‘Like tying a stone in a sling is the giving of honour to a fool’ Prov 26.8 NIV. It’s good to know what things are true and what things are not. To know little yet live in the illusion of our own wisdom is folly indeed. To live in a bubble of ignorance manufacturing fictions to support our unsupportable notions - because we are tied to ideas that we think give us an identity - is a tragedy of conceit. Proverbs has a lot to say about the vanity of being wise in our own eyes. George often contradicted others – not because he was intelligent but because his ego was greater than his intelligence.
‘The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice’ Prov 12.15 NIV. Fools cannot be taught.
LOVERS OF LIFE
Fullness of life comes to those with a passion for truth and wisdom. It’s better to be formed by Christ rather than be a construct of the economy or religion.
We do not have to know everything, but we benefit from those who know more in certain areas than we do. Both truth and wisdom are Christ as we learn in Isaiah and John 1.1-4. This means that we can be wise and shine as the sun because in Christ we are poor enough in spirit to learn rather than enunciate old myths.
It’s significant that Godly folks are filled with the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, insight and integrity. They have sought out the truth in the person of Jesus. We need to be poor in spirit to see and know God and to possess the insight that benefits us in everyday life.
NOT KNOWING HOW TO KNOW
“Like probably nothing else, all authentic knowledge of God is participatory knowledge. I must say this directly and clearly because it is a very different WAY OF KNOWING REALITY—and it should be the unique, open-horizoned gift of people of faith.
But we ourselves have almost entirely lost this way of knowing, ever since the food fights of the Reformation and the rationalism of the Enlightenment, leading to fundamentalism on the Right and atheism or agnosticism on the Left. Neither of these know how to know!
We have sacrificed our unique telescope for a very inadequate microscope. Divine knowing—some would call it spiritual intuition—is actually an allowing of someone else to know in us, through us, for us, and even as us. It demands what I often call an “identity transplant.”” (1)
CHRIST YOUR KNOWING
Those who know God and Godliness have allowed God to know in them because Christ is their life. Thus we have ‘Christ in you.’ God knowing in us and us knowing in God is the essence the union with God that is the gift of life following the cross. We and God have had our being interwoven in the person of Jesus so that the adventure of our life can be the seeking out of what God knows and what He is delighting to seed into our spirit and soul.
BORN OUT OF THE LAW INTO GOD
We begin to understand God, the life of God and the life of us as is can be in extravagance and abundance when we are born again. New birth begins when we are re-born from Adam into Jesus. Not when we give up a bunch of sins and begin attempting to live out some righteousness’s and abstentions from badness. New birth is entering int0 the life of God, agreeing that we have been absorbed through Jesus into the fellowship of the trinity where as sons and daughters we absorb truths about God and ourselves and are tutored in them by each member of the trinity.
In God, which is our place in the new covenant we swim in a river of life that is also a river of WISDOM AND REVELATION. Tied to the law we do not make it this far. We remain with Brer Rabbit in the briar bushes of contradiction and the compartmentalised thickets of the knowledge of good and evil finding refuge in rabbit warrens that we burrow into to avoid the truth even as we pose as seekers of the truth and benefactors of the ignorant. What an irony.
RELATIONSHIP IS TRUTH
Truth is never found in the propositions of the law because life is not found in the law. It is found in relationship. Baxter Kruger writes, “The doctrine of the Trinity means that relationship, that fellowship, that togetherness and sharing, that self-giving and other-centeredness are not afterthoughts with God, but the deepest truth about the being of God. The Father is not consumed with Himself; He loves the Son and the Spirit. And the Son is not riddled with narcissism; he loves his Father and the Spirit. And the Spirit is not preoccupied with himself and his own glory; the Spirit loves the Father and the Son. Giving, not taking; other-centeredness, not self-centeredness; sharing, not hoarding are what fire the rockets of God and lie at the very center of God’s existence as Father, Son and Spirit.”
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Divine Dance: The Trinity and your transformation (Kindle Locations 758-765). SPCK. Kindle Edition. .