‘Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness’ Col 2.7 NIV.
‘Roots in Him’ is our being in the person of God. Nothing else. We shine brightly when Christ by His Spirit comes in our flesh. An example of this was the transfiguration of Jesus. This mystery today is experienced when we live in what we have been given. Union between us and our Father.
The law is not spirit. Secondly it is not the truth for this age. You may think rules, laws, control and punishment is the solution for the world’s ills if you are a Muslim. Maybe also if you are a fundamentalist. But you should not be persuaded by this is if you are a Believer in Jesus and His new and living way. He is spirit and life and the link to the spirit/life of God. There is no law involved here. His life is your life. His person in you is your life. His fullness in you is your ability to love yourself and others and your freedom to be yourself without artifice or religious humbug. If there is anything that debilitates the glory of the church it is religion and humbug: The attempt to achieve union with God by human effort.
God desires people to worship Him in spirit and in truth. We can do this in the person of Jesus who is all things toward God for us - namely that in Him we are sons accurately in spirit and truth. In Spirit because we live by the spirit of sonship and in truth because Jesus is God in person , a human being and the person whose life transfuses us in the Spirit. It is He who has reborn us into who we are: The Sons of God in spirit and in truth.
Don’t expect to be a son of God in spirit and in truth if you are living from law, performance or from your head.
In the law you can be a figment of yourself. You can be a shadow of who you really are as a son of God. But you cannot live real holiness or be holy because God is holy. This is beyond anyone who lives in the structure and abstractions of the knowledge of good and evil. Why? Because you are separated from God in your mind. Not absorbed into spirit and truth we remain dormant in death and the lie: You can annul your separation from God by your own efforts.
People can love Jesus and live in separation from God because they are insulated from Him by attachment to the law, self manufactured veils, performance orientations and ‘other gospels.’ Separated in our mind our separation is just as real as if we are actually separated from God - which we are not. We have been drawn into God. This is the real meaning of the at-one-ment and the Lord’s Table. When we ‘eat’ Him He is our life.
‘Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me’ John 6.57 NIV.
Paul talked of ‘putting on Christ.’ The amazing fact of the new testament age is that God in three persons makes His home in you and shares His life in you and with you. His life is not a bunch of rule-keeping. It is original and unsullied life in itself. Such life is righteousness. It expels all kinds of sin and death arising from the foetid swamp of the law of sin and death that is law of Moses and the knowledge of good and evil.
‘You show that you are a letter from Christ,[the expression of Christ] the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts’ 2 Cor 3.3 NIV.
In the law we can never rise above the flesh. This is our dead spirit plus our un-energised soul and body separated from God. In Christ we are in the Spirit. We have His life. He joins us to Father and Holy Spirit. There is an artery of heavens life that flows from heavens throne room into us and into those people and things we touch. It is this artery of life that ignites those joined to Jesus - the body of Christ.
Those who eat His flesh and drink His blood are filled with the supernatural spirit life of heaven. Jesus said this is my blood of the new covenant because His death brought us His life - this stream of spirit that is the river of life that flows from heaven into earth through the sons and daughters of God.
‘Jesus said to them, "Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you’ John 6.53 NIV.
You are a son of God because you live in the joining to God that has been accomplished in Christ. You are an apostolic person not because you are are good, organised, or have built a large church but because you are a son of your Father, being one with Father in Jesus and doing what Father is doing because you and Father are one. This is the head-waters of the rivers of life that flow from you.
It is possible for whole churches to move in this union with God - not by jumping through hoops, forty days of fasting or by some new element of the Try-harder Gospel. Christ is already in you and you are one with God. You are a son. Live from who you are and from where you have been placed.