YOU WILL BE LIKE GOD - OR NOT
We become sons and daughters of God in the Son of God who is the Son of Man. We become so as a result of the life and accomplishments of Jesus Christ for us and now in us and as us. The incarnation of Jesus Christ in our being is complete, not compartmentalised or segmented. The whole of Christ in the Spirit is mediated to the whole of us so that Jesus is woven into and expressed as our being.
Christ’s life as our life is the law of the spirit of life which is the trinity in us.
CHRIST FOR US
Thomas Torrance observes that, “We are to think of the whole life and activity of Jesus from the cradle to the grave as constituting the vicarious human response to himself which God has freely and unconditionally provided for us. That is not an answer to God which he has given to us through some kind of transaction external to us or over our heads, as it were, but rather one which he has made to issue out of the depths of our human being and life as our own.” (1)
INCLUDED IN GOD
Jesus has united Himself to the depths of our humanity to His divinity and oneness with Father.
Jesus is our human response to Himself as the Christ and to God in Himself. As a human being Jesus has joined Himself with our being and by the Spirit He has imparted Himself to our person.
‘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. The day we realise this is the day our new birth begins.
Christ come in the flesh, to use John’s words, is the incarnation of the Christ into our being – which is the meaning of the Lord’s Table and the meaning of Jesus’ assertion than unless we eat His flesh and drink His blood we have no life in us. That is to say, no spirit and life and as a result no multiplication of the Kingdom of God flowing from our being.
POST TRUTH DELUSION
An author in The Melbourne Age, commenting on the appearance of the ‘post-truth world’ described how ‘post truth’ works in this season. ‘A story is set and “facts” are constructed to suit them.’ People invent theologies in the same manner. Thus people interpret the gospel through the law when truth ordains that we interpret it through the Jesus Lens.
DEAD END ROADS
Distracted Believers can set up religion and the law as the frame and then adapt the words and teachings of scripture to fit their frame. In this frame Christ becomes the King of Moralism rather than the Prince of Life. Some adopt a narrative originating in some deviant school of theology.
THE PEN OF POLLUTED INSPIRIRATION
Others embrace an extra-biblical account of origins and the achievement of rightness with God from supposedly prophetic sources. They interpret the Bible and the plan of salvation through this narrative rather than allowing the Bible and the Spirit of Christ to be their Instructor. The result is another christ and another gospel and the curse of un-life of which Paul warned the church. Some are adept at conforming the gospel to this alternative narrative. It results in careers, academic qualifications, misguided missions and whole denominations living from the frame of the law instead of the communion of oneness with God in fellowship with the trinity.
A fellow Believer once told me that the Lord was impressing him that the law, legalism and a law-culture was a kind of witchcraft. When we understand the narrative suggested by the serpent in the tree of knowledge we can see how this can be.
For example, Paul Molnar following Thomas Torrance observes, “We use the moral law, ‘seizing the ethical imperative of God, making it an independent authority which is identiﬁed with human higher nature’ and thus escape God by ‘deifying humanity – “you will be like God”’.
Human moral awareness in other words ‘tends to sever its connection with God’ becoming ‘autonomous or semi-autonomous’ SO THAT OUR RELATIONS WITH GOD CEASE TO BE DIRECT AND BECOME INDIRECT.”
We become insulated from direct union with Christ and wither in our self-made ‘godliness’.
LAW CENTERDNESS IS SIN
Molnar continues, “Sin always produces a ‘legal outlook’. Sinners fall back upon legal observance of the law to validate their actions. But in that way they ‘can yield obedience formally to the law [Like the Rich Young Ruler] without actually surrendering the citadel of the soul’ and thus exchange the ‘spirit for the deadness of the letter’, and ‘God for an ideal’.” (2)
Such legalism derives not only from a false narrative. It is a perpetuation of the original sin.
‘But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!’ Gal 1.8,9.
(1) Torrance Thomas, The Mediation of Christ. p.80
(2) Paul Molnar, Thomas Torrance and the Problem of Universalism, p 179.