LIFE AND RELATIONSHIP IS ONENESS WITH GOD
Before the fall humans lived in God. Their goodness came from their communion with God. Not only in His presence but more importantly in relationship with God. We were made to live in God. The cross and the Spirit have achieved our re-unification. The at-one-ment means that we are in God, together with Him and each other. We are in the fellowship of the trinity.
‘The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. “Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world’ John 17.22-24 NIV.
Jesus lives to draw all persons and things into fellowship He has with God. This union has been accomplished in principle. We are one with God. All that remains is for us to live in this reality of belonging and encourage others – mainly the religious - to enter the belonging to which that is already theirs. This ‘belonging’ will see its completion in the new earth.
The story of Mary and Martha illustrates that we can have more or less of Jesus. There are ways in which we can drink rivers of living water instead of getting the occasional splash. Some of them are entering the new covenant with Jesus where He and we are one and His life is our life.
Another is embracing the incarnated life by living in the reality of the trinity in us and us in the trinity. Another is living a spirit filled life. This is a function of the incarnation. Genuine and long-lasting Spirit-filled living must be rooted in the incarnation and new covenant reality for it to be sustained and for it not to disintegrate into flakiness.
Another way to enjoy God more, is to realise that the Kingdom is not primarily morality and its issues. The Kingdom is Jesus. Christ is our life personally and the transformer of a fragmented and degraded society. The most pressing necessity is to live in God through Jesus and not in some diluted Christian version of the knowledge of good and evil. Jesus is the good news for the rebel and reprobate. Not condemnation.
Many Believers need to know that charismata separated from a rootedness in new covenant union with God is not the Kingdom of God. It’s a tizzy dilution. All healing is never a thing in itself. It is the sign of our healed relationship with God.
We all belong. God has drawn us into His Family circle. But we must embrace this belongingness.
Prior to the fall Satan suggested an alternative narrative. He still does. This narrative is always a variation of that you do not belong until you have jumped through various hoops. The effect is that thousands of Believers have been schooled in the assumption of SEPARATION when they in fact possess union with God. This is what keeps the Christian Industry in business – a professional class whose product is the claim to be the way to what people already have: Union with God.
Believers can cling to the notion of belonging while not participating in its essence. They can claim Paul’s words about all of us belonging to the one loaf without belonging to the loaf in their hearts and minds. Some because they have been brainwashed into separationism. Others because they have their own gospel and their own christ. Their reciting of the ‘one loaf’ claim is more about legitimatizing to the them selves their sectarian ‘other gospel’ than it is a statement of reality.
Actually, we all belong to the one loaf. Whether we are eating it or not is another matter. The mindset that is ours is the reality we have adopted. We do not have the mind of Christ if we are still in the law, the old covenant and the realm of the knowledge of good and evil. It pays to have the same Christ that Father does and the same gospel that Jesus has. You are in God and God is in you. This is new testament reality.
We possess what God offers when we respond to it. Bluntly, you have it if you believe it. Jesus informed us what to respond to when He said, ‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NIV. Realising and embracing this reality is the response that indicates that we agree that we are one with Jesus and part of the loaf in spirit and in truth. This is your genuine oneness: You and Father are now one and you are in fellowship with the trinity. You are in God.
“And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ--everything in heaven and on earth” Eph 1.10 NLT. The cross has already done this in principle. With Christ as our life we advance this in fact.
Dualistic thinking is the effect of the age of the knowledge of good and evil. It defines things as opposites. It results from separation from God, separation from self and separation from the over-arching being that is God. It occurs when we experience our lives in separation from the logos. This stimulates us to set up our own endless compartments and competing realities. The effect is an obsession with ethnic and religious identity, a penchant for racism and the dividing of time and space into sacred and secular. In the beginning God declared all things good. By the blood of the cross and His resurrected life He has declared a new creation that is the alpha and omega of life.
GOOD AND EVIL
Richard Rohr writes, “Dualistic thinking that results, is the foundation of almost all discontent and violence in the world. It allows heads of religion and state to avoid their own founders, their own national ideals, and their own better instincts. Lacking the contemplative gaze, such leaders will remain mere functionaries and technicians, without any big picture to guide them for the long term. The world and the churches are filled with such people, often using God language as a cover for their own lack of certainty or depth.” (1) Dualistic thinking enables us to adopt the illusion of living in the law and old covenant with separated Adam, while claiming the oneness with Christ that belongs to all. Such a fantasy is the opposite to revelation. It seduces us out of our inherited life in Jesus who is not really our life because we are.
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See (p. 29). The Crossroad Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.