TO LIVE FROM THE LAW IS TO INSULATE YOURSELF FROM GOD AND FROM YOURSELF. The essence of law-sacredness is separation from God, separation from yourself and separation from others. It’s the opposite of John 17.23. There’s a false self that we are when we live from the knowledge of good and evil. There’s the real self who we are when Christ is our life. You will never get close to others in layers of the law and never really know yourself.
‘Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent’ John 17.3 NIV. This not knowing abstractions. It’s knowing God in Jesus as you would in a good marriage.
BETTER THAN A FAÇADE OF YOU
To be your very self which is to be your ‘very you’ and not some facade of yourself there is no better way than THE NEW AND LIVING WAY OF JESUS CHRIST. This is great way of being real because it is a state of being and not an assertion, definition or position. It’s nothing of the letter.
The letter kills because it is incapable of supplying life.
‘This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God’ 1 John 4.2 NIV. The mission of Holy Spirit is uphold this truth because it is the truth of the new testament age and the truth that multiplies Jesus in us all.
HE MAKES US WHOLE
‘Being you’ is all of the Spirit because it’s YOU COME IN THE FLESH – the real you. A result achieved because Christ has come in you and His Spirit is manifesting as you.
In oneness with Christ, there is no longer the self of the real and the ideal. Dualism is gone. In being the expression of our Father we are the expression of our united self. This is the pattern of being of the trinity. It’s what God is and what Godliness means for us.
To be holy as God is holy is to agree with Jesus that He is our life.
PRE CROSS/POST CROSS
Union with God brings the union of us. The law came through Moses (separation). Grace and truth comes in Christ (union with God). We are graced to be our real selves through at-one-ment: The incarnation because in Jesus we have been woven into the trinity and the trinity is woven into us. This state of being is the difference between the externalities of religion and the spirit of sonship.
Until we transition from Adam to Jesus we never ‘get ourselves’ because we don’t ‘get life’. Life as real life is known in Jesus because He is everything about life and is life.
Jesus as we have explained, the real ‘us’ as individuals and as the church He builds without human hands. Righteousness is the result of sonship. It is the branches of the Vine.
NEW COVENANT AGENCY
In the new covenant we have been freed of the routine of ploys to be righteous. The old covenant was ‘obey and live.’ The new covenant is ‘you are alive to obey’. Even so this obedience is more than a bunch of good deeds. It’s the fact that you are living as son of God because you have been reborn as a son/daughter.
THE BOTTOM LINE: Christ is not the means to a ‘Christian Life.’ He is our life.
The conceit of religion is that Jesus gave us Christianity. The lie of false christianity its false christ is that religion is our life.
JESUS NOT SEPARATE FROM YOU, FROM US AND FROM THE WORLD
Jesus is not some addition to Christianity – a buttress to keep it in place. Jesus is not even Christianity because He is not the purveyor of religion. Jesus is the multiplier by the Spirit of Himself in us.
“Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” This means that all of us come to our Father through Jesus and also that Father comes to us through Jesus. But it also means that we come to ourselves through Jesus and our Father.
I AM THAT I AM
Jesus is the Jesus of ‘I AM.’ He is Himself. Not some construct of ours and never a figure described by or constrained by the law. Be aware that there are gospels in which Jesus is a figure of the law who lives to administer and impart the law. This is one of the most bizarre parodies of the gospel ever concocted and a complete undoing of His gospel and plan - which it to be our life.
Thomas Torrance writes,
“To know God in any precise way we must know him in accordance with his nature, as he has revealed himself – that is, in Jesus Christ his incarnate Son in whom he has communicated not just something about himself but his very Self. Jesus Christ does not reveal the Father by being Father but by being Son of the Father, and it is through Christ in the one Spirit whom he mediates that we are given access to God as he really is in himself. In contrast with Judaism and its stress on the unnameability of God, the Christian Faith is concerned with God as he has named himself in Jesus Christ, and incarnated in him his own Word, so that in Christ we know God as he is in his own inner being, as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” (1)
This is how we know ourselves and the truth that sets us free to ‘see.’
Above we are talking intimacy and communion and the being of persons – something that is foreign to the parody that is a theology of the law. * Perichoresis – a Greek word that the Church Fathers used to describe the oneness of the triune God. This is to say that each person is fully an individual yet part of the other – yet remaining fully themselves. This is the kind of communion with God that is ours in Christ. Nothing to do with the abstraction of the law and everything to do with the agency and being of the triune God. We enjoy a similar oneness with Jesus but we are not deities. WE ARE SONS OF GOD.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Trinitarian Faith: The Evangelical Theology of the Ancient Catholic Church (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (pp. 6-7). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.