DRIVE ON ALL CYLINDERS
The adventure of life is our growing in the knowledge of God – knowledge of who God is and who we are as a result of the enterprise of God for us. We can advance through this open door that is Christ or we can spend our lives clinging to, defending and adjusting what we have inherited from our parents. The latter may see us congealed like Lots Wife in the law or diluted in religion. one of its fellow travellers.
AGREE WITH GOD
To agree that Christ is our life is to live from an open door and be on a journey that is a continual adventure. This is the son/daughter who travels from glory to glory.
THE ARIAN TAINT
If we have been raised in a deviant gospel we will live life in some version of ‘separation’ that might assume an unfinished atonement, a law-based gospel or a gospel of moralism that is almost the same thing. One of the first manifestations of separationism was Arianism – the notion that Jesus Christ was not one substance with God.
TREASURE IN THE GROUND
Other manifestations that plague our age are a failure to live in the oneness that is ours and a neglect of that state of being that all can be: The incarnation.
A more obvious separatist mode is containment in the law. If we are still in Moses, we are still in Adam and living in a mindset of separation from God – creating a reality that is not real and contriving all kinds of religiosities to get what we already possess: Union with God.
HUMPING SAND-BAGS THERE AND BACK
Woven into this misinformation is the illusion that we must ‘earn Christ,’ by intimacy with Him, by good works and ‘keeping close to Jesus.’ In short, making real by our own efforts the union with God that is already ours.
Remember that all money-changing has been cast out by the cross. There’s a Christian Industry devoted to the illusion that this industry is a travelator to God. But the truth is that God is in us and with us. This is a fact. Incarnation is the great achievement of God for the sons and daughters of God.
END OF THE BEGINNING
What was finished when Jesus cried ‘It is finished!’? The separation that Adam began was finished and the union with God that Jesus enjoyed became ours.
There is no ‘Great Controversy.’ Satan was defeated at the cross – not that he was ever any threat to God. The issue for Christians and the world is not will we obey God’s law* but will we receive the gift of life and union with God that is already ours?
Separation - the cause of the knowledge of good and evil - has been undone. The aim of every Believer needs to be to live in the union with God and the knowledge of Him that has become ours in Jesus Christ. This is THE NEW AND LIVING way by which the new creation is made real in the world: Christ come in our flesh. Baxster Kruger’s Great Dance is about this life that is ours now in God.
“The great dance is all about the abounding life--the fellowship and togetherness, the love and passion and joy--shared by the Father, Son and Spirit. The incarnation is the staggering act of this God reaching out to share their great dance with us. Our humanity is the theatre in and through which the great dance is played out in our lives, and human history is the harrowing experience through which we are educated as to the truth of our identity.” (1)
DRIVING ON TWO CYLINDERS WHEN YOU HAVE EIGHT
Many Believers live their life without knowing that they are sons and daughters of God in spirit and in truth. Many of them do good works and make a fine contribution to human well-being. But they would have done much better as a self and as a life-giver if they had started from the position that they are already sons/daughter. Instead of living in the misconception that much of what they were doing was a means of earning this.
* To believe that the issue of life is about the law is to believe that we are still living in the Fall.
(1) Kruger, C. Baxter. The Great Dance: The Christian Vision Revisited. Perichoresis Press. Kindle Edition.