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The Word of God is not just words. The Word of God is the Christ – the logos and law of the spirit of life who is the living meaning and purpose of all that exists. The words of holy men and women of God are subordinate to this word as Jesus said,  ‘You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life’ John 5.39-40 NIV.

Words of life are not necessarily preached by the citing of a line of scriptures. Words of spirit and life are preached when we are that life because we live in new covenant oneness with God.
Fundamentalism selfdom delivers life* -  being about words and definitions as words and definitions. This is symptomatic of a law formed epistemology.
The Church Fathers have much to tell us about fulsome Godliness in that their teaching was more about ‘being’ than about talk. It is observed that “
The fundamentalist approach to The Fathers is generally found within those groups that have an extremely narrow interpretation of the Reformation principle of Sola Scriptura.”(1) We are talking here about a ‘god of words’ rather than the Word of God who is God.
This quote could just as well have been written, ‘The fundamentalist approach .. is generally found within those groups that have an extremely narrow interpretation of the principle of Sola Scriptura’. Fundamentalism is steeped in the law, tending to a Biblicist interpretation in which words about God tend to be seen as if they are god. The result is a god of words rather than the Word who is God.
The effect of ‘wordism’ is that the fundamentalist can claim to ‘belong to the Body of Christ’ even when espousing a deviant gospel on the ground of a proof text such as ‘the one loaf.’ This captures the Believer in ‘the letter’ even while his beliefs deny him ‘belonging’ in the spirit, due to the fact that she has a separationist mindset.
The truth is that fundamentalists do belong but that their lived belonging is a belonging of words rather than a belonging of being. This is like possessing the shadow while missing the reality.
There’s a difference between those who are the incarnation of words and those in whom the trinity is incarnated.
If we pursue God as a follower – a disciple because He is pursuing and revealing to us the truth of being and knowing, we will intuit scripture as connoting more than words and definitions. This passage below is in fact speaking of the Living Word. The witness of the spirit of truth, furnishing us with sharp spiritual insight of the kind that distinguishes religion from Kingdom.
Thus, ‘
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.’ This the witness of the living word who is the Christ of God who is the source of spiritual discernment and the bulwark against blundering dogmatism and ideological conformity.
Modern people are increasingly attracted to a spirituality of being arising from rootedness in God that entails a genuine baptism into new covenant oneness with God. This does not mean that the Spirit and the gifts are passé. It means that the gifts and the Spirit without limit are rooted in the incarnation. The Spirit without limit is a function of oneness with God. A function not as the result of sanctification and piety but a function of the union that is already ours.
The rich liturgy and the emphasis on the importance and substance of Communion and Baptism proves attractive to many who have grown up in traditions that view the sacraments as subsidiary to preaching and evangelism due, in part, to a “memorial” sacramental theology which views the sacraments as lacking substance. (2)
I know people who think Christ our life and the incarnation lack substance. Steeped in the law since childhood they are possessed of the illusion that the law is life when it is actually death. The spirit of religion ensures that they remain blind to the Spirit of Light and Life.
People such as I have become aware that fruitful and peaceful ‘doing’ comes from well rooted ‘being’ and that we have this being in the sonship that is ours in Jesus Christ. Some call this oneness, which is accurate because union with God is ours. What it is called is not the point. The point is to live in our inheritance of the trinity in us.
The major manifestation of the Spirit of God in this age is you.
I was raised in fundamentalism and have become familiar with charismatic forms of belief and worship. I have seen that the gifts are real and that healings happen and that people are even raised from the dead in these present days, because Jesus is alive and with us right now.
However I also know that that gifts, the miracles and the signs, without the incarnation and our rootedness in the being of God -  which is the trinity -  have a short shelf life. In a silo of their own the gifts can lead to fragmentation of the self and the church and can even become a gospel that is no gospel at all. Why? Because a gospel that is entirely charisma and the Spirit is not the Kingdom of God. Incarnation is the Kingdom of God. The spirit of sonship is in us and among us when we are woven into God and God is woven into us. This is already real. It’s our inheritance. Just say ‘Yes Lord’.
* Grace at times surmounts such limitations.
(1)    Radcliff, Jason Robert. Thomas F. Torrance and the Church Fathers: A Reformed, Evangelical, and Ecumenical Reconstruction of the Patristic Tradition . Pickwick Publications, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Kindle Edition.
(2)    Ibid.
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