YOU CAN KNOW GOD
It’s instructive that Jesus said, ‘No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.’
God is known as God is through Jesus Christ. All glimpses of God up until the incarnation were partial. ‘In these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature’ Heb 1.2.3 NIV.
The exact representation of His nature: Jesus will not have an alternative version of Himself imposed on Him or His church. No matter what aberrations are proposed, the light of the world will continually vindicate Himself as He is, as The Christ of God.
Jesus has revealed our Father by being Himself. He reveals God to us and He reveals us to us. Jesus is the who of our becoming who we really are. The authentic identity of God and of humankind is found in the person of Jesus. We not only enter fellowship with God through the Door of Christ. We commence the journey of discovering our real self.
Jesus will reveal Himself and our Father as they are to all whose desire is to know Him as He is. The Spirit of Jesus in us will reveal this truth, this I AM OF God, to the I am of us.
The authentic revelation about God comes from God when we have a genuine relationship with Him - a relationship that is a direct encounter with His Spirit. Jesus has come in our flesh so He is never far away. It’s a matter of accessing what we already have.
GOD DESIRES YOU
God desires to have the same relationship with us that He has with Father and Holy Spirit. The Church Fathers called this perichoresis. Jesus bears witness to this from within our being because He has interwoven Himself into us.
Knowledge of God and ourselves comes from relationship. Never from externalities. The law does not define God and neither does it define us – unless you insist of being a shadow of yourself.
Jesus defines us and it is in His life that we are who we are: Sons of God.
Who God is does not come from schools of theology or from prophetic figures with some adjusted slant on God. Who God is come to us from Holy Spirit, through Jesus and our Father. Jesus reveals God to those who insist on knowing God as God is, to those who are willing to lay down inherited ideas and obsessive compulsive versions of a jesus that they equate with their identity. The pure in heart are those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
OBSCURED IN MOSES/REVEALED IN CHRIST
We will never know God from the law or from a position of attempted legalistic obedience. Those who sought God in a culture of legalism will have a pleasant surprise when they see Jesus. Even though they were contained in a withered version of Him during their life. Genuine obedience is to agree with Jesus that we and Father are one and rest in His ability to manifest in us and reveal Himself too us. Torrance assures us that,
“If we try to reach knowledge of God from some point outside of God, we cannot operate with any point in God by reference to which we can test or control our conceptions of him, but are inevitably flung back upon ourselves.
“Even if we relate God negatively to what we are in ourselves, we are nevertheless quite unable to escape using ourselves as some sort of measure for what we think and say of him.
“Thus in the last resort it is with reference to our private opinion (κατὰ τὸν ἴδιον νοῦν), and what we arbitrarily think up or devise (ἑπινοεῖν) from ourselves, that we form judgments about both the Son and the Father, which is precisely what the Arians were accused of doing.” (1)
The view of God that we get from Jesus is the view of God that Father and Jesus Christ have of themselves.
Partisan ‘gospels’ can vary from nonsense to ‘other gospels’ that are actually ‘no gospel at all.’ Belonging to the Body of Christ because we have taken His name is irrelevant if the gospel we have is not His gospel but a revisionist gospel that takes us back to the old covenant and the law. A life in Moses is a life in Adam. But Christ our life is a life interwoven into the trinity.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Trinitarian Faith: The Evangelical Theology of the Ancient Catholic Church (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 51). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.