By the fall man was seduced into being a lesser self by the intimation that Father was less up-front than He was letting on. The lie imported into the relationship between Adam and God was a reflection of the sociopath that was making it. The comic/tragic feature of the Trump presidency is that Mr Trump habitually transfers his false reality onto others. Trump cannot help accuse truth-tellers of being purveyors of fake news when His entire life is a false reality that emanates from His false self.
TRUE STORY/TRUE FACTS
The true Gospel is that represented by Jesus Christ, the apostles, the church fathers and those for whom truth is more important than an addiction to their own ideas. If deceit is what motivates you, you will attribute it to others and you will construct your own reality out of your twisted narrative. Jesus illustrated the importance of truth and life by being the way the truth and the life. Significantly His Forerunner, John came as one who would prepare the way by assisting to straighten the crooked way.
ABERRATIONS AS THE NORM
The deviant way initiated by the fall became the attempt to be a person and a Godly one in independence of God. Sin may be considered as every attempt to be human and to be Godly in separation from God. Sin is not just what we do. It’s what comes forth from our state of being. Are we one with God or still living in separation when we actually have been given union with God in Christ Jesus?
A. W. Tozer highlights the folly of pursuing any form of religion that ignores the interweaving of ourselves with God by the atonement and incarnation. “From man's standpoint the most tragic loss suffered in the Fall was the vacating of this inner sanctum by the Spirit of God.
“At the far-in hidden center of man's being is a bush fitted to be the dwelling place of the Triune God. There God planned to rest and glow with moral and spiritual fire.
“Man by his sin forfeited this indescribably wonderful privilege and must now dwell there alone. For so intimately private is the place that no creature can intrude; no one can enter but Christ; and He will enter only by the invitation of faith. "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" (Rev. 3:20).”
WHAT TREE IS THAT?
These insights explain why law-based religion is so wooden and why legalism leaves us as a dead tree. Law based Believers are amazingly wooden and more woodpile than living trees – which is what we are in oneness with Christ. We are trees of life and bushes that are on fire because we are the manifestation of God with whom we are one in spirit and one with the person of the Son of Man who is the life-giving Spirit.
ONE WITH GOD
In the post cross era we not only have God alive in us. God is woven into our being so that our tripartite nature is alive with His life. There is no other way of being baptised with spirit and life. It does not come through the gifts or the anointing. It comes through the cross which makes us and God one. One not in juxtaposition but one as in being part of each other.
“Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity” John 17.21-23 NIV.