We can know God when we have taken up His offer to be our life. Thus with His life as our life we participate in His insights, His revelation and His truth. Drawn into the holy family in Him we begin to know the Father and the Son - and in doing so come to know ourselves as we are - not as religious artefacts but as sons and daughters of God.
‘Peter had the revelation of who Jesus was because he followed him and humbly learned from him. We cannot be separated from God as we are in the law and expect to know the truth. We cannot remain in this mindset, in this old covenant dualism and receive the wisdom and revelation of who God is and who we are. The hermeneutic of knowing God, knowing ourselves and ascribing the correct meaning to our experiences and the happenings around us is found in our being drawn into the source of our origins and the home of our belonging - 0ur place in God.’ We were made to live in God and because of Jesus, because He is our life we can do this in spirit and in truth.
But in a performance mode we are not in our origins in God. We are in Adam’s separation. To stick to the law and an avidly attempt to find relationship with God by keeping rules is primitive and elementary school stuff. But it is typical of the human fallen condition. It is old covenant and a rejection of the new and living way that is the person of Jesus in us and we in Him. It is at best ignorance and at worst disobedience.
The Pharisees who would not follow Jesus said, ‘This man is not of God because he does not keep the Sabbath.’ The truth of God flows from the person of Jesus. This truth comes initially from a life in Him - not from the scriptures or from observances like the Sabbath. What Jesus does is what God does and is. He is life Himself. Today we have a place in this life and this light. We are participants in the fellowship that is God.
This not to deny the scriptures or encourage illiteracy. But it is to say that their true meaning is found when we live in God in the person of Jesus and Holy Spirit. All that God is and all that He requires is revealed through Jesus and by virtue of the fact that in Him we are made at home in the fellowship that is the trinity. In Jesus we are immersed in God. In law and performance we are marinated in religion and separated from His presence. There are no compartments in the new testament way. We and Father are one.
When we live from the law we live in dualism and separation from God. In dualism because our concepts of God are separated from the person and the reality of God. Yet in the new and living way, we are joined by Holy Spirit to Christ and by Christ to our Father. Here we and God are one by the One Spirit. In Him we live move and have our being - in a real God who was manifest in the flesh and who is now manifest in our flesh, souls and spirit by being incarnated in us through grace.
A most subtle heresy is the mistake of breaking off truth from God, of making truth an independent, abstruse entity. When the Bible says, ‘All things were made by Him and for Him’ it is saying that the entire panorama of what we call reality is found in Jesus. This is not to say we can become a scientist by reading the Bible. It is to say that we have no understanding of God, ourselves and our place in the world unless Jesus is our life. It is to say that our understanding of the world in all aspects will benefit from the wisdom and revelation that is Jesus.
‘To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory’ Col 1.27 NIV.
In the Kingdom there is no perception of truth apart from a life in God. In a law mentality and culture we are impelled to set about looking for life in things that are lifeless. In Adam all die and in Adam all are blind. In a law mindset we will even turn the charismatic life of Holy Spirit into the letter with its own taxonomy and with it a dullness of discernment that comes from the law. Here we walk about in ever decreasing circles until we become extinct. In Christ we are made alive and all veils are removed. If we are not advancing from glory to glory we are in something less than Christ - some addition or subtraction of our own that blurs God and smothers ourselves, some old covenant mindset or a derivation thereof. Christ in you is the hope and present reality of glory. This is yours in the season and in the moment.
‘And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit’ 2 Cor 3.18 NIV.