JESUS SET CAPTIVES FREE BUT THEY RETURNED TO PRISON
If we have been acculturated in relativism we can convince ourselves that we have Christ’s Gospel when what we have is ‘no gospel at all.’
We have a rich inheritance in God that comes to is through Jesus Christ. We possesses and utilise more of this inheritance when we eat more of the various dishes that make up the banquet that is the Lord’s Table. This banquet is generous and sumptuous. Nevertheless we can make do with a parsimonious meal by envisaging His Table through veils of apprehension and deceit. But in Christ such veils are removed.
‘And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit’ 2 Cor 3.18 NIV. We can live in this image by choosing oneness with God or we can be robbed of this inheritance by decayed Christian teaching or cunningly devised fables.
In the law we live in a separation mindset that separates us from God even when we are joined - because we create our reality out of our beliefs. In this age we can see people who live in a lie when surrounded by truth. Truth is perceived by the pure in heart. They see God in Christ and Christ is seen in their faces.
Separated from God, we must find our own way to God. The Greeks attempted it through the head, legalists attempt it through the law and many Believers through themselves. But the fact established by God is that Christ is our life. We are joined to the trinity in His Person. Jesus is our vicarious humanity and His relationship with God is our relationship with God.
NOT ABOUT BEING NICE
We can love Jesus without experiencing much of the union with God that is ours in Him. Kind and good people do not always live with the benefit of an undistorted Jesus. We conjure up illusions about Christ from our own experience, as a result of lies of the Enemy seeded into our souls through bad doctrine and authorities that ought not to be listened to and from the general milieu of decayed Christianity.
We can insulate ourselves from oneness by substituting religious ‘other things.’ These are idols that do not unite, have no power to make us one with God and which are a relic of pre-cross thinking. We can be part of the Body of Christ while living substantially in the body of death - with the result that we are contained in an illusion as slaves and workers when we are in reality sons of God.
SLAVES AND SONS
‘But what does Scripture say? "Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman's son’ Gal 4.30 NIV. All Believers are sons and daughters of God but there are many individuals and entire faith communities who live as sons of the slave woman because they are tied to the law or some version of it.
CHRIST OUR LIFE
‘Jesus became what we are so that we can become what He is. He has united human life, the life of God and the life of heaven and earth in Himself.’ The directness and exquisite intimacy of this union makes law-mongering a monstrosity and form of abuse. In this caricature of persons we can never be ourselves because we remain separated from God and from us. The law belongs to the era of Adam’s separation and Moses’ compartmentalised sanctuary. It has no place in the post-cross era save as a schoolmaster to lead to oneness in Christ.
Most of us, probably all must make our way to union with God via law and religion. This is a framework in which we establish the self, the other and society. It’s a frame made from the materials of the knowledge of good and evil. If we are astute because we have a passion for life we will discern that the structure is not alive. When we discard it we advance from the school room into oneness with Christ where we live in His direct presence incarnated with His person. We have been born again and have entered the new creation with the Lord.
UN- YOU- YOU
The greatest wound of separation is that you are separated from you. Here we can live in the illusion that God is ‘using us’ as we are when in fact we are a very dim representation of who we could be as a son of God filled with Father’s spirit and life. We are all sons of God generically but sons in spirit and in truth when Christ is our life.
The carnal mind of Adam cannot cope with God becoming flesh, which is to say the Spirit of God expressed as you. It clings to self-made religious identities which suffocate the spirit of sonship and conjures up religious practices and icons that are used as a talisman and transaction to secure the illusion of righteousness and belonging. But these ploys cannot produce life and imprison us as sons of the slave woman.
NOT THE GREAT CONTROVERSY
The battle of the ages is not a great controversy between Christ and Satan. It’s more subtle than this. The battle is between the delusion of separation and the reality of your present union with God. If we have chosen a form of belief that separates us in our minds from God, the notion of being part of the Body of Christ must be seen as the vanity it is – a cloud without rain and a breeze on a humid day without air.
Notes derived from Baxster Kruger’s Patmos.