ONE FATHER


Father placed in every heart the desire to be someone and do something notable. These are prime motivations of the sons and daughters of God. The twin peaks of our identity in God are our sonship and the Bride of Christ. There is no dichotomy here. In Christ we are both the children of the Father and the wife that came forth from His side. In both senses we are the expression of God. We have one Father who is God and one husband who is Christ. Both facets present the one ground of our being: Our Father. In Him we live, move and have our being.

'And do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven' Matt 23.9 NIV.

Worship in spirit and in truth is ours because we are formed in God and express God as His daughters and sons. We come forth from Him and we do all that He planned for us to do. This is the alpha and omega of our identity and purpose. It it how we advance the gospel of the Kingdom and not just a random gospel of religious activism. In the Kingdom our identity and purpose are a function of the already achieved union with God that is ours in God's Son. Neither circumcision or Sabbath-keeping mean anything. What counts is new creation flowing through those who have become sons and daughters of God.

But this can be too simple for some. So they cling to an identity that is in themselves, their beliefs and culture. They seek a specialness that comes from a 'special revelation' or some addition to the gospel of the apostles. Never mind that it is un-Biblical or that it degrades what Jesus accomplished for us and stifles His life in our fellowships. This identity is 'their father.' 'It is our identity and we're sticking to it'. Even if it implies that Father disagrees with Himself and we ourselves are consigned to be dead men walking, muttering, "I hope I have done enough." But you don't need to 'do enough' because 'done enough' was done by Jesus so that you can live in Father's embrace and honour Him as sons.

'For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers' Rom 8.38 NIV.

Working harder, studying one's Bible more will not help us if we are out of sync with what Father accomplished for us in Christ. Clinging to extra-Biblical doctrines and old covenant mind-sets separates us from our real identity in Father as sons. We define ourselves as deviants with a mission attempting to gain a special status in an identity separate from that which is ours in the Father.

'I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!' Gal 2.21 NIV.

The Holy Spirit was never meant to be a fertilizer for tares. Baptism in the Holy Spirit and the state of being called 'Spirit-filled' cannot help us if we are attempting to live from a denominationally based identity. The very attempt stifles the Spirit and suffocates Christ in us. What starts well in the Spirit will inevitably fade into the flesh and stalemate. We have one husband who is Christ. One Father who is the Father of all that is. There is a choice to be made. Will we be the sons and daughters of God or will be drum up some identity of our own and pretend to be helping God when we are in fact bastard children of another god.

To advance an identity that is 'us centered' is to perpetuate and separate from ourselves from what Father has done. It is is to perpetuate the fall of 'the fall.' This is the attempt to be godly in our own vision and define as good things those that are not. Believers have no right to an extra-Jesus identity or any perspective that maintains the law and the seeking of righteousness in things that are not Christ. If the new covenant means that Christ is our life, it also means that Christ is our identity and that in the Father we are sons. If we are alive in God's Son we can respond with authority to any challenge voiced as 'If you are the sons of God..' If we are attempting life in some version of ourselves we cannot and will not be sons. In attempting this lesser identity we become subject to the Enemy and the plaything of circumstances. We choose the identity of slave rather than son.