BEYOND CAPERING ABOUT IN RELIGION
Our inheritance in the grace of God is astonishing in its depth and breadth. The extremely radical nature of Christ as our life is so huge that it is lost on many Believers or robbed from them by the liar and the thief as a means of denuding them of their peace and glory. Far better to have Believers capering about in self-effort than constantly emitting spirit and life. Not.
THE JESUS MIRROR
The obsession of many Believers is to strive for what they already have and ‘bust a gut’ to become who they already are: The sons of God. The fact is though - to see Jesus is to see you!
Many choose a practical, common sense and pedestrian state of being called ‘being a Christian.’ But we have a life that is Christ in the Spirit from first to last. This is a holistic, personal Jesus in us because He has come in our flesh. Let ‘flesh’ stand for our bodies or being. His is in us.
We can live a stilted and asymmetrical life in the law. A holistic life is lived in Christ our life.
It is because Christ has come to us in the Spirit that He has come to be in our flesh and to manifest His being in our personal lives. It is because the trinity has made their home in us in the Spirit and because we are seated with Christ in the heavenlies in the Spirit that we are not just notionally or piously sons of God. We are sons in God and of God in spirit and in truth.
Wholeness is not proof texts. It’s a state of being.
‘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 NIV.
To live from the law is to promote another gospel. It to ignore what God has done for us through Jesus Christ. It is to say that we will not have your new and living way. We will not have this man to rule over us. We prefer the old way of Adam over the provision God made for us in Christ our life. It is to say, ‘I know better than God.’
But more than this. It is to agree that the Enemy was correct in his intimation that Father cannot be trusted, with the smear that we are less than we were created to be and much less than we have been recreated to be. And so we will absorb ourselves in being like God on our own terms and in our own efforts. And reproduce death in the name of life.
TREE OF KNOWLEDGE AS RELIGION
Francois Du Toit writes “The tree of the knowledge of good and evil represents a fallen identity; the thought that likeness with God could be earned through good intentions, rather than realizing the gift of life that already defines his image and likeness in us.
[These are my] thoughts on, “Why the other tree and why the temptation in the Garden?”
I think the picture that we are presented with in the garden of Sabbath abundance, [Extreme peace and ultimate well-being] and of the two trees and the temptation, presents us inevitably with the full scope of our design! We are not robots who are to simply respond to our Maker in remote control fashion.
To give ultimate context to the setting of paradise beauty, we were presented with the opportunity to fellowship with our invisible Maker consciously and spontaneously and to explore the dynamics of our own being there and from that place of knowing that we are known, we would reflect what we discover in fellowship union and intimacy in Eloyim and in one another! We were designed to explore the limitless dimensions of our being as referenced in our Source.
The temptation was to follow the suggestion of an alternative idea that maybe we are not perfect by design, maybe, we thought, even Eloyim knew that we are not really what they had in mind and would therefore feel threatened by our knowledge of good and evil. Maybe that is the reason they didn’t want us to eat of the fruit of the “other” tree, we reasoned!
The alternative tree gives us the opportunity to engage an alternative system, whereby we must now prove to ourselves, and to one another, as well as to our own ideas of deity (religion) that we can manage and possibly master our own being and destiny, independent of our Source!
The quest to prove my “I am-ness” would now become my constant drive; instead of finding and celebrating myself in fellowship with my Maker and my fellow human beings and also in my harmonious co-existence with paradise nature. I must now strive for it in the fruit of my own efforts to become something I already am by design, perfect and esteemed.
And so we have exchanged Eloyim’s perfect approval of us, based on their perfect knowledge of us, for our imperfect knowledge of ourselves and of one another, proved by the inevitable evidence in our disappointment with ourselves and with one another.
The “I am not-tree-system” would continually be re-enforced by feelings of shame, guilt, inferiority and competing, which sadly brings with it every shade of hostility and frustration and the corruption that our history and societies have borne such horrid witness to.
The law expresses and confirms the existence of these systems and their dominance in societies and philosophies for many centuries.
The love of God, the Engineer of our being, demonstrated in the unveiling of our inclusion in the death, decent into hell, the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ, reveals that we are rescued from the lies that we have believed about ourselves, about our Maker and about one another! We are presented with a brand new beginning! The old things have passed away! Behold, everything has become new! 2 Corinthians 5:14-21.
See also 1 Peter 1:18,19 It is clear to see that you were ransomed from the futile, fallen mindset that you inherited from your fathers, not by the currency of your own labor, represented by the fluctuating values of gold and silver, and the economy of your religious efforts but you were redeemed with the priceless blood of Christ; he is the ultimate sacrifice; spotless and without blemish. He completes the prophetic picture! [In him God speaks the most radical scapegoat language of the law of judgment, and brings final closure to a dead and redundant system!
In Psalm 40:6,7, it is clearly stated that God does not require sacrifices or offerings! Jesus is the Lamb of God! He collides victoriously with the futile sacrificial system whereby offerings are constantly made to the pseudo, moody, monster gods of our imagination! This is the scandal of the cross! God does not demand a sacrifice that would change the way he thinks about mankind; he provides the sacrifice of himself in Christ in order to forever eradicate sin-consciousness from our minds and radically change the way we think about our Maker, one another and ourselves! [Sin-consciousness is in essence a works-based consciousness.]
Now immediately engage your thoughts with the reality of your co-seatedness in Christ in the highest dominion of life, and discover there the bliss of your redeemed innocence and your eternal oneness! (Colossians 3:1-4)
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