YOUR BEST VIEW
We can be very astute in our perceptions of right and wrong or we can be abject dullards with a minus quantity of spiritual discernment. What we actually have depends on what we choose to have. If our identity depends on identifying with some kind of mirage, we will be limited in our ability to perceive the truth for the simple reason that we ourselves are a distorted lens.
Lies about God, you, the church and the world originate with Satan. For this reason, we need to be cautious about following our own doctrinal perspective. We can belong to the Body of Christ yet be crippled by ‘another gospel.’ Over the centuries Satan had perfected many ways of stifling life. Particularly effective ‘stiflers’ are beliefs that promote death as if it were life. There’s a one letter difference between lie and life.
It’s very difficult to perceive reality as it is if we have adopted a lie at the heart of our being. Yet it can be done and has been accomplished. The lie has been undone because the light that enlightens every person has come into the world. On behalf of heaven Jesus has undone the original lie – that you can be godly in separation. Jesus has interwoven us with God. Not surprisingly the ploy of the Enemy is to absorb us in forms of Christianity in which we believe we are separated and in which our religious motions are designed to achieve union with God. But we already have it. As J Baxter Kruger correctly discerns, ‘the battle of the ages is between union and separation.’
ENTERING THE LIGHT
Paul speaks of this body of death. He’s referring to a mindset in which we retain ourselves in the religious culture of the fall. He could have just as well named it ‘this body of blindness’.
As we move from religion to the person of Jesus as our life we actually become His life and we become light. I mean His life becomes our life by the Spirit. We retain our unique identity but we take on the eyes of the Son of Man who sees things as they are, knows Father as He is and knows who we are meant to be.
And so in Him we gain eyes to see who we are; we are empowered to abandon false identities and their props and embark on the adventure of becoming sons and daughters of God. Sons not just notionally but in spirit and in truth. Christopher Heuertz’s wife writes of our dormant state of being in the law.
“We are asleep to our unconscious motivations, and these motivations mask our True Self. In essence we are hiding. And the wound in our soul remains unhealed, infecting every aspect of our lives. We are so asleep to our reality that we don’t know we are hiding behind the masks of our [F]alse [S]elf. In our slumber we are unable to distinguish between what is true and what is false. These masks become so familiar to us, they become a part of our very identity.” (1)
A life in a law-culture causes spiritual blindness and stifles spiritual discernment.
YOUR FOUNDATION AND ROOTENESS IN GOD is in the incarnation.
Holy Spirit and the gifts are never a replacement for incarnation and cannot survive outside it. The anointing is the effect of our being incarnated with the fullness of God and is the soil of the Spirit without limit. Eliminate this and the vine has no root. Neither is the vine the Christ of God.
The effect of hiding in a false reality (read false doctrine) are subtle. It creates much talking and dead men walking who plod along in other gospels contentedly walking in circles, searching for some holy spirit novelty to deliver them from stagnation. This is a stagnation that results from the fact that they are captives who have not been set free – captives who have made a religion out of their gaol.
‘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.
CHRIST OUR LIGHT
When Jesus rubbed mud on the blind man’s eyes He was in effect rubbing Himself into the eyes of humanity. This is why Jesus and not Christianity or our version of it makes people see. Truth is not found in religion. Nor is it found in re-inventions of the law with a Jesus gloss. Jesus has united human life, the life of God, the life of heaven and earth in Himself. This is the gospel of the Kingdom.
(1) Heuertz, Christopher L.. The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth (pp. 31-32). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.