HEALER OF THE WORLD
THE TRINITY IS THE PERSONIFIED FABRIC OF LOVE
‘He is before all things, and in him all things hold together’
Col 1.17 NIV. The order of the universe is love. The triune God is love, joy and life. Thus, Christ among us and in us by His Spirit is the representative of this love and the Healer of this present chaos in social life.
Grace is not a method of coping with the law. Since the cross there has been no law. When Jesus cried, ‘It is finished!’ He was declaring by implication that the separation Adam began was finished, declaring that the age of the knowledge of good and evil was finished and declaring that the Mosaic law as a schoolmaster was finished. Christ had arrived, made at-one-ment and become the Light and life of each person.
JESUS IS THE LIVING LIFE OF THE WORLD
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1.1-5 NIV.
CHRIST IS LIGHT
The law will not reveal to you, your oneness with Christ, your freedom in Christ or who you are in Christ. Christ will reveal to you your oneness with God in Christ and it will be Christ who will reveal to you, your freedom to be yourself as a righteous person in Christ your life. Christ as the Representative of the Trinity is belonging in person. In Jesus you are included in the fellowship of the trinity.
CURE FOR CHAOS
Richard Rohr writes, “The divisions, dichotomies, and dualisms of the world can only be overcome by a unitive consciousness at every level: personal, relational, social, political, cultural, in interreligious dialogue, and spirituality in general.” Paul made the same observation when he said, ‘In Him we live, move and have our being.’
HEALS THE WORLD
In Ephesians 1.10 Paul speaks of the unifying oneness that is Christ in the words, ‘This is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.’ NLT. Jesus declares oneness, harmony and unity in Himself with the words, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life.’ The healing of persons and creation occurs as we allow Jesus Christ to draw us into Himself and the harmony and peace that is life in God.
The present status of the world is fragmentation and chaos. The healing of the world is Christ our life.
ORDER IS PARTICIPATION IN THE TRINITY
Is there order in the post cross Kingdom of God? Yes. But not the conflicted order of the knowledge of good and evil. The unity, love and life of the trinity is the order that is multiplied in the world when people live incarnated with Christ instead of the variations of Adam’s knowledge of good and evil. Gregory Boyd* correctly notes that, a christianity that is really another version of the knowledge of good and evil is the home of judgmentalism, criticism, hypocrisy and lack of genuine love. If our Christianity is about moralism and law, it falls into the category of separated Adam instead of oneness with Father Jesus.
‘When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’ Col 3.4 NIV. The glory of God is seen in you being the real you and the church being the expression of Christ. Any church that is the expression of the law is ‘this body of death’. That part of the church that lives Christ as its life by incarnation of the living Christ is The Body of Christ.
Michael Kepler writes, “Although I’ve now spent many years exposed to the gospel of unlimited grace and unconditional love, I still find myself in a constant place of needing to unlearn from years of traditional misinformation. I’m not blaming religion entirely; after all, I bought into much of what is taught. But until we have a complete paradigm shift from certain assumptions that have led us astray, we’ll be left with confusion and a sense of anxiety.” (1)
Feeble and distorted christianity comes from ignoring Christ our life, in favour of us our life, as may be seen in the common saying, ‘Keeping close to Jesus’ and in book titles like Steps to Christ. We are no more adept at keeping close to Jesus than the Jews throughout their history were skilled at keeping the law. “All that the Lord has said we will do.’ They said. Nonsense. As for steps to Christ, we are in Christ and in the fellowship of God because God in Christ has taken steps to us, so that we are included in the Holy Family and they actually live in us.
YOU ARE ENFOLDED IN GOD’S LIFE
‘I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand’ John 10.28 NIV.
‘Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them’” John 14.23 NIV.
What is His teaching? It’s that He is our Light and our Life and that all who believe in Him will be saved.
‘For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him’ John 3.17 NIV.
* Gregory Boyd, Repenting of Religion, 2004.
(1) Michael C Kapler, Clash of the Covenants. P 21,