It boggles the mind that there is a PERSON WHO IS LIFE ITSELF. This is entirely mad in the natural but conclusively real in the spiritual. ‘In Him all things hold together. ’ How cool is that. How cool is it that the One in whom all that is finds its meaning and function is also our Lord, Elder Brother, King and a human being who rejoices with Father and Holy Spirit in the God called the Trinity? How wonderful that this heavenly family lives in us.
I have just visited a website for a church in Sydney. Their motto is. ‘IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS. ’ How cool and life-giving is that?! If it’s all about Jesus then it can’t be all about sin. Thankfully it’s not. It’s all about life. The life of God, the life of God in you and the adventure of your journey as a glorious son/daughter of God. The Kingdom of God is not primarily about good deeds. Neither is it mainly about charity work. Firstly it is about the revelation of our Father to you by Jesus and Holy Spirit. Secondly it is about the revelation of God through you – as sons and daughters of our Father.
In my days of elementary Christianity, I believed that I needed to deal with every sin as I committed it. At times I was quite busy annulling the guilt I momentarily experienced from giving cheek to my Mum or using bad language when something went wrong. I felt I needed a clean slate so as not to miss out on heaven. Heaven to my mind might return at any moment in the clouds with every eye seeing Him – to see me as I did not want to be seen.
Jesus’ death and resurrection means I have been drawn into His life, and not only His but I have been position by grace in the life of the trinity.
Today I still believe that Jesus deals with every sin. I do take individual sins to Him. I’m no longer insecure or bothered about ‘missing out. ’ I know that in Jesus I am ‘defined in’ and that I have access and fellowship with our Father entirely on Jesus account. I know that I belong – always. I know that Jesus died on the cross and now lives for me and in me. I know that grace is the possession of a life that is not my own as if it is. His life as mine. My life in Him.
I know that Father does not count my life or my individual sins against me. I know that in knowing Jesus I know our Father. I know that He is not tricky, mean or law-obsessed. And I rejoice in the understanding that He is not religious and not given to humbug but truly loving, and has our back as well as our front and sides.
But more important that all this, I know that God is not sin obsessed. That He is obsessed with loving me and mine and people I do not like. I know that He is passionately involved in loving us all and restoring us to the reality and spirit of Sonship. Francois Du Toit writes,
“Sin is not about things you do or don’t do - sin is missing out on Sonship!
“John 8:31 Jesus then said to those Jews who were believing in him, ‘To take my word to its complete conclusion and then to abide in seamless union with its logic is to truly be my disciples. ’
(Jesus is not referring to some future “red-letter-edition Bible. ” He is speaking about the Logos defining his “I am-ness” face to face with God before time was, then documented in prophetic language in ancient scripture and now unveiled in incarnate human form, as in a mirror). 8:32 In this abiding you will fully know the truth about yourself and knowing the truth will free you to be who you are!
8:33 They answered him, “We are the seed of Abraham; we have have never been anybody’s slaves! Why do you suggest that we are not free? ” 8:34 Jesus answered and said, ‘I say unto you with absolute certainty that everyone engaging in the distorted mindset of sin is a slave to it! (Sin is not about things you do or don’t do - sin is missing out on Sonship!)
The sin-system is governed by the idea of justification by personal effort, performance and pretense; which is the typical fruit of the ‘I am-not-mindset’ which Peter refers to as the futile ways we inherited from our fathers. (1 Peter 1:18)
8:35 The difference between the slave and the son is that the slave only works there. For the son the father’s house is home!
8:36 With the freedom found in Sonship there is no pretense! (Free indeed! The word, ontoos, indeed is the opposite to what is pretended.) ”
No pretense indeed. As sons rather than slaves we are free to be who we are. Our adventure is growing into the fullness of Christ and in so doing revealing who we really are as the sons and daughters of God. In Christ and as sons of our Father, the greatest witness we can be is simply to be ourselves. I found this somewhere in Rick Joyner’s writing and wrote it down. It reveals what happens when Christ, rather than our surroundings and preoccupations, is our life.
‘The first step to fulfilling your purpose is to be yourself. The whole world will try to fashion you into what it wants you to be, but true leaders resist this bondage and determine to make their world what they want it to be. ’