Kingdom thinking is never reductionist. Law-based thinking always is. The law-shrunk thinker relies on definitions because he needs these hooks on which to hang his argument. But one whose life is Christ is not so much attempting an argument – although she is seeking truth. Located in ‘being’ instead of letters of definition, she is able to live in the truth rather than descriptions of it. Why. Because truth is Christ and to be a son/daughter is to be life itself.
THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE IS JESUS
The law of Moses is a function of the knowledge of good and evil – a temporary bridge until the Re-instatement of union with God became ours in the atonement and incarnation. Jesus is the revelation of our Father. He is life itself. The life source of the universe is the trinity and Jesus is the Expression of this.
THE WAY IS A PERSON
Significantly Jesus declared Himself as the way, the truth and the life - and so He would because these three are a function of persons, never of mere words and definitions.
This is why The Word is never mere words or the letter because The Word who is God, is relationship and being. Thus Jesus leaves no message to pay attention to the law or the Sabbath or the elements of good and evil because this is not where the Kingdom of God is. It is in persons, relationship and being. So He says, ‘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 NIV. He is telling us that this is realizing God, realising life and realising ourselves.
ILLUSION OF CITING
Richard Rohr observes that “Humans tend to think that because they agree or disagree with the idea of a thing, they have realistically encountered the thing itself.” (1) This why they can claim obedience to Christ in the letter while living what is manifestly untrue in the spirit.
‘The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God’ 1 Cor 1.18 NIV. Paul is not talking about salvation generally. He means the incarnated life in which Christ is our life. Paul’s ‘Christ our life’ remains foolishness to many Believers who because of this live a limited life.
DISCERNMENT AND NOT
Spiritual things are spiritually discerned. By receiving what is ours – union with God without intervening barriers such as the law or religious observances - we see as God sees and know what God knows, because we are part of Him. We have entered life. We have come through a door into reality. We live in the spirit of sonship as a state of being rather than taking Bible studies on it.
All belong but not all participate in their belonging to the same degree. Some have a much inferior belonging than others. There’s a difference between cattle class and business class and the same is true of our journey in God.
When Christ is our life we are part of the family of God. As ‘sons’ we have entered a realm where we ‘know’ the thing in itself because in fellowship with the ultimately real we are positioned to see reality for what it is.
Living a parsimonious spiritual existence in the law, we are not in our Father, in Jesus or hosting Jesus in our being. Well we are, but not more than drops when rivers are at call.
In the law or its fellow traveller, moralism, we have chosen to be living in ourselves in separation from God and attempting to compensate for our lack with unilateral statements that skirt around the truth. Paul asserts that it is more than God’s right knowledge to which we have access. We participate in His Being.
‘For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate." 1 Cor 1.19 NIV.
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See (p. 35). The Crossroad Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.