Near the beginning of The Shack John-Paul Young writes these foundational words. “We were made to live in God.”
The frame determines what we see, what we regard as important and what the scriptures are all about. The frame and the lens is Jesus who is the I AM OF GOD and the I am of us. The issue of the ages is identity: The identity of God and the identity of you. In Jesus we know who God is and who we are – accurately and without distortion.
A life in God is not a religion. It’s an incarnation.
‘God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation’ 2 Cor 5.19 NIV.
The Jason Bourne series of movies is about an agent who is obsessed with finding out who he actually is, having had his identity erased in order to turn him into a weapon of the state. A consistent ploy of the Enemy has always been to erase true identity and substitute it with something less than the reality.
We have an identity as sons and daughters in Father that has always been ours; that was stolen from us for a time as a result of the fall and which has been restored to us in its entirety by Jesus in His work of reconciliation and restoration.
You have this identity back. A key ploy of the Enemy is to hide this identity from us. Because our real identity is the agency we have to be and propagate the new creation and in doing so defeat every work and illusion of the Enemy. Don’t ever lose your identity by adhering to rehashes of the deceit. The deceit in which it is purported that we can be as gods in separation from God.
SAME OLD STUFF
Nevertheless, the plan of the Evil One remains the same. If he cannot eliminate our identity as sons he will attempt to fudge it, by locating it in something else – like a ministry or denomination. Or he will try to smother it and negate it by false doctrine and pseudo revelations. The erasing of identity by the Enemy is a most subtle form of witchcraft that is an extension of the anti-christ spirit and the obfuscations of religion.
It began in the Garden and continues to this day. Religion can be made out of false a narrative and a false identity
THIEF AND LIAR
You can have an identity in Christ but not possess it because it has been robbed from you by a lie. Lies may be small and seemingly insignificant yet suggest an entirely different narrative that undermines the gospel of the Kingdom from the inside. It matters not whether people are nice, sincere or well-meaning. If they have been hooked on an alternative narrative sourced in the evil one they are tares and not sons and daughters of God. Actually they are sons in principle but have been deceived out of their inheritance by doctrinal spin and religio-political manipulation.
‘Now you, brothers and sisters, like Isaac, are children of promise. At that time the son born according to the flesh persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now. 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.”Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman’ Gal 4.28-31 NIV.
MORE THAN SINCERITY
We can no more participate in our inheritance of the Free Woman because we are sincere or nice than we are going to end up in London if our aircraft is flying to Queenstown in New Zealand. Truth matters and false facts are just as vain and foolish swhere the Kingdom of God is concerned as when we are dealing with the kingdoms of this world. As adherents of ‘another gospel’ we can play blind man’s bluff and not be bluffing. Because we are sincerely blind inside the fishbowl of a different jesus, another gospel and a false identity.