‘All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him’ Matt 11.27 NIV.
‘I and the Father are one’ John 10.30 NIV.
That all of them may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I am in You. May they also be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me’ John 17.21 NIV.
Jesus came to make the way and be the Door to our Father. Not to make a way to the law.
Jesus did not live from the law. He lived from His Father. He did not live to uphold or exemplify the law. He lived in oneness with His Father to reveal Father as He is. It was His union with God that empowered to Him to complete His task and be entirely who He was in identity and purpose. One with His Father who only did what Father was doing. He brought reconciliation between God and His estranged daughters and sons. Then in rising as the First Born from The Dead He brought order and new creation life to the world.
An implication of law demagoguery is that there exists a law that is separate from God. This is an illusion. An illusion caused by living in the separation from God that is the knowledge of good and evil. But today we are in God, not separated from God and not striving in the knowledge of good and evil. At least we are not meant to be - unless we have been hood-winked by the Enemy to live in a lesser gospel as depicted in The Torch and the Sword.
THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE
To the degree that there is a law at all today and there is not - this ‘law’ is The Person of Jesus’ being, known as the law of the spirit of life. The creation is being drawn into union and alignment with Him. In Ephesians Paul speaks of Jesus ‘bringing all things together in Himself.’ When creation finds its existence in His being there is love, life, joy and order. The new creation lives, moves and its being in Him. Paul called this the law of the Spirit of Life and this spirit of life is Jesus. All that is, all of existence, including you, finds its being, meaning and purpose in Him. The logos of God is a He, not an it.
‘And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ--everything in heaven and on earth’ Eph 1.10 NLT.
‘The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together’ Col 1.15-18 NIV.
While viewing the sci-fi movie Prometheus some time back, I was convinced that the subtle message of the plot was that there was something malevolent at the core of the universe. But Jesus’ revelation of our Father assures us that love is at the core and that this love will expand and cover the entire universe with His glory.
To be in Christ is to be in our Father and to be in Father is to be in the Spirit which is to be aligned with the logos which/who is the correct coherence and loving function of the universe in God. In God the creation is never inert, hostile or malevolent. This is the new creation in the God who is love and is the expression of that love. The new creation springs entirely from the person of Jesus as the outgrowth of the trinity.
Another miserly alternative is that God is the Chief Performance Magnate. Here He is seen to live to see if people are ‘keeping’ His law. He hovers about like a chief inspector to see that their performance is up to scratch. But it never is. When we are living in a climate of law and judgment we are never good enough and criticism and judgment is the air we breathe. This is the source of the meanness and criticism of religiosity.
The most debilitating consequence that arises from law-mongering is the notion that if God is inferior to the law, then the law and not God has to be god. While the implications of this are not usually perceived they are certainly lived out in a an ideology rather than Christ in the Believer. But an abstraction cannot be God.God is love and love is the property of persons.
We could assume that God is the law. In this we would not be correct but we would be getting closer to the truth. We are whole and holy when we live in God. We get into God by trusting His Son. Speaking of Jesus, Paul said, ‘In Him all things hold together.’ In another place Paul called this the law of the spirit of life. In yet another place he wrote, ‘In Him we live move and have our being.’ All of creation does. We and the creation were made to live in God. By living in God we we are enveloped in the Spirit of love.
The law of the Spirit of life comes to us by the Spirit of Christ who lives in us. This is Holy Spirit Himself. Holy Spirit imbues us with Jesus and Our Father. Positioned in God we are aligned with the true meaning and purpose of the creation. The Spirit of Christ is not a vapour. He is more real than any black and white law or religious principle. This Spirit lives in us and becomes our flesh. This is the mystery of the incarnation.
There is no law that is distinct or separate from God. And it does not follow that God is a manifestation of the law. This would make Him a robotic figure, to which deity is bolted on like a fixture. It would make god a kind of computer program. Here He would be less than a person and more fully an abstraction operating out of many lines of code - something like General Grievous out of Star Wars. God is not an abstraction with a personality. He is I AM. He is the three personed God who is the ultimate person. As the person who is God and our Father He is love Himself.
On his Facebook page Jeff Turner writes,
‘God is love. Love is not an emotion God experiences, or a choice God makes. Love is who God is. It is who God is at the centre of God's being, and, for the Trinitarian Christian, love is what governs and lies at the centre of the relationship that constitutes God's God-ness.
In this worldview, then, every experience of love is the result of this relationship between Father, Son, and Spirit, expanding, and extending outward, eternally, and in all directions, even as the universe itself is expanding. Every experience of love, then, even those had by individuals called and considered by religion to be untouchable, and outside of God's love, are actually manifestations of that very love religion would deny them. When love is experienced, it is always God that is experienced, even as when God is experienced, it is always love that is experienced.
Anyone, then, who has experienced love has, in some way, experienced God. Every parent who loves their child experiences God. Every spouse who loves their partner experiences God. Every human who loves the creation, even the animal kingdom, experiences God. This does not go only for the religious believer who acknowledges such experiences as divine, but for everyone. There is no one, anywhere on planet earth, presently having an experience of love who is not also having an experience of God.
No one is excluded, cut off, or separated from this perichoretic field of Father, Son, and Spirit's love, that is expanding eternally, exponentially in all directions, and there is no corner of the cosmos that will not, one day, be fully swallowed up and consumed by this love.’
To be a person we must live in God. To be a person who is a son of God we must live in God’s Son. Father has made this easy for us because He has embraced us. He lives in us and has placed us in Himself. We enjoy peace, rest and can celebrate being our real self when we live in our real God. Christ is the reality. All else is shadow.