Jesus came as the expression of our Father. Also as the expression of a son – not a mistrusting son as was Adam but a believing Son as was Jesus of Nazareth. The Son of God was always with our Father. A son begotten not in time but in being, He and Father were one in heaven and later on earth. The trinity exulted in their joy and decided to share this life with beings like themselves – they birthed the sons and daughters of God: Bob and Jane and Mary and Steve.
NOT TAKEN BY SURPRISE
Before there was an earth it was seen that there would be a fall. Immature Adam and Eve would be inveigled into a deceit – a deception that posited Father as less than He was and ourselves as less than we are. This remains to this day the crux of deception and the hollowing out of our inheritance. It can make us sons of the slave woman instead of sons of the free woman. The latter live in their inheritance of union with God. The former have been tricked out of it.
SAME OLD LIE
How do you sow a field of tares? The Enemy continues with more of the same deception. ‘Father of lies’ suggests a lesser christ, another gospel and a ‘smaller us’ in order to stifle the advance of the Kingdom Jesus began. He retains the gullible in the knowledge of good and evil mindset - but with a Christian slant.
In this mindset, there is a ‘lesser christ’ who lives to supervise the law; another gospel contained and strangled in old covenant separation and distance and the substitution of the person of Christ manifest as people with religion and its observances.
Imagine this arrangement as a goldfish bowl on a table in the middle of the room. The room is real life. The room is God’s new covenant reality. His house. In the bowl we swim round and round with our mouths open and we think this fish tank is the real world. But it’s not the Kingdom. It’s another version of old Adam and his separated life. It inhibits our growth into sonship because here we are sons notionally but not in spirit and in truth.
We have full liberty to live as who we are in Christ. We are not at liberty to devise our own gospel, to undo life in the Spirit and reverse ourselves into a pre-cross existence. We are in a good place when we agree with what God says about Himself and about us. Richard Rohr observes, “God takes the freedom and immense risk of allowing us to “eat of all the trees in the garden.” We are even allowed to “pick from the tree of life too, and eat and live for ever.” The only ones who “must not be allowed to eat” of this tree are precisely those who arrogantly think they are “like one of us in knowing good from evil.” This is the basic human hubris.’ (1) The basic human deception is the notion that our way is God’s way.
‘But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God's curse!’ Gal 1.8 NIV.
The belief that any Christian perspective makes us part of the body is both conceited and a fruit of the tree of relativism and sophistry. All of us do belong in principle. But not all belong in spirit and in truth. Not if we have attached ourselves to a private interpretation that is ‘another gospel of the kind that attracts a curse. All have been made one with God. But not all belong in their soul because they live in Adam’s separated mindset. ‘Belonging’ is not ours unless we embrace it and receive it into our being by agreeing that we are received into God’s life – into the Holy Family of the trinity. And not because of anything we do, but because God has already done it.
UNION WITH GOD
Gnosticism says you are saved by what you know. The gospel of the Kingdom has us saved by what we are – the sons and daughters of God.
Our union with God as a race and as daughters and sons was guaranteed and pre-destined in the Son who would be the Christ of God. Through the incarnation planned before the dawn of our time Jesus the Son of God would draw all things together in Himself. Jesus describes Himself in this wise as the way, the truth and the life. John wrote, that ‘I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14,20 This would become the reality in which we would live. It’s the reality that when embraced makes us one with the trinity and one with each other.
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Divine Dance: The Trinity and your transformation (Kindle Locations 1764-1769). SPCK. Kindle Edition.