SPIRIT AND LIFE MESSENGER
The knowledge of good and evil, an epistemological framework that resulted from the lie that produced the fall, is a product of separation and independence from God. It is couched in the attempt to be Godly independently of God. It is propositional rather than holistic and rational, rather than spiritual. This is because it takes its nature from separation from God rather than from the being of God and oneness with God. Any Christianity based on the law is strangled in this epistemology. This word means how we think of our knowledge of God.
Any knowledge in the tree of knowledge frame is distorted knowledge.
WORDS OF WORDS OR WORDS OF LIFE
Whereas might Descartes might say, ‘I think, therefore I am’ the person in the Spirit might say ‘I live, move and have my being in God, which gives me confidence to speak in wisdom and the Holy Spirit.
MEANING AND TRUTH
One can look to the fatuous meaning of the populist who wants something to be true so he says it is as often as he can, or one can find meaning in the person of Jesus and the Being of God.
Meaning, per se takes its authenticity from the being of God, as does scripture. Scripture is rightly interpreted when we are in union with the being of God, which means that in ministering from the new covenant we will be likely to speak revelation while from the old covenant not very likely at all.
TRUTH, LIFE AND WAY
‘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. The Spirit also gives light.
As new covenant Believers we are one with The Light because Christ has come in our flesh and we are one with God in the person of Jesus Christ. That which we believe shapes the reality that we think we live in. Thus in ‘the letter’ we will tend to treat the words as things in themselves and in separation from God’s being. But in the Spirit, which we means oneness with Christ we perceive the meaning of the written words in harmony with the Being of the Living Word.
THE NATURE OF BEING
Thomas Torrance observes, “As the one God he is a Communion of personal Being in himself, a Trinity in Unity and a Unity in Trinity. God is perfectly Three in One and One in Three. In this case, the three Persons of the Holy Trinity in their difference from One Another and in their oneness with One Another, are to be heard, and known and worshipped and glorified by us ‘as one Person (ν πρόσωπον).” (1) The are glorified when we read the written word in the oneness with God that is ours.
IT'S NOT FUNDAMENTALISM
The implication of the trinitarian reality is that knowing God is not merely knowing propositions and proof texts and is not known well from a position in the law. Why? Because the law is separation. Knowing God is participating in the Oneness that God is. We can do this because God has reached out and drawn us into fellowship with His being in the person of Jesus Christ. His Kingdom is personal and Family. It is by our inclusion is the trinity that we are one with God. It is by the tree of knowledge and the law that we are separated from God. Take care where you hitch your wagon. It will show but you might not know that it is showing.
Being part of the Body of Christ has a meaning that is dependent on our own position and mindset. If we are living from a legalistic mindset the words ‘part of the one loaf’ indicate a legalistic, notional belonging. It’s ‘belonging’ without content. If we are actually one with God because we agree with God that God has embraced us in Himself (the trinity) and that we are already included, we have a union of being that is similar to the communion that the trinity have with each other. The law version of knowledge is droplets. The oneness with God version is rivers of living water. One is more of the opiate of the people. The other is an infinite measure of spirit and life.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (pp. 161-162). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.