THE MEANING OF PERSONS
One politician called another a shrunken and twisted soul recently. Sadly it was an accurate description. Yet we all are to some extent misshapen.
The health of our personhood depends on our living in the reality: The reality that is Christ. As Leanne Payne observed in Real Presence, Christians can live in all kinds of substitutes for the presence of God. ‘Real Presence’ is Christ in us. ‘False presence’ is anything that is not Christ posing as a christ (a false christ). She called this living in substitutes. It’s essentially living as a tare.
SONS/DAUGHTERS ARE THE ULTIMATE IN PERSONHOOD.
We are persons because we have been created by God. We are profoundly persons when we live in God. We are soulfully healthy persons when we live in the reality that we and Father are one. Our personhood enters infinite possibility when our being is interwoven with God. The spirit of sonship is Father manifesting as you.
Satan’s initial insinuation that ‘Father was not’ and that ‘we were not,’ led to us becoming less than we are. We became less, because we became separated and began to look for life in things and behaviours. But we are only fully alive in relationship with God. We are alive as persons and brimming with life when interwoven with God.
LETTER OR REALITY
We are not one with God because we have cited a scripture on it. We are one because we live ‘oneness.’
New covenant life goes beyond citing propositions. New covenant life means that Christ is our life - not laws, self-effort and religion. These things insulate us from interwoveness with God. They form a barrier that dulls what is already ours: Union with God.
The letter/law as substantial as it looks has no substance. Only the spirit has life.
THE REVLATION OF GOD BY GOD
God said to Moses. “ I am who I am.” In other words, don’t put me in a box. This should undermine any notion we may have absorbed that God is law or that the Ten Commandments is His character. God cannot be defined in terms less than He is and this certainly is less. Father revealed Himself in the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus portrays who Father is and who we are.
RIB CAGE OR PERSON?
Fundamentalism is a child of the law. It gives rise to mechanical thinking that denies the nature of God and the nature of human beings. But when the Spirit of Christ is alive in people, they awake from their mechanical mindset and enter the realm of BEING.
Life in the Spirit is the constant becoming that is the experience of the sons and daughters of God. Going from glory to glory is the creation and emergence of the real you according to you design as a son of God.
UNDONE FROM A MINDSET
When we are not living in the whole because we are encased in a mindset of separation, our being is shrivelled. Shrunken because we have little spirit-union with our Father. The letter kills. It is particularly toxic when the letter is the imagined ‘truth’ that is the core of our beliefs.