I’ve been reading some theology books. I cannot read much of them at once. They are, so to speak, pretty dense. They contain more than information. They relate to the experience of self, God and others that is ours in Jesus. The author I am reading at the moment speaks of our becoming a person in Jesus - a person as distinct from an individual who might be thought of as a sterile and distinct entity. When we speak of persons we need to think of them as being truly themselves, as part of the whole, which is the community and part of God who generates our personhood and the community of the saints. Community starts in Jesus and His drawing us into God who is innately community as the trinity. This life flows out of us and to each other when we live in God in the person of Jesus. Community starts with Jesus, is in Jesus and flows back to Jesus in fruitfulness and the worship that is our life in God.
I have a focus on theology at the moment because I have seen that it is important to have God’s theology about Himself and us. Not some derivation that comes from our own thought and miscalculation about what the gospel of the Kingdom actually is. Make sure that what you believe about God and yourself is the same as what He believes.
In my work and my relationships with others I have seen that we cannot build the Kingdom on some misconception about who God is and what He has done. To be specific I have seen that we can ‘come into the Spirit,’ we can learn about charisma, the gifts and the spirit-filled life and even grow in the use of the gifts. But not experience any growth in the Kingdom. Rather we endure the fading of what began with excitement and anticipation of big things to come. The Spirit of Sonship and the Kingdom of sons will not grow in a garden bed of law and old covenant. This is why it is important to be in step with Father, with what He believes and what He has accomplished for all in Christ.
I talk about these things with my daughter. We talked recently about the importance of knowing the truth, of being one with correct theology. We need to agree with God because if we are not aligned with who God is, what He accomplished for us in Christ and how and who we are as a result, this incomplete and twisted view will be our false reality.
‘Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy,g your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness’ Luke 11.34,35 NIV. We will live in a misguided reality an in our illusion irrespective of what the reality is in Christ. This false reality will cripple who we are and thwart the fullness of the inheritance of Christ our life. It is important not only that the gospel of the Kingdom exist. It is imperative that we embrace it as it is. ‘Christ our life’ is ours. But we must embrace, receive, operate and respond to who God is and what He has done. This is obedience.
‘Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them’ John 14.23 NIV. Life in the Spirit flows from our being one with our Father. This life cannot be accessed if we are living from the law, from religion or some diluted new testament version of the knowledge of good and evil. A life in Adam goes nowhere. Our life in Jesus is eternal and cannot be thwarted. It began in the trinity and continues today with the trinity in us!