‘Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent’ John 17. 3 NIV.
We each possess union with God as the gift of eternal life. Much of religion lives in an assumed separation from God. Then markets itself as the way to overcome this. The implied claim of Adventism is that it is the way to union with God. The attempt to become one with God by keeping the law that is Adventism further separates Believers from God. More insidiously it manufactures a false christ - a lesser Jesus who is not so much the logos or the 'I AM' but a construct of the law. Any vision of Jesus seen through the law is a great delusion and any personal identity constructed through the law is crippled and amiss. You are who you are in the Christ of God.
The gospel of the Kingdom is a kingdom in which human beings are joined to God, are one with God and fellowship with God. This is not companionship with a generality or an abstraction. Nothing like the ‘Unmoved Mover’ here. Neither have we been joined to anything as impersonal as a programme of beneficial activities. We have been made one with the Source and Womb of all that is both God and wonderfully human.
A son or daughter of God does not have a faith in faith but a life in Jesus who is more personal than any relative or friend. Their ‘relationship’ is never just a relationship with a faith or one with the principle of union. Neither is it a relationship with ‘relationship’ as a construct. Spirit, life, love and joy come from union with God. You don’t have to live towards this. You are already in it - made one not by any effort of yours but places in union by God. Jesus is your union and your fellowship with Father and Holy Spirit.
We have a personal ‘oneness’ with God through Jesus and Holy Spirit. In them we are one with Father with whom Jesus lived in personal communion and constant enjoyment. In Jesus we are one with the Holy Family because they have come to live in us and are constantly with us. This is a great bonus because each member of the trinity is a distinct person which means that we have the pleasure of knowing God and fellowshipping with God in His unity and diversity. We can know each one and receive the ministry of their life and personhood in the creativity in which it flourishes. If there is anything that distinguishes our life in God, it ist is that it is personal.
This implies and it is the truth that our relationship with God is in His Spirit. It is found in the union of our spirit with His. Our relationship with God does not come through the Bible because this is an inert object. Our union with God has no mediation other than Himself in Holy Spirit. You are not only already one with God. He is with you and in you. A real relationship is always Father to sons and sons to Father. There is no intermediary apart from the trinity working together to succour you in their fellowship.
If the only relationship you have with God is through reading the Bible and its account of other people’s relationships, your fullness in Jesus will be small. If our spirituality is thought of as a re-iteration of why we are right and others are wrong we are greatly deluded. This is not spirit. Not spirituality at all. It is the fruit of the tree of death.
‘I tell you, among those born of women there is no one greater than John; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he’ Luke 7.28 NIV.
Every Believer has infinitely more of God today than did any person in the old testament including Moses. We have more of God than Elijah and David. There was no incarnation then like there is now. Today God takes up residence in all who will love His Son.
‘Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.’ John 14.23 NIV.
Through false doctrine and perverse teaching many have been robbed of this relationship. For them, union with God through the atonement and by being filled with Holy Spirit is a concept and not a reality. In their minds they remain in the old covenant with estranged Adam - estranged because false teaching and perverse revelation have robbed them of all that has been accomplished for them in Christ.
‘You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified’ Gal 3.1 NIV.
Still caught in a web of the law they are insulated from Christ in His fullness and encased in the law from which they have already been delivered. As a result they live in a state of alienation and woodenness rather than being fully human and fully alive in Christ’s spirit and life. None who live in the abstraction of the law can ever live in life to the full.
You have a life with God in the Spirit. As we are saying, this life with God is not some religious concept. It is union with God. It is you and Father being one just as it was with Jesus. This is the truth of the incarnation. You have this fellowship in the Spirit of Sonship. ‘Sonship’ is the clue that we are one with our Father. In God by the One Spirit, we increasingly become one with ourselves and one with other Believers.
Adventism denies the Spirit of Sonship by its teaching on the law and old covenant. It clutches its Adamic life as though it is a revelation. But it was not revealed by God. Rather by the Opponent of Christ.
‘See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ’ Col 2.8 NIV.
‘Elemental spiritual forces’ means adherence to law and performance. This is the flesh and the carnality of the natural man.
But here’s the problem. In this deception the law appears as the reality and Jesus becomes the shadow. He’s the little guy who props up the law and lives under it. In Adventism the incarnation of the fullness of God in you is a shadow. This law separates people from Christ, even while claiming to join them to it. Fortunately there is grace and by grace a few droplets of spirit and life seep through. But never rivers of living water.
‘Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?’ Gal 3.3 NIV.
Adventism has become a false christ and has made itself a little christ out of the Sabbath. The Sabbath has become a cover-all and a pseudo grace to cope with the impossibility of keeping the law.
Meanwhile the treasure of union with God and infinite life remains in the field, in a hole in the ground buried under the law. The great issue of this age is this: Will you live in union with the Fatherhood of God and be a son in spirit and in truth? Or will you live robbed, stultified and blinded in the law, unable to see God as He is or know yourself as you are in the gospel of Jesus and the apostles? In this gospel you are one with the Everlasting Father. In 'I AM' you are who you are and growing into the fullness of who you were designed to be. Or you are a shrivelled representation of who you may have been had you been enveloped in Christ’s gospel of the Kingdom.
‘They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer’ Acts 2.42 NIV.