Reality is Christ. Jesus Christ comes in our flesh to be our life and to reveal who He is as Life. Jesus has a vested interest for our benefit to reveal the reality of Himself. He also lives so that you will be revealed as you and not the false self that purports to be us originating in the father of lies.
LIMITLESS LIFE ON OFFER
Jesus undoes false-life, half-life and death. He is the Light that eliminates the darkness and the Optician in whom all veils are removed.
Thomas Torrance writes, “God mediates his revelation to human beings in such a way that he accommodates his self-revealing to human knowing and adapts human knowing to receive and apprehend what he reveals in ways that are appropriate to it.” (1) This happens as a result of Christ’s direct mediated presence by the Spirit in us. ‘Only the Son knows the Father and only the Father knows the Son.’ When we choose to know God without impediments from received beliefs and loyalties we grow in knowing Him in Christ in the kind of knowing cited here. Imparted to ourselves is the knowing of God of Godself.
The inevitable result of a law based theology is a sin based emphasis. The effect of a ‘sin emphasis’ is to be obsessed with ourselves and the judgment of others. We develop a body of knowledge shaped by the epistemology of the knowledge of good and evil. It’s innately compartmentalised, contradictory and dualistic. The ultimate dualism is to posit a great controversy between Christ and Satan with it’s clear similarity to Zoroastrianism. Although it may appear religious and orthodox it still a construct of the knowledge of good and evil. Gregory Boyd recognises this in his book, ‘Repenting of Religion’ where he states that Christianity of the moralistic kind is a Christian version of the knowledge of good and evil.
SIMPLE AS HEAVEN
As has been argued here before, religion is not necessarily God. God is God and God lives in us, if we are not so dull as to resist this simplicity and efficacy. When we receive this incarnation we become sufficiently discerning to separate the letter from the Divine Word. He is the ‘word’ who cuts through soul and spirit. This is the difference between the letter and the living word who is Christ.
A WITHERED RIGHTEOUSNESS
As proponents of the law, we instinctively make ourselves the arbiters of righteousness because the application of ‘laws’ remains with us. In this vein, Stephen Morrison observes that, “When we ourselves are the standard of measurement placed before God—when we imagine that whatever we deem pure stands up to what God deems pure—we only deceive ourselves. God stands as this “great but” in stark contradiction against our attempt to know God apart from the grace of Jesus Christ, to approach God’s unapproachable light apart from God illuminating the darkness of our fallen mind.” (1) This is why we may see ourselves as commandment keepers yet remain fundamentally crippled people.
THE CHRIST OF GOD
God is known as God is in Jesus Christ. This is to say in Jesus who is the Christ of God and not a self-conjured up or denominationally created christ. To be received into Christ and agree that we are so received to live in Him, is to live in His revelation of Himself, of Father and of you – by which we mean that not only are we nurtured in sonship in Father’s presence but we are instructed and marinated in the reality of Christ – which is to say we come to know Christ as Christ is. Not the Christ we have made Him or had him made for us by false prophets and false gospels. Christ is the I AM of Himself and in Him you become the I am of you – which is to be a son/daughter of God.
(1) Thomas Torrance, The Mediation of Christ.
(1) Morrison, Stephen D.. Karl Barth in Plain English (Plain English Series Book 1) (p. 24). Beloved Publishing. Kindle Edition.