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Notions of sacred and secular belong to the religiosity and epistemology of the fall and the knowledge of good and evil. Oneness with God and the goodness of all things, as in ‘God saw the creation and it was good’ belong to the creative nature of God both in the first creation and the new creation. Togetherness is the essence of love.

The new creation itself is less new than it appears. It is not a disjunction as we might think, but was planned before the world began, so that the new creation that flows from the appearance of the Light and the Life ( John 1.1-40) is part of the whole and integral to the oneness that is God.

The supposition of a bifurcated reality is the product of the dualistic vision that is a key characteristic of religion that does not participate in the ‘In Him we live and move and have our being.’  Tree of knowledge religion is about dichotomies.

The creation is not dualistic, dichotomised or bifurcated. It is not divided into sacred and secular times or sacred and secular places – at least not since the atonement of the cross. In Christ, we are in God and God is in us. Jesus has drawn all things into Himself, which means our mandate it to participate in this drawing in. This means living in the incarnation – which is Christ in us and as us, so that we impart the life of the trinity to all of creation in the ordinary affairs of everyday life.

Legalism is the attribution of life-giving efficacy to behaviours and usages that have no life. It’s the chief manifestation of good and evil style religion.
Legalism and dualism is what we inevitably practice if we refrain from entering our inheritance of new covenant oneness with God. We live a split life of artificial separationism. We create sacredness where there is none and fail to see life in that which is life itself. The man who keeps days holy is not as holy as the man who lives Christ his holy life.
Dualism – the fabric of religion and the factory of legalism is a spiritual disability similar to Arianism. Similar because it contrives to separate God from God and humanity from God, striving to make the two one, through religion. It needs to be seen as Satan’s ploy to perpetuate the fall.
The law was never a manifestation of God and the law is not descriptive of the character of God. God describes God and God is seen as God is in the person of Jesus Christ. Radcliffe writes, “
On account of Jesus’ and the Holy Spirit’s μοούσιον (oneness of substance) with the Father and Jesus’ μοούσιον  (oneness of substance) with humankind God is now knowable AS HE IS IN HIMSELF. This is, according to Torrance, because it is only THROUGH GOD THAT HUMANKIND CAN KNOW GOD. That is why, according to Torrance, Arianism and all other heresies, which are all rooted in some form of dualism, are so problematic.” (1)
In Christ you have a sacred you, a sacred work, a sacred week, a sacred work and a sacred life – when Christ is your life. In the law you have bits and pieces of un-you.
Arianism and legalism are fellow travellers and co-labourers in sapping spirit and life from Believers who are too passive to possess the fullness of their inheritance as God incarnated Believers.
(1) Radcliff, Jason Robert. Thomas F. Torrance and the Church Fathers: A Reformed, Evangelical, and Ecumenical Reconstruction of the Patristic Tradition . Pickwick Publications, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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