To die and be re-born to real life this Easter is to die to the self of religion and rise to the self who Christ our life.
Francois Du Toit and others inform us that Jesus is The Mirror – the mirror in which we see who we are and the lens through which we see who God is.
Reading a piece by Kriston Couchey I noted something that went like this. Jesus is talking and He says, ‘Son when I look at you, I see myself.’ This is not just an opinion. It’s piece of revelation. It is why God is revealed in Jesus, why we are revealed as who we are in Jesus and why it can truthfully be said that ‘In Him, we live and move and have our being.’
We are defined as persons in a person. Never in abstractions. This we are found (revealed) in Christ when we agree with Him that He is our life and that we have been drawn by Him into His life and all that means.
FOUND IN HIM
‘And be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ--the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith’ Phil 3.9 NIV.
As persons we know who we are by being ‘found’ in a larger person than ourselves. We can become who we are in the new creation because the son of God has been found us in Himself.
The ‘lost’ who is a non-entity outside of Christ is a son/daughter of God because she is included in Christ and all that is Christ’s. ‘Who, being in very natureGod, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness’ Phil 2.6,7 NIV. Being made in Human likeness as the Son of God to make us who we are as sons in spirit and in truth.
Our humanity and sonship is Christ expressed as us.
We know God as He is and we know ourselves as we are because we are part of God and He is part of us. This is implied in the Spirit of Sonship and the scripture, ‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20. Such a version of ‘knowing’ is truth defined as itself in personhood. Truth is never an abstraction like the law. Nor is it ever a formula or a theological position. Truth is ‘true’ when in relationship and being with the trinity. This is to say when we are in God and being ourselves as sons in spirit and in truth.
We are one with God because we are twice born. Born from the trinity and born again as sons of the Second Adam.
If sons of the law, we are no sons of God. We are sons of abstraction, son of a lie because sons of the Father of Lies. It pays to be a son of the Father of Life. The law has children who are dead folks walking . Father has sons who are spirit and life.
Outside of union with God the notion of oneness has no substance. Reality is not a function of words. There is no union for us in fundamentalism. Just compartmentalisation and false certainty.
Our union with life and each other is a function of union with God. Thus we need to live from the new covenant and not from the separated Adam. It is the living Word of Jesus who is truth. Not words in themselves. The latter are just fig-leaves of the letter that kills. This explains why we cannot know ourselves or God through the law or through its cousin, religion.
Richard Rohr writes, “A true mirror first receives an image and then reflects it back truthfully—but now so that I can see myself, too. The all-important thing is that you find the right mirror that mirrors you honestly and at depth. All personhood is created in this process, and our job is always to stay inside this mirroring.” (1)
Such a mirror not only mirrors God and ourselves but is the interpretive hub of creation and the meaning of life. In His light we see light which is the meaning of ‘In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.’
The good news is that the law is not the mirror of God’s character. Jesus is. The great news is also that Jesus is also who you are. To see Jesus is to see you.
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Divine Dance: The Trinity and your transformation (Kindle Locations 793-795). SPCK. Kindle Edition.