THE REAL YOU BEGINS WITH THE REAL CHRIST
While some of us have been socialised in the law and trained to believe that the law is a representation of God’s character – we need to know that such a contention is false; that the law does not represent God as God is and neither does it represent us as we are. Your ultimate state of being is not an abstraction and God is not to be reduced by an unholy reductionism to a law entity. The inevitable result of such reductionism in our lives is living from an ideology instead of a life.
Father is fully represented in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is fully God. You are who you are in Jesus Christ.
The law is for sinners of whom God is not such a one. Neither is the Believer a sinner by nature because she is now a daughter/son, having been drawn by Christ into the life of God which means life as Family with the trinity.
‘The law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners’ 1 Tim 1.9 KJV.
To live Christ your life is always to be, becoming more than you are. Incarnation is a state of being that is larger on the inside than the outside. Law-living is always less than promised.
There is nothing reductionist about the gospel of the Kingdom. Christ is life and this life is the life of men and women. God and the sons/daughters of God are bigger on the inside than the outside. The word of God is made manifest in the person of Jesus Christ. His words of life are made manifest in you. But it’s not just His principles in you. It’s Christ as you.
So, God is not mere words, propositions are abstractions. God is the I AM of Himself. Thomas Torrance saw it this way..“[Theology] seeks to know [its] object in accordance with its nature, and therefore, [theology] must critically undergo the elimination of any foreign ways of thinking that are not adequate to the nature of what they seek to know. Simply, we must listen to reality and learn from it; we must not project our own thoughts onto reality.” (1) Don’t project your legalism onto Christ.
REALITY IS CHRIST
Paul writes, ‘Reality is Christ’ and expands on this with the words, ‘The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy’ Col 1.15-18.
Reality is a person. Reality is Christ. Reality is the trinity and reality came forth from the trinity in the person of Jesus Christ. We too came forth from the womb of the trinity. It is only as we are joined to our origins that we are actually real. Sure, in things other than Christ we can be spectres of our true selves but only with Christ as our life do we grow into who we are by origin and by destiny.
The reality that is Christ undoes the false reality, the false facts and religious placebos sown into hearts and cultures by the Father of Lies.
(1) Morrison, Stephen D.. T. F. Torrance in Plain English (Plain English Series Book 2 (p. 14). Beloved Publishing, LLC. Kindle Edition.