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The mirror into which the Godly woman and the Godly man looks to take their leading is not the law. It’s Jesus Christ. The issue that most affects our holiness is not our conformity to rules. It’s our union with God. The archetype of being alive, together and whole is not adherence to the law. It’s oneness with the triune God. Being takes priority over doing. It makes us who and what we are. Sons are life-giving. Workers are slaves and unfruitful to Kingdom Life.

‘You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world’ 1 John 4.4 NIV.

The trinity and our inclusion in this Communion, is the issue of the ages. Not the law or the opposition of Satan. Take care to live out of Christ instead of from sin management.

Thomas Torrance observes that, “
The problem with our human personality is that it suffers from a deeply set schizoid condition which regularly, and indeed inevitably, gives rise to insincerity and hypocrisy in us. Through estrangement from the personalising source of our being, the image we present, and wish to present, to others has become detached from what we actually are, so that it becomes a deceptive mask.” (1) This is the dichotomised culture of the knowledge of good and evil, easily mistaken for the Gospel of the Kingdom based on our union with God in Christ.

A divided life may not be something we have wickedly and deceptively entered into. It is usually the result of misguided teaching and a salvation never properly understood.

But the dichotomised life can become politically correct bigotry and religious persecution from within the church. It can merge into wickedness when we try so hard to make a real self out of a false self that we habitually engage in the ‘gaslighting’ of others who are more free than ourselves.
We may find ourselves contained in a lesser self than we are because we have become insulated from Christ through poor teaching, bad doctrine and aberrant gospels that while not estranging us from the Body of Christ, certainly make us a diseased member of that Body. Why be a tumour when you can be an agent of Kingdom Life?
Dualism is an effect of the knowledge of good and evil, It is a deception. The Schizoid condition that Torrance cites is the pedestrian life lived in the bisected realm of the knowledge of good and evil posing as the gospel. We can live this life as Christians if we have been socialised into a Christian version of the knowledge of good and evil, as
Gregory Boyd observes.
Law based theologies are a denial of grace and perversion of the gospel and an affront to the Kingdom of God.
Holiness is oneness with God in Christ. The separation Adam began is nailed to the cross and the oneness of the triune God has become ours in Jesus Christ. Here is the source of the healed self and healed relationships with others.
‘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 NIV. This is the day we are born again and the start of our growth from glory to glory.
The incarnation is a holistic agency in which the externality of the law is replaced with the Christ woven into our being so that we become the expression of Christ. There is no dualism in Christ Jesus. His Kingdom arises from His Gospel which makes us one with God. One with God so that we are healed by His Presence and shaped into daughters and sons by His indwelling. The new and living way is that Christ becomes us: Theosis.
Transformation occurs because Christ really is our life. “
The incarnational union was also an atoning union, in and through which our lost and damned humanity is redeemed, healed and sanctified in Jesus Christ. That means that the broken state of human personal being, resulting from the alienation of humanity from God and the conflict between them that became embedded within its very existence, is brought within the redeeming, healing and sanctifying activity of God in Jesus Christ.” (2)
(1)    Thomas Torrance, The Mediation of Christ. P.68.
(2)    Ibid.
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