with Father – the union that has resulted from the undoing of the human race from the separation of Adam. This is the union described in the teaching of Jesus and the apostles. It is the union that is ours when we are not attached in any way to the law. It is the union that belongs to us when we are not insulated from God by an alternative narratives, myths, veils or ‘other gospels’.
Actually, we do have union when contained in the law and old covenant mindset. But it’s as if we are in a bottle and this inheritance is outside the bottle of our illusion. When the truth of oneness with God is believed union becomes you.
I have learned from good theologians that we are literally born of God – born out of the heart - womb of the trinity and their desire to share the joy of their life. Then born again in Jesus as a result of God’s resolve to realise and bring to fruition what they had planned in their joy before creation. What had they planned? Our everlasting fellowship with each member of the trinity.
‘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. Is this day yours yet? This realisation needs to be ours before we can make anything more than marginal growth as Kingdom daughters and sons.
The pure in heart and the poor in spirit will see God and see themselves. A single-minded addiction to Jesus and a humble heart will liberate us from confusion and from those falsities we add to ourselves that we imagine are who we are. Humility is a great advantage. It fosters open-mindedness and empowers us to see the false identities we have acquired and discard them because we have found our real self in Jesus.
We are all flawed people. Some recognise this because they have acquired humility in the school of life. Some do not because they are simply just ‘up themselves’ as someone like Jacqui Lambie might say. Or for the reason that despite their air of confidence, their sense of self is so fragile they must prop it up at all costs by protecting themselves on any and every occasion from the truth.
MAKE TRUTH YOUR FRIEND
But truth is always our friend and never our enemy. Any lie, no matter how subtle or embedded in accepted doctrine, blights our life and hobbles us in degrees of death. A false identity is a ‘false us’ that results in our making misguided steps. As Christopher Heuertz observes, we can find our way back.
“This is how we get ourselves lost. The challenge is to find our way home. My own consistent struggle is to recognize my addictive tendency to validate my worth (dignity) by curating an unrealistic and unattainable projection of who I think I need to be (identity). By pandering to thin or worn-out versions of my False Self, I’ve fallen into the trap that Franciscan priest and author Father Richard Rohr often warns about: “Every unrealistic expectation is a resentment waiting to happen.” And as I constantly fail to meet my own standards, the resentment keeps me trapped.” (1)
But this post is not about Eowyn, Frodo, or Jacqui Lambie, even if they are relevant. It’s about having two masters, two husbands and the attempt to have two identities – like one in Jesus and one in something like a denomination or a ministry. Often rationalised and relied on for self-validation, a false identity dilutes our real identity, spreads the spiritual disease of which Isaiah, Jesus and Paul complained and eventually renders us dormant and walking in circles around the elephant in the room which is always ‘another gospel’.
Our prime identity is a son/daughter of God. If by some ruse the Enemy can dilute this, he dilutes our effectiveness, increases spiritual dullness and eliminates spiritual discernment to make blind leaders of the blind who gather behind the glass wall of their own self-constructed identities. It’s called being deluded.
Henry Nouwen suggested that we lose our real identity in three commonly adopted lies. “I am what I have, I am what I do, and I am what other people say or think about me.”
None of these are who we are but they are often urged onto us by the father of lies. The truth of who we are is who we are as the unadorned self – the self, born from the trinity and redeemed by Jesus.
This is to say we are who we were created to be and who we have been redeemed to become. In an undiluted Jesus and an unpolluted gospel, we can be who we are and grow into the destiny that is the realisation of our real self as sons and daughters of God every day. ‘Now we are the sons of God’ we discern real meaning and become a genuine worshiper in spirit and in truth because the reality we live in is the reality that is Christ. We live move and have our being – our identity in God.
BY THE ONE SPIRIT
Oneness with God starts with knowing who God is. This is the start of oneness with self and the wholeness this generates. Healing from The One leads to the healing of all as the oneness of the triune God enfolds us and those we live with.
‘That all of them may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I am in You. May they also be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. I have given them the glory You gave Me, so that they may be one as We are one—I in them and You in Me—that they may be perfectly united, so that the world may know that You sent Me and have loved them just as You have loved Me’ John 17.21-22 NIV.
(1) Heuertz, Christopher L.. The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth (p. 18). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.