All sin is in some way an effect of separation from God. For this reason separation has been called the Great Darkness. The Enemy succeeded in prising Adam and Eve out of their union with God by lying to them about who they were and what they had as themselves. The Enemy insinuated distrust about the identity of Father and the identity of Adam and Eve. He offered the solution of taking things into their own hands; taking the initiative themselves to be like God. But they were not told that it would lead to separation: Separation from God, from themselves and from the creation with which they were born to be one with God, with themselves and the Creation.
ONUS ON YOU
Since the cross the Enemy’s ploy has been to obscure and distort our redemption – not always so blatantly as to infer that we are not saved. But to posit a salvation that remains largely dependent on us … with Jesus help. Our joy is dulled by insinuating that a life with Christ is ours by our efforts.
This is the plan to contain Believers in the old covenant, inveigle them in blindness as to the meaning of the new covenant, bury the true meaning of the cross under a pile of religious rubble as though the cross is an end in itself. Then engage many Believers in the pursuit of union with God – that is already theirs. The mystery of iniquity has effectively prolonged the assumptions of The Fall.
HE HAS EARNED YOUR PLACE
Religion has many facets. All of them devoted to earning oneness with God. One of the most pernicious of these is the contention that the law remains in place and that the new covenant is devoted to the success of the old. The law is an evidence of separation from God. It was given to Jews to lead them to the Christ. Jesus of Nazareth would come as the Messiah and the Christ of God. He would undo our Adamic separation and reveal the truth about God to the human race. He is still engaged in this revelation. Jesus is our union with God and our revelation about Himself and God. It is Jesus Himself who weaves us into the family of God and weaves the family of God into us.
This is why it has to be Christ and only Christ who is our life. Any addition or subtraction from Him, any Christ plus belief insulates us from this interwoveness to rob us of life. But it also robs us of genuine knowledge of Father, of Jesus, of Holy Spirit and of ourselves. There are communities of faith based substantially on the insulation of the Believer from their already owned union with God. C Baxter Kruger writes,
“The deepest problem of sin is that it makes us utterly incapable of knowing the Father. It afflicts us with such a dastardly wrong-headedness; we cannot know the Father’s heart. It makes us so blind; it is impossible for us to see the Father’s face. And without knowing the Father’s heart, we have no basis for real assurance or hope in our lives at all. If we cannot see His face, we have no possibility of living in the freedom of His abounding love.” (1)
‘I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!’ Gal 2.21 NIV.
FUTILITY OF RELIGION
Religion can lead to Christ but is not Christ and is not life. Not only that. In religion, we cannot see anything relevant to our life in God with any clarity. In religion a blurred and confused life is what we offer to the world in the name of God. In religion we will not know that we are not alive.
In religion, we are not competent as ministers of the new covenant. To think that the law is representative of God is an unfortunate perversion. It is not even representative of us. God is representative of God. Specifically, Jesus is the full expression of God and the complete expression of you. Jesus manifests our Father to us and represents us to our Father. The righteousness of God is Jesus and specifically this righteousness is Jesus come in your flesh.
REJECT THE LIE
Don’t ever accept the notion that Christ is mediated to you through the law or a programme of religion. Christ is mediated to you by Christ. By His Spirit Jesus is manifest as you. So useful Christian discipline involves seeking out and casting aside those things that we have been relying on as substitutes for Jesus manifesting in our flesh. It’s not hard. And much easier than many of the convoluted ploys adopted that are substitutes for Christ come in our flesh.
(1) Kruger, C. Baxter. Across All Worlds: Jesus Inside Our Darkness (Kindle Locations 389-392). Perichoresis, Inc. Kindle Edition.