YOU ARE HAVING WHAT HE IS HAVING
God is fully revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus is truly the Door. Jesus lives to reveal to us our relational God. As the trinity God is community. With Jesus as our life we possess Jesus knowledge of and His relationship with each member of the trinity. Thus the excellent life is to know God and Jesus Christ whom God has sent.
In the union with God that is ours each person of the trinity delights to reveal the true nature of the other to the sons of God.
The great thing about knowing God in this way is that we get to know our real selves.
Many of my age were brought up in the parental notion that ‘children should be seen but not heard.’ Fortunate were we if we were the center of our parent’s delight.
Not that we were not loved. But many of us were just there. Even today ‘providing’ is thought of as love. But it can be a distant kind. So different to the love of our Father. We are God’s delight and the center of Trinitarian attention. They live to reveal themselves and each other to us as they are so that we can be known to ourselves and each other as we are.
Idolatry is rejected by God because who He is and who we are is sacred.
If ‘graven images’ are forbidden by God so are graven gospels – which is to say a distorted Jesus and a misshapen gospel prevent us knowing God as He is and ourselves as we have been liberated to become. Jesus came among us and is here by the Spirit to dissolve false versions of Himself and His gospel.
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free’ Luke 4.18 NIV.
REAL GOD/REAL YOU
The Father of lies distributed a false identity that smothered the nature of God and ourselves. Satan seeks to maintain the deceit of the fall even though the fall has been undone. This is why we are not entitled to our own gospel and our own version of the truth. Lies distort and cripple all they touch. Distorted religion makes distorted people and even perverts heaven into hell. Baxster Kruger writes,
“Adam and Eve moved from hearing and knowing and receiving the Father’s love to hiding in fear in the bushes. Their inner vision became so terribly alienated–so fallen–they no longer had a clear perception of the Father’s heart at all. And worse, in the place of the Father’s heart, their fallen minds invented a new god, a mythological deity, who struck terror in their hearts and baptized their souls with anxiety and hopelessness.” (1)
THE BRIAR PATCH
There are religions where the inmates live like Brer Rabbit in the self-invented briar patches. The god viewed through the prism of the law that some Believers envision is alienated, distorted and mythological. Indeed denominations based on a veiled vision and distorted thinking have claimed a place in the Christian firmament. But Jesus ever lives to set such captives free. Jesus lives to draw the rebel and the addict from his daze in the opiate of religion into the light of life that is His person and His Kingdom.
(1) Kruger, C. Baxter. Across All Worlds: Jesus Inside Our Darkness (Kindle Locations 422-425). Perichoresis, Inc. Kindle Edition.