TAKE DELIGHT IN YOUR INHERITANCE
Our experience of God can be compacted in fundamentalism to the extent that we think He is expressed in the definitions and positions we have produced about Him. As a result can position ourselves in the Body of Christ when we are little more than in Him by definition – but not to any degree in being. Belonging to the Body is not the main thing. Ensuring that we are not a diseased organ is.
Our inheritance is ‘oneness’ with God. We do not necessarily possess this because we have found a scripture on it. We have it when we believe with Jesus in our new covenant gift of union with God and agree with Him. To agree with Christ is to have the mind of Christ.
REALITY IS CHRIST
No matter how tightly we grip a scripture we do not live in oneness with God if we are living in the law. Why? The letter kills and death is contrary to the infinite life that God is and who we are in His life.
Our fellowship with God can be diluted by paganism or deism. Paganism makes gods from objects. Deism makes Him a generality rather than a person who can be known and who knows us personally. We begin to know God and the adventure of growing into His life when we leave generalities and abstractions behind and open ourselves to a personal Jesus. Jesus Christ not only introduces us to the life of God but to a degree of life that is eternal and infinite. We can have a ‘life in God’ that is superficial and barely godly or a life that is the effect of a restful union with Him. Fullness of life in God is not religion. It is union with God.
SHRIVELLING OF SOULS
Law/religion suffocates the reality of a personal Christ and your living as a personable you. Because law is not what God is and a law-monger is not what you were created to be. God is a ‘who’ and so are you. Jesus never contained Himself in the law or subordinated Himself to it. He was contained and expressed in His Father and as a result did what His Father was doing because He was the expression of Him.
“According to Karl Barth [natural theology] claims that we might discover the knowledge of God someplace other than in Jesus Christ, whether it is in our self-consciousness, through logical deduction, or in the world God has made. For this reason, natural theology is sometimes known as a theology “from below.” What Barth proposes, in contrast, is a theology “from above.” (1) A knowledge of God found in the law is a theology from below that perpetuates the un-life of the fall.
The life of God is found neither in our ideas of God or in ideas and formulations that distort who God is and hence who we are. It is certainly not to be found in revisionist gospels. All lies that originate from the Father of lies have this common feature: They purport to make us more Godly and more enlightened by having more of us and less of God. This is the deceit of legalism.
Christ is in you which means that God is being revealed to you and in you.
Athanasius of Alexandra wrote, “The Self-revealing of the Word is in every dimension - above, in creation; below, in the Incarnation; in the depth, in Hades; in the breadth, throughout the world. All things have been filled with the knowledge of God.”
The complete revelation of God is the person of Jesus Christ in you.
God reveals Himself from Himself – from Christ who is fully God and from the Son of Man who is fully God and fully man. To agree to be received into Christ’s life is to be received into God. Here separation is no more. We are one with God’s being, yet ever becoming more fully ourselves. Flourishing with spirit and life as sons and daughters of God is to live our journey as ignited beings. This is the true meaning of holiness and glory.
(1) Morrison, Stephen D.. Karl Barth in Plain English (Plain English Series Book 1) (p. 14). Beloved Publishing. Kindle Edition.