GREAT IS THE LIGHT OF YOUR INHERITANCE
It’s clear that Mr Trump and his followers do not know the difference between light and darkness. Sure they have rationalisations for their behavior and fictions in which they hide to support their beliefs. But they belong to those who call darkness light and light darkness.
In the online magazine Patheos.com, we find, a quote from a theological novel that highlights for us the difference between light and darkness – the difference between notionally belonging to the Body of Christ and belonging in oneness with Jesus in spirit and in truth.
A PARABLE OF MARRIAGE
In any marriage a couple belong to each other. They are one. In many marriages the couple are one flesh and one spirit. In other marriages the marriage is a shell. They live separate lives and do not really have a marriage in spirit and in truth. Sure, they are married and one according to the law. But according to the spirit they live in separation. What we are in the spirit is our real self. What we are in the law is the self of externality – the false self that is a shadow of the real. Our real self is who we are in relation to God. In the Spirit as distinct from the law, you and our Father are one.
From the novel Patmos.
“There is only one battle.”
“One?” I asked, curious.
His eyes flashed, and he looked straight at me. “Union or separation,” he said definitively. …
I knew to the core of my soul that we had arrived at the heart of everything. I could see it in his face and in the way he held his head. I was not sure what he meant by union or separation, but it was clear that to him this was the crosshairs of the cosmos. …
“The truth of all truths: Jesus. Jesus in his Father and us in him. Without Jesus, what do you have?”
“Not much, I reckon. Just ourselves.”
“Ourselves and ideas of separation from God,” St. John declared in his most authoritative apostolic tone. “Listen, young Aidan.”
And as I did, I felt that my world was about to be shattered. “The assumption of separation is the great darkness.” (Patmos, page. 91)
If we remain contained in the law we are living in separation whether we know it or not. To embrace Christ as our life is more than a piety. It is to participate in His relationship with Father and be interwoven into the trinity.
In the law we are forever caught in an impossible quest – the attempt to make ourselves acceptable to God. In the Spirit, which we are since the cross, we are always acceptable. That is if we care to live in our belonging in Christ. This is our inheritance in spirt and in truth if we believe. If we believe without sitting on the edge of life and dangling one foot in the old covenant cesspool of the law of sin and death, we are fully acceptable. We belong because we are in Christ and therefore in God in the fellowship of the trinity.
Where we are in this battle determines if we belong to the Kingdom of God or whether we are yet to enter it; whether we are born from separated Adam into Jesus and His relationship with Father or whether we are following a religion that maroons us in the Fall.
Everyone belongs. But whether we belong in spirit and in truth depends on believing the truth – in believing what God believes about Himself and about you. Video.
* There is no dualism in the Communion of God. Dualism, meaning separation as opposed to union is the result of the lie that you can be ‘as gods’ in separation from God. Your inheritance is oneness with God because Adam’s separation has been undone and you are joined by Jesus Christ to the Communion that is the trinity.