Trained in a fundamentalist mode of concrete thinking we might find it difficult to understand that our relationship with God is a state of connection, a relationship of oneness instead of one of obligation and bargain making. Meaning what Paul in Galatians calls slavery. ‘But what does Scripture say? "Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman's son’ Gal 4.30 NIV. Paul is saying than none who take their life from the law can enter the spirit of sonship.
It’s not ‘obey and live’ in the post cross age. It’s you are alive in Me.
This relationship is achieved by the enterprise of God. In it we humans and God are part of each other. As stated before, the trinity is the model of our union with God – which should not surprise us as the trinity is the womb from which we have been birthed.
Thomas Torrance describes our belonging and oneness this way. “The Father is not properly Father apart from the Son and the Spirit, and the Son is not properly Son apart from the Father and the Spirit, and the Spirit is not properly Spirit apart from the Father and the Son, for by their individual characteristics or distinctive properties as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, they exist in and through one Another and belong to and ever live for each Other.” (1)
It follows that you are not properly you apart from God of whom you are a part as a daughter/son. This is why Jesus urges you to embrace the truth of your relationship with Him. It’s not a bunch of words. It’s a state f being. ‘Realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20.
(1) Morrison, Stephen D.. T. F. Torrance in Plain English (Plain English Series Book 2) (pp. 106-107). Beloved Publishing, LLC. Kindle Edition.