Jesus is the truth and the Living Way. His gospel and the teaching of the apostles is the One Gospel of Truth and Life.
There are worse conditions than not knowing God or rebelling against God. Such a condition would be, being yoked to a god who is not God and gospel that is a twisted gospel. This is because such belief undoes you.
A distorted gospel is to our person what a cancer is to our body.
God is revealed as God is in Jesus Christ. You are revealed as you are in Jesus Christ. You are joined to God in Jesus Christ. You grow in real time as a son/daughter of God when Christ is your life.
Jesus did not leave us a religion. His legacy is not a religion called Christianity. The inheritance He left us is Christ come in our flesh – the incarnation – Christ manifesting as us. Your treasure is union with God.
JESUS THE MIRROR
Francois Du Toit writes, “To discover yourself in the mirror reflection of your origin in Him is the key that unlocks the door to divine encounter. Tangible beyond touch our genesis and substance are unveiled. Our most intimate and urgent quest becomes satisfied when we discover our true origin and identity reflected in Him.”
There are other mirrors. Whether this be our achievements, our self-made self-worth, our religion of the law, any mirror that is not christ will present a distorted image of yourself and shrink your enjoyment of God and your pleasure in being you.
Eternal life is ultimate, unabridged, un-shrunken life. It’s infinite life that grows in us now as our spirit is ignited, our soul healed and our Body set up for eternity as we live out our daily incarnated life with the trinity with us and in us.
Myk Habets observes that “The life and death of Jesus Christ forms the locus of redemption. Jesus Christ is the response of God to humanity and of humanity to God, so in him we have salvation and in him we have union and communion with God. For Torrance, union with God is ‘in and through Jesus Christ in whom our human nature is not only saved, healed and renewed. It is lifted up to participate in the very light, life and love of the Holy Trinity”. (1)
DRINK THE WATER NOT THE BUCKET
Jesus Christ did not leave you a religion. Don’t short-change yourself. In Jesus you participate in the very life of the trinity. Jesus by the incarnation participates in your life. He is the healing of your inner person. The healing of your history and the growing of you into His own image. One with Christ you are who you are. This is the only real whole person approach.
(1) Habets Myk, Theosis in the Theology of Thomas Torrance. P. 113.