THE SON OF GOD EXPRESED AS YOU
The cool thing about the incarnation that Paul called, ‘Christ our life’ is that He not only imparts His nature to make us more like Him, but Jesus does it in a way that makes us more like us.
BUT WHO ARE YOU?
The most subtle lie is that you can have a real identity in any mode that is not Christ our life. There is a real us who was known by Christ before the foundation of the world. There is a false self that is the us formed in the knowledge of good and evil. There is the real self who grows and matures as a persona when we agree with Christ that He has come in our flesh.
Jesus was one with Father. When we believe we are one with Jesus and as a result, one with God, we are living in God’s real world. God is never somewhere else when Christ is our life. He is in us and with us. We are never orphans in space or time.
“In the New Testament, Jesus spoke plainly about who he is, especially concerning his relationship with God. Many times Jesus calls God “Father.” For example, in the Gospel of John, chapters 14-17, Jesus calls God “Father” more than 40 times! Jesus’ relationship to God can be described in three general ways, each showing a close, personal relationship between Jesus and the one he called “Father.” The relationship between Jesus and God the Father can be described in terms of 1) shared “knowledge,” 2) shared “work” and 3) shared “nature.” (1)
SONS NOT ORPHANS
We have a similar relationship to God in Jesus. Similar but not identical because we are not Gods but we are sons of God. But this relationship is very similar.
1. We share knowledge with God in the form of insight and spiritual discernment. This is walking in the light par excellence. Here we are able to distinguish between religion and spirituality and that which is just habit from the Kingdom of God.
2. Our work with Christ is shared in that as ministers of the new covenant, we minister life from a position of oneness with Him, with Father and the Holy Spirit. This oneness is real and present and not something that is striven for and received by merit.
3. Our shared nature has been achieved by the atonement and is actualised in the incarnation. In Jesus and by the Spirit - called the spirit of sonship – the nature of God is woven into our being. Thus, we have the privilege of being more than religious ciphers. We are sons of God in spirit and truth.
SONS NOT WORKERS
Jesus desires us to live as sons and daughters rather than workers. Sons live in their sonship naturally and without artifice. Workers are striving to be sons, even though they are already. This is Paul’s message in Galatians where he warns that the sons of the slave woman will not live in their inheritance as sons of God.
(1) Davis, Martin M.. The Christian Doctrine of God. AsiAfrica Ministries, Inc.. Kindle Edition.