INTO SPIRIT AND LIFE AS YOUR LIFE
Baptism (socialisation) into a law mindset and culture distorts our view of God and of Godliness. It also warps the way we understand knowledge as it pertains to God and our salvation. The epistemology of the law is the fabric of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Inevitably it renders ‘being’ as ‘doing’ and expresses holiness as ‘must do’s’ and regulations. Paul was right to urge that the letter kills our humanity and suffocates our sonship. A ‘letter’ mindset portrays God as the Law-Monger in chief and the righteous person as a law-lackey and a slave. In Galatians Paul describes these inmates of the death tree as the sons of the slave woman because they are slaves of self-vindication.
IN RELATIONSHIP BUT NOT IN ONENESS
In the law we are beside God rather than part of His being and in separation from God instead of in oneness with God. The incarnation is the great treasure of the post cross life. The promotion of the law beyond the cross should be seen for what it is: nonsense, a separating power and a great darkness.
There’s a reason why we cannot see the Kingdom of God or make sense of it unless we are born again. We are still part of the wooden tree of death and have not followed Jesus into the Spirit and life of His union with God. We have captured ourselves in an old Adamic wineskin that suffocates life and spiritual insight leaving us doing religion with but droplets of life. But you are capable of rivers of living water.
ONE WITH US/ONE WITH HIM
We are not spectators of the crucifixion event. Jesus Christ’s crucifixion was also our crucifixion. His death is also our death. When Jesus died, He died for us, yes, but also as us. In union with the human race Jesus Christ has altered our existence with His life, death, and resurrection. He [Jesus] was so one with us that when he died we died, for he did not die for himself but for us, and he did not die alone, but we died in him as those whom he had bound to himself inseparably by his incarnation. Stephen Morrison expresses the pitfalls of the law delusion and the ultra-life of our inclusion in His being very well.
“Therefore when he rose again we rose in him and with him, and when he presented himself before the face of the Father, he presented us also before God, so that we are already accepted of God in him once and for all. There is such a deep ontological connection between Jesus Christ and the human race that what happens to Him, has happened to us in Him.
This stunning truth has profound ramifications as we examine the whole saving work of Christ. We have already explored some of the aspects to the vicarious life of Jesus Christ. But we must now take it further in saying that the entire life of Jesus Christ was, and is, vicarious in nature including His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension.” (1)
REAL BECAUSE IT’S A STATE OF BEING
Our connection with God is union. Not definitional and positional and not a mere figment of the letter of the kind that allows us to claim membership in the body of Christ when our beliefs render such belonging notional and without real substance. Union with God of the kind that is the merging of our being with God’s being is found in incarnation – not in proof texts and rationalisations in support of ‘other gospels’ and non-gospels posing as life.
(1) Morrison, S. D.. We Belong: Trinitarian Good News (pp. 148-149). Beloved Publishing. Kindle Edition.