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How can human beings be one with God? My onetime academic supervisor, not a Christian and not religious at all, intuitively understood that the desire of many hearts was to achieve union with God. I would suggest that the desire of every heart is to be one with God – unknown to itself and often disguised in all kinds of pursuits designed to achieve satisfaction and wholeness. It may be said, with some accuracy that sin is the attempt to find the satisfaction that comes from oneness with God, in independence from God. Jesus is The Way. He offers Himself as the Way to the Father and as Life itself.

Jesus names all kinds of ways other than Himself as thieves and robbers. If you have followed Timothy Keller’s observation on ‘New Perspectives on Paul’ you may have discerned that these perspectives, subtle as they are, fit the description of theft. We may not notice this if we have been raised in legalism in which case we have been robbed by our religion. Legalism warps even grace by reducing it to the ability to keep the law with Christ’s help. But this misses the point. Christ is for you, lives in you and is expressed as you.

Union with God is where we came from and union with God is that which has again become ours in Jesus Christ. We are made one with God by God. We have union with God because of the enterprise of the trinity. In Jesus Christ God has reached out to enfold us in Himself. It’s not about us making ourselves worthy of His life. Christ has drawn us into His life. Obedience is agreeing with Christ that He has.

It amazes me that so many people live in Christianity as a routine when Jesus is life itself. Whether we live it as a routine or as an ideology we rob ourselves of spirit and life. Life, aliveness spirit and life is personalised in Jesus Christ. If you saw Jesus go past you could say, ‘There goes Life’ and you would be right.

Wise sayings and clever memes on face book have no power to change lives and can only be lived at the most but fitfully. These come under the heading of ‘robbery’ when touted as a substitute for Christ our life. Political correctness is an obvious secular legalism. But Christian legalism is more subtle and more vitiating because it claims to be of God.

Jesus heals all that is un-life, which is to say dead and diseased. We are talking soul and spirit. He has talked to us while with us and His words are preserved in the New Testament. But His main healing power comes from the fact that He lives in us and imbues His person into our being. This puts wrongs to right and shapes us into the sons and daughters of God we were made to be. In Christ we are re-created in the image of God.

The gift of God is union with God. This is the gift that is already ours and well expressed as the Lord’s Table lived in the everyday. The most common and the puniest variation on the Gospel is that which presents as a contract –  a list of things we do so God will do what we hope, which is to include us in His communion. But there is no communion in the law. Only a sense of separation which is a lie and a delusion. Obedience is agreeing with Christ that He has included you in Himself. This inclusion is our being sons and daughters of God in the fellowship of the Holy Family.

Since the cross God is not separate from You. You have been made one with God. Your part is to participate in this oneness.

Christ is both our template and the means of conforming to the template that is Jesus. In this oneness with Christ, we come to know God as God is and know ourselves as we are, as sons of God. New birth and maturation in Christ is leaving behind our Adam and entering our Jesus.

Myk Habets makes some helpful remarks about this. He writes, “
We have a window into Torrance’s meaning behind the term ‘knowing’ and through it into his conception of theosis [sharing in the divine image].
To ‘know’ God is to transcend our creaturely boundaries and to be ‘lifted out of ourselves…into God’, to ‘apprehend him’, ‘love him’, and ‘enjoy him’ forever as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
It is, as advocates of theosis consistently state, to participate in the Triune communion. This is the supreme telos of theosis. In the person of Jesus Christ, we see true humanity partaking of true Divinity by nature in such a way that by union, communion, and theosis with Christ by the Spirit we too, by grace, can participate in the divine nature. This is worked out in a thoroughly Christological fashion. Union of the two natures in Christ is the key to understanding our union with Christ.”
A self-made, contractual grace is pathetic when compared to the reality of Christ our life in whose company and oneness we take on sonship and belonging in God. This is the living way in which we are fully human and fully alive.
There are no laws, rules and dichotomies of good and evil that are applicable to the post cross Believer. There is a life in God in which you and Father are one. There is no dualism in our post cross life. No separation. We are one with God and God is one with us. To carve a Sabbath out of this oneness is to try and make a Sabbath out of that which is already a Sabbath life – a mindless redundancy. The gross, dishevelled, garden in the Parable of the Sower is not about overcoming your sins and addictions. It’s how the Kingdom looks when we fail to enter our oneness with God through Christ come in our flesh - incarnation.
Note the last sentence in the Habets quote. This is the key to sonship and the cause of holiness. It’s the meaning of our life and the purpose of who we are in the world by our perichoretic union with God in Christ.
There is no separation in Christ Jesus since the cross. Not unless you are still living in the alienated mindset which is the separation of the law and the fragmentation of the knowledge of good and evil – which many are. You need not do anything. Other than believe that Christ is your life. Don’t scurry about to receive Christ or busy, busy yourself in keeping close to Jesus. Realise that you are already included in His life and live from there. This is your Sabbath rest and the reason you are a fruitful daughter/son.
*Has nothing to do with the law.
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