How do we know what we know? Descartes asserted that we know by thinking: “I think therefor I am.’
Paul asserted that we know truth when our being is in God.
Jesus declared that He is ‘knowing and that light and life are known when He is life, our way and our truth.
The knowing of reality is found in union with Jesus. Not in knowledge about Jesus. This is because genuine knowing is an attribute of being in God. Not being in the knowledge of good and evil.
We might believe that something is true because we have cited a string of scriptures. This may carry some weight if the scripture are related on not a string of texts that have no relation to each other whatsoever. Christian myths can originate like this and denominations have arisen based on such assumptions.
‘He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant--not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life’ 2 Cor 3.6 NIV.
Our exegesis may be accurate but our ministry can be bereft because we are ministers of the old covenant and not the new. Speaking from a mindset of separation – which is to say from the knowledge of good and evil - we do not possess that union with God that is our possession. Oneness belongs to all post cross. But this oneness is ours when we believe that Christ is our life.
Jesus is our life in actuality when we believe He is. As ministers of the new covenant we release spirit and life because we are spirit and life – a state of being that is never the case in the law.
Jesus and His Father were one. As a result He could say
‘The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirit and life’ John 6.63 NIV. You can be the same if His oneness has been possessed by you. It’s a gift.
LIFE BY DEGREES
We can live a life in Christianity. We will have a degree of fellowship with God but not the same kind of companionship that is enjoyed by those for whom they and Father are one.
We can live from a Belief System and have an intellectualised association with heaven. We can also live from union – which is to live from our inheritance.
This inheritance is that the fellowship Jesus has with the Father and Holy Spirit is your fellowship. This is a different to a relationship with externalities.
It is oneness with God, the self, other people and the cosmos.
We can attach ourselves to a belief system and see this as a relationship with God. It can be but it is an insulated relationship – a bit like having sex clad in an overcoat.
CHEATED BY ONE’S BELIEFS
We can live an intellectualised Christian life, take a stand on certain issues and do some good. Then pass to our grave having never lived in our inheritance of an experienced ‘I am in you and you are in me.’
THE IMPOTENT ME
A anesthetised relationship with God is most often the result of conditioning in the law and old covenant separationist assumptions. The law and a connection to it forms a mindset that is religious yet anti-spiritual and ultimately anti-human – a form of godliness that denies its spirit and life.
The ultimate response of a life in externalities is to kill God when He appears – like crucifixion. The more subtle manifestation of the letter that kills is the resistance to life in the Spirit, opposition to the new covenant and an addiction to the supposed entitlements of the law.
Our mind-set determines how we see the world and how we see ourselves. On the deep level this is called epistemology - our concepts of what we understand as knowledge. What we have construed as ‘knowing’ shapes what we think is real.
The person shaped by the law thinks religion is real. She is certain that only the law has substance.
She cannot escape the letter no matter how much she promotes the spirit. Life in the law is always reductionist making spiritual realities less than they are. Life in the Spirit – the incarnated life makes the ordinary extraordinary. The so called secular environment because filled with spirit and life at the hand of those who are His spirit and life.
The new covenant person is a life-giving spirit because he lives in the spirit of Christ. Christ is him. The law-shaped person thinks his religious life is real when it is but a shadow. The Jesus born person knows that His life is real because he lives in reality. The reality is Christ. But not Christ as a minister of religion or custodian of a belief system. It is Christ as you.
We can think ourselves into un-life or think ourselves into life to the full.
You can be the expression of God – or of religion.
That which is real to us determines how we will manifest. Shaped by the law we will manifest religion and be convinced that this is the godly life. In Christ we are not just shaped by Him. We are the expression of Him. Our inheritance is that in this age we can be the manifestation of the trinity. We are this in potential. We actualize this when we believe it and step into it.