Many Believers struggle to understand that works of charity, private and public kindnesses are not in Godliness. Christ your life is Godliness.
‘Realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20.
Godliness is the state of being one with God that imbues our actions with spirit and life - Godliness.
The Kingdom that Jesus began is sourced in the trinitarian God. Godliness is God’s life as our life of the kind Paul describes in Romans Eight. Unless we are living in Christ’s Gospel and not some gospel of works we are living in separation from God – even if what we have is Christianity.
YOU INHERIT ONENESS
Our legacy is never separation. Out task is never the project of earning union with God through faithfulness to Jesus.
We have union with God.
‘Keeping close to Jesus’ is a redundancy because you are in Jesus. Faithfulness to Jesus is living in this inheritance instead of trying to work-up some self-worth of our own. You have union with God in Christ. You have been drawn into His fellowship with the Father by the accomplishments of God.
SPIRIT AND LIFE GIVERS
As life-givers – ministers of the new covenant - we are givers of this life when we live in this oneness. Not givers of life, when we do not. Thus Jesus explains, ‘The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirit and life’ John 6.63 NIV.
FLOW OF CREATIVE LIFE
Jesus ministry and words came from the Son of Man living in oneness with Father. “Torrance accepts and seeks to expound the formula derived from Basil that states that creation is from the Father, through the Son, in the Holy Spirit.” (1) We are talking the creative life that undoes the power of sin.
This denotes that life, creative and restorative life flows from the trinity into those who believe. It flows best when it is un-impeded by religion and is a free flowing of grace, spirit and life flowing from Father, through the Son and from the Spirit into you where it manifests as you and your ministry.
(1) Myk Habets, Theosis in the Theology of Thomas Torrance.