THE NAKED ONENESS
We have a life in God. We become Godly as we learn to live in God and not in ourselves, our works and beliefs about God. The bottom line is Christ come in our flesh. In this Reality we become people full of grace and truth. Here we not are not only kind and gracious to others but are people who are the real version of ourselves. Not some faint rendition of our person muffled in the pride of life or the garments of religion.
We are alive in Christ and not in religion – not even in making religion out of the Holy Spirit. If we have spent most of our lives in a powerless kind of religion - the kind Paul called a form of godliness without power - we will be astonished at the spirit and life available to us when we obey Jesus instruction not to leave home without the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Nevertheless it is Jesus who is our Saviour and Jesus who has accomplished our union with God and established for us a life in union with God on account of the incarnation. Our life is about this life in God.
THE PRIMACY OF JESUS
“Holy Spirit hides himself from us behind the Father in the Son and behind the Son in the Father, so that we do not know him face to face in his own ὑπόστασις. Through him the Son of God became incarnate, but he [THE SPIRIT] did not incarnate himself among us. He is the one Spirit in whom the Father communicates himself to us through the Son and in whom we have access to the Father, He is the invisible Light in whose shining we see the uncreated Light of God manifest in Jesus Christ, but he is known himself only in that he lights up for us the Face of God in the Face of Jesus Christ.” (1)
BRANCHES OF THE VINE
Holy Spirit and the gifts are not the Kingdom of God. But Christianity without the Spirit and the anointing is a feeble version of the Kingdom of God and a muted sonship.
If we make a life for ourselves out of Christ come in our flesh we will have done well. The anointing and the gifts must be rooted in the new covenant to be much use. If Christ in us is the hope of glory we pursue and which we become, we will glorify God and ourselves. It’s not complicated.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 151). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.