We can live in peace and wholeness or in bits and pieces. A life in the frame of the knowledge of good and evil and a daily walk in a performance mentality conditions us to live a ‘bitty’ life. None can ‘live whole’ out of the law.
Performance orientation and a church driven works culture is a form of law. The law will never furnish integration. It’s an artifact of separation. There is no ‘flow’ of the Holy Spirit in law and no river of divine life. This is because it is Adam’s alienated life instead of our union with God life in Jesus. Legalism divides us in being, in space and in time. It gives rise to a disjointed epistemology and a compartmentalized word view.
‘For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring’ Acts 27.28 NLT. Not only are we and our Father one. In Christ we and the universe are one.
In Adam, Moses and separation, we are in the letter. In Jesus, the new covenant and the Spirit of Sonship we are in life. Notions of sacred and secular, ‘God time’ and ‘my time’ are artificial divisions and illusions of separation and the knowledge of good and evil. In the new covenant our being is in God. Not in His stuff – or our stuff that we have convinced ourselves is His. In Jesus we are the offspring of God. One with God we are in His river of life and we are spirit and life.
‘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 NIV. By His atonement Jesus has already brought everything together. We will experience this togetherness when we live in the new covenant and not the old, in Jesus and not His religion and in union rather than in self-manufactured separation.
In the new covenant – which is the new creation - God, you and the creation are one. Jesus brings all things together in Himself. Thus there is no need to take up holy orders, join a monastery, or become a pastor – unless you want to. Because God is incarnated in you and you are a son you are capable of funneling His life into any situation in which you find yourself.
‘He is before all things, and in him all things hold together’ Col 1.17 NIV.
THAT OLD WHITE MAGIC
In a knowledge of good and evil culture, there is a matrix of compartmentalized times and spaces and a network of forms and definitions. Here we live from dichotomy. But God has made the two one. This joining is not only about Jew and Gentile. It is the joining of a split reality that was precipitated by the fall. We can either live in this separated Adamic fall mode like blind and deaf lemmings or we can live in the resurrection life of Jesus.
The knowledge of good and evil, with its dichotomies and separation is the mode of religion. It defines pseudo-holiness even as it robs people of their inheritance as sons of God.
This mode is ‘normal’ to the natural person born of the slave woman. It’s what Gregory Boyd and others have called it a ‘Christianized version of the knowledge of good and evil.’
As Paul writes in Galatians, ‘His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh’ Gal 4.23 NIV. ‘Flesh’ denotes humanity separated from God. There is such a thing as fleshly thought. This is why life in the Spirit is opaque to the natural man and why he has difficulty getting a handle on it. It is why he settles for contriving some kind of goodness out of bits and pieces of religion. As such he is an alchemist but not an imparter of the life of God. Indeed, life in the knowledge of good and evil is the original witchcraft.
‘The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit’ 1 Cor 2.14 NIV.
In Moses we lived in dichotomies and demarcations. In Jesus we live in God. Take care that you have not come under the influence of a modern day Moses when you have been gifted a life in Jesus. Don’t cavil over times when God has given you a life as part of Himself.
‘Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day’ Col 2.16 NIV.
RIVER OF LIFE
There is no sacred and secular in His Kingdom because our life is in His Son. Now all of life is sacred and holy. Don’t label unholy what God has made holy in Jesus. In Jesus your role is to release His new creation life into all things.
Since He is our life we are His life. We are bought with a price and not our own. In Jesus we live, move and have our being. Our body is His. Our history is His. Our vocation is His and our time and money is His. Now we are one in Him and the creation is one in God. Living in Jesus, the One New Man we have become the man who is one. Humpty-dumpty is fixed and his shattered shell is made whole. The world is now in the throes of being put back together as people learn that it is Christ who is their life and not the religion of Christ that is life.
‘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’ Col 1.16 NIV. The power of one and the union of the new creation flows through us when Christ is our life.
Legalism will make a humpty-dumpty out of anything that is whole. Law will condition us to think sacred and secular, my time and God’s time, my things and God’s things, my definition of good and other people’s definition of evil. But to those who are in Christ any diminution of Jesus is evil and every thing that makes people smaller than they have been made to be in Christ is wicked. W I C K E D. This is the mystery of iniquity. But to those who are whole in God, all things are holy.
‘And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity’ Matt 7.23 NIV.
All time is God’s time. In Jesus you are all His. One with God you are one with yourself, one with creation and an agent of its regeneration.
The deceit of law and its compartments is that it leads us to think we are separated from God, that we can serve God in compartments of time while serving ourselves most of the time; that we can pursue our interests and God’s interests. That we can work for ourselves all week and give Him some quality time at week-ends. That most of our income is ours and a fraction of it is His. But worship is a life and His Kingdom is our life in Him. His Kingdom is our lives manifest as Jesus in the world. This is the on-going new creation in Christ.