GET MORE THAN YOU YOU'VE GOT
There are some folks who leave God and become atheists. This is always a puzzle to me and I wonder if they ever knew Jesus in the first place. We can believe in God and not have a meaningful relationship with Jesus because what we have been socialised into is a religion or ideology rather than a relationship that is personal and real.
Some communities of faith are a belief system rather than a state of being in which Believers live in a known and experienced union with Christ who is for them, in them and as them.
YOU CAN SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD.. IF
There’s a reason why we must have the attitude of a little child to enter the Kingdom of God. Belonging to a church is not necessarily belonging to the Kingdom of God. It can be belonging to the flotsam of a religion and floating down the river of conformity. The Kingdom of God is a realm of intimacy, spiritual discernment and authority that is the effect of Christ our life.
The heart is usually more in tune with who God is than the head. Little children can often be more in tune with God because they have not yet been insulated from Him by religion, institutionalism and false doctrine. Joe took offence when Mervin opined that there were people in the church group who did not know God. Mervin was right however. God cannot be known as who He is through the law or the lens of fundamentalism. He is perceived, but not as He is. This not to say that God is not known at all by such people. Just that who God is has been distorted to Someone quite different to the I AM of who God is. Some ‘christs’ are false christs because they are the product of distorted gospels and minds that are not Christ.
God is both hidden in darkness and revealed in Jesus Christ. Knowing God is an adventure that starts with Christ in us witnessing to Himself and to us. Jesus said, ‘Eternal life is knowing God.’ So we can know Him in the Way, the Truth and the Life. Since Jesus is our lens we need to be possessed by a true Christ rather than a false christ.
There’s more to a Godly life than being in the Body of Christ. We can belong to the Body but not be ministers of the Kingdom of God – because the gospel we represent is not His and the christ is not the Christ of God.
God is both three and one. God is relationship and person. The nature of God points to the nature of truth. Truth simply is. The human quest is to discover it. But it starts in the person of Christ as Paul attests in Colossians.
‘The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross’ Col 1.15-20 NIV.
God is not the Unmoved Mover. He is not static, not an object and not imprisoned by laws. Thus Moses’ laws are not the expression of His character but Jesus His Son is. As such it is Jesus who is the way to our Father and Jesus who is our entrance to fellowship in the trinity and the trinities fellowship in us.
The source and maintainer of all life is the trinitarian God. God is known through Jesus as are we. Christ is the light in which we know God, know ourselves and know life without illusion.
God is always God which means that there is a sense in which He ‘changes not.’ Yet being God and being three, God is in a constant state of becoming – as are we when we are living in Him, in wellness and openness to possibility. Like God, truth is expressed in mystery and paradox as well as fundamental facts.
Spiritual stagnation is a sign of not knowing and being in God.
If we are alive in God and have a living experience of Christ as our life, we will not be living in the binaries and dichotomies of the knowledge of good and evil. Neither will we moulder in theological stagnation. But we will live in the truth and apprehend it with insight. We will do so because we have eyes that see – meaning eyes that discern and eyes that join the dots to discover relationship and meaning.
Don’t imprison yourself in rational-legal view of God. Max Weber’s view describes a social structure formed in the knowledge of good and evil. This is not the Kingdom of God. This Kingdom is literally Christ our life.
Rationalists construe God and themselves in the letter while reaching for the Spirit. Such people can espouse an openness to ideas while remaining firmly encased in their own theological assumptions. If these assumptions are old covenant they are headed for torpor.
“What most people do—I think to reassure their egos and their need to be right—is to take a stand mightily on one side and make a god out of their ideology, religion, or partial truth. But this comes at such a cost! It’s such a defeat for intelligence, for wisdom, for depth, for truth.” (1)
The ‘mightiness’ of their stand should not be measured by the quietness with which they go about their project. But by the relentlessness with which they deny the truth and rationalise away each and every encounter they have with revelation. This is how ‘those who have’ get to have more and those who do not have, lose even what they have got.
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Divine Dance: The Trinity and your transformation (Kindle Locations 1686-1688). SPCK. Kindle Edition.