The soil of the law grows religion just as surely as a compost sprouts pumpkins. If you have been raised in a law-frame work and culture, you will find it easy to create formulaic modes of living and formulaic versions of accessing the gifts of the Spirit. This is because in this position we remain in the paradigm of the knowledge of good and evil with its compartmentalisations and dichotomies. Old covenant culture has a mentality that goes with it.
There is such a thing as an law-conditioned epistemology. Here the whole is never more than the sum of the parts. It is the parts – which means that in this culture, we are never whole, even with the gifts of the Spirit. Wholeness comes from union with God and not only that, but from the inter-woveness of our being and God’s being in Jesus. Law based living not only cripples our being. It stifles our ability to think properly. We in the Spirit we have the mind of Christ as the scripture below affirms.
‘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. We are interwoven with God.
Some who base their concept of togetherness in marriage and the church find support in their notion that the trinity is a hierarchy. But is it not. It is communion of equals that is the model marriage, for the mature family and for the church. Throughout the old testament and the new God has manifested His Spirit in sagacious people humble enough to receive Him. Not through the mentally ill, the dim-witted or the wicked, but through people of sound mind and maturity. Thus the first deacons were singled out because they were both full of wisdom and the Holy Spirit.
What we believe matters as is illustrated in The Power of Right Believing – a book about our inheritance and privileges in the new covenant. We are at liberty to believe what we like and take refuge in the notion that we can embrace almost anything and still belong to the Body of Christ. However such a notion is rendered quite meaningless if our beliefs position us in the Body of Death that Paul says we are delivered from. We become what we think is true and what we think we are - which is why we need to attach to the narrative that comes from the mystery of Godliness instead of the fictions pumped out by the mystery of iniquity. Richard Rohr writes,
“We always become what we behold; the presence that we practice matters. That’s why we desperately need a worldwide paradigm shift in Christian consciousness regarding how we relate to God. This shift has been subtly yet profoundly underway for some time, hiding in plain sight—the revelation of God as what we have always called “Trinity” but have barely understood (in the beginning was the Relationship).” (1)
The trinity not only lives in us in new covenant belief. We live in the trinity because in Jesus we belong. As Believers we have what Jesus has because He is our life and we have His life. Never stop at the cross and the death of Jesus. The cross opened the way to His life to be ours. He represents us entirely and in a manner of speaking, Jesus is you and He is us all. (1) Rohr, Richard. The Divine Dance: The Trinity and your transformation (Kindle Locations 507-510). SPCK. Kindle Edition.