Richard Rohr has written an excellent book entitled, Everything Belongs. Everyone does belong. We came from God and we have been certified in God by the cross. We have been forgiven through the cross and made Godly by the incarnation, should we choose to live in it. The authority of our sonship has been realised in the power of Holy Spirit. In the Spirit God is in us and with us.
Our job is simply to rest in agreement with what God has accomplished in Christ and embrace who He has made us. Now we are the sons of God. We were sons before the cross by origin. We are sons following the cross when Christ is our life. Since the resurrection and Pentecost we have an inheritance. Now we are sons in spirit and in truth – if we embrace it and suck the marrow out of the inheritance that is ours.
All schemes of the Enemy revolve around one ploy. This involves getting Believers to give lip-service to the treasure in their inheritance while missing the substance. He doesn’t care how religious we are – as long as we do not live in the fullness of our sonship he is able to thwart the advance of the new creation and continue to purvey Babylon as though confusion is all there is.
Jesus names these whiles and strategies tares. They are lies of the Enemy that produce cultures of dead flesh. These lies blind Believers to their fullness in God and get them to make a virtue out of ignorance and ‘other gospels.’ Despite this people belong. The challenge of life-giving spirits is to persuade people to enter their ‘belonging’ and not only enter it but open every gift that is theirs under the Christmas tree. This is to say that God has given us this rest. But we must enter it.
‘And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed?’ Heb 3.18 NIV.
‘So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief’ Heb 3.19 ESV.
‘Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it’ Heb 4.1 NIV.
If we choose we can stumble our way to heaven, the blind leading the blind and the tares posing as the wheat, the weak saying I am strong and the blind saying I can see. Alternatively we can enter the fullness of our ‘belonging.’ We can flourish in our fellowship with the trinity and can multiply streams of living water instead of drops from half-empty buckets. William Paul Young writes, “Jesus challenges every religious category. If we take Jesus seriously, then we are not dealing with outsiders and insiders; we are dealing with those who are seeing and those who are not seeing, trusting and not trusting.” But how excellent is it when we can say with the other blind men and women – ‘I was blind but now I see!’
Young, Wm. Paul. Lies We Believe About God (p. 55). Simon & Schuster UK. Kindle Edition.