TO KNOW GOD AS GOD IS IS TO BECOME YOU
We need not be pious or religious to know God. If I would say anything to seekers after life you are not attracted to religion, I would say that you can have Him without the ‘clobber.’ Mature Believers do. It’s the immature Believers who are stuck on the clobber – because that’s all they have.
Jesus Christ is in and with all who believe. The Bible tells us that to belief in Christ opens the door for the three personed God to make their home in us. The Body of Christ are all who agree with Christ that He is there life. The body of death that Paul refers to is religion, especially legalistic religion.
Since God is love it is relationship that describes God. God is a Communion – three persons, one God. This Communion has enfolded us in Itself in the person of Jesus Christ. God in Christ came into the world. God in Christ has come in to you.
‘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. This is the day we are born from religion into oneness with God. This is not the kind of fellowship where we are standing in a group. In this communi0n we are woven in to God’s being and God into ours. The Church Fathers called it perichoresis in which we are part of another yet fully ourselves.
TRINITY IS IT
God does not live in reference to the law. There is no law which forms the context of His being. If there is a context to I AM it is the trinity. The trinity is God and describes God. The ontological reality of I AM is descriptive of our ‘being’ in God. The oneness God enjoys as Godself is the oneness that is now ours in our relationship with God. Living in this oneness we become whole and holy. This is the one way we can become ‘holy because God is holy’. It’s the Living Way that Paul calls Christ our life.
Oneness with God - which is what humans began with - is what has been guaranteed and certified as our present reality through the enterprise of the God. It’s our now reality. We have this inheritance due to Christ’s revelation of God in His ministry, our at-one-ment through the cross and our life in the spirit of sonship through the incarnation. The marvel of this new creation is that in this post cross oneness we are more woven into God in Christ that before the fall. T
GET A GRIP ON THIS
‘Realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20.
AN IDLE TALE
The law was irrelevant to the fall. There was no law. The reason for the fall was distrust of God arising from the insinuation that God was less than God appeared – followed by the lie that we were and needed some addition to our being. (Some additive to secure the Godliness we already had). That we were not enough.
Any insinuation that you are not enough in Christ your life that comes to the Believer originates in the father of lies.
BEING AND IDENTITY
The disobedience of Adam and Eve was not about law and laws. It was about being and identity. But in believing the lie they moved into separation and lost the true view of God and they lost themselves – but not entirely. There remained enough of God in their being for God to relate to them as sons who would eventually be drawn into the being of God as worshipers in spirit and in truth. We are worshipers in Christ. Particularly when He is our life.
LOVE NOT AN ABSTRACTION
God ‘being three’ is love. It is in this love, this fellowship with God, that we find our being. Paul writes, ‘For this reason I kneel before the Father, from WHOM EVERY FAMILY IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH DERIVES ITS NAME. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
‘And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.’ Ephesians 3.
Love is persons together in healing, belonging and joy.
Love is not an abstraction. Love is the persons of the trinity alive in the extravagant life and joy of their being THEMSELVES. This God, these persons are woven into your being. They become you: Incarnation.
This is why we are unable to be loving just because we should be. The way to love is as God to release Godself in us. This is why Christ is our life and the law is no one’s life.
For the Jews, the law was a school master to lead to Christ out of the knowledge of good and evil into oneness with God. This purpose was to lead people into the fellowship of God’s being. In Christ - our separation in Adam and Moses is undone - and our being is made one with God’s being. We are one with God, hidden in God in Christ, yet revealed as our true selves by the oneness secured by the enterprise of God.
Stephen Morrison writes of Torrance. “This conviction that the doctrine of the Trinity must be the ground and grammar of our theological knowledge follows directly from Torrance’s chief epistemological claim, kata physin. Theological knowledge of God must be knowledge in accordance with God’s very being, and therefore, it must be Trinitarian theology at its core, relying solely upon divine revelation and rejecting all foreign rationality incongruent with Jesus Christ.” (1)
‘Foreign rationality’ is always some version of the knowledge of good and evil. Or specious revelation sourced from those who unwittingly became the channels of ‘other gospels.’
‘Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it’ Matt 7.13,14.
When Christ is our life we will know that we are alive. When religion and our diluted sense of being is our life we will not know we are dead,
The wide way is religion. The straight and narrow way is oneness with Christ. Union with God is the inheritance of all. You already have it. You just have to agree that you do.
(1) Morrison, Stephen D.. T. F. Torrance in Plain English (Plain English Series Book 2) (p. 98). Beloved Publishing, LLC. Kindle Edition.