You can live substantially in the light. While not knowing everything you can enter into the fullness of the WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE, without being a bigot and without presumption. You can have a great degree of certainty and spiritual discernment. As participants in the trinity we share in what they are seeing. This is another way in which reality is Christ.
We enter this state of revelation and confidence when the person of Jesus is our life. This involves a work of the cross and the sword of the Spirit with the slicing off of everything that is not Christ and the progressive separation from our spirit of all that is religious and a remnant of Adam and Moses. Today it is Christ come in our flesh. Not the flesh come in our flesh.
Both Adam and Moses represent the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Adam because he seeks to be like God in separation from God. Moses because of his merely partial view of God and because he is but a school master to lead us to the fullness of Christ. Nevertheless, it was Moses who with Father set captives free and who witnessed the burning bush which was a prophetic picture of the incarnation: Christ in us.
Adam with his knowledge of good and evil makes for a binary outlook, with both relative and contradictory positions. Moses and the law can only portray a caricature of God and His rear parts. It takes Jesus, the Son of God to portray our Father in His fullness. In the tree and the law one does not see Father fully or realise oneself in completeness. This is what awaits us when Jesus becomes our life. Our Jesus life is union with God. Our law-life was separation from God.
There is nothing in the feasts or the rites and Sabbaths of Judaism that is incumbent on us to perform today. There is no life in a rite, no spirit in a behaviour. Infinite and eternal life is Christ in us. All life flows from the trinity and is funnelled into us through Jesus. The Ten Commandments have been made irrelevant by Christ. Not only do they belong to the realm of the knowledge of good and evil. They never did transform people.
‘Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear?’ Acts 15.10 NIV.
‘We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers’ 1 Tim 1.9 NIV. Christianity is not a war against immorality or an anti-sin crusade. It is Christ our life – a life that reveals God and unleashes God in us.
Ensure that you are multiplying the Kingdom of God’s Son and not a common religious mythology that negates Jesus’ death on your behalf, undoes all God has achieved for you in Christ and poses as an improvement when it actually a medium of death. ‘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.
Jesus is more than a teacher of righteousness. He is your life. His life is your life. With the trinity in you, you have come alive and you touch dead things and resurrect them with His life. When Christ is your life YOU ARE SPIRIT AND LIFE!
There is no valid perspective on union with God, other than that declared by Jesus, John and Paul. The new covenant itself is not a formula or some new law. It is simply a description of the fact that Christ alone is your life – defined by some as the vicarious humanity of Jesus for the human race.
The one way of union with God and transformation is the LIVING WAY of Jesus who is the spirit, life and presence of God alive and manifesting in us. The order that holds the universe together is a person- the person of Jesus. He is the logos, the living word and the law of the spirit of life. The order of the universe is God Himself. There is no law separate from God and never was. It has always been true that in Him, we live, move and have our being. So does the creation.
The new creation comes into being as we agree that God has joined us to Himself, that we are now living in Him and express His spirit and life as sons. This spirit and life flows from us into all we do. Never restricted to church, grottoes, Holy Mountains, feast days, Jewish ceremonies, Sabbaths, or the front part of the church, this life flows from the trinity, into you and into all you touch.
‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NIV.
There is only one rite in the new covenant age that Jesus insists that we celebrate. This is the Lords Table. Even then, the Spirit and life is not in the table, the wine, the bread or the rite. It is Christ’s spiritual person and body as your life. In His person who are fully alive. Your movements are His purpose for you and you have the real identity and design of your real self as a son/daughter of God. You are not a worker, or a slave. You are a son/daughter of God.
The Holy Spirit incorporates believers into Christ in a profound way. Everything that is Christ’s as the ‘man’ for us becomes ours through our spiritual union with him. This christological focus and the Pauline language of ‘in/with Christ’ help our understanding of the two aspects of the work of the Spirit. First, in relation to Christ, the Spirit is the one who empowers, enables, bonds and mediates the presence and power of God. Second, in relation to the believer the Spirit places us ‘in’ or ‘with’ Christ, so that his justification, adoption, sanctification, and glorification become ours.” (1)
The Spirit of Jesus lives in us. He becomes our flesh and blood. This rite reminds us and insists that we live in the dynamic with which we have been gifted: The incarnation. Since Christ is our life, fellowship with the trinity is our life. We belong. We are joined. We are one in the spirit of our Father. We express His life because He is our life come in our flesh, igniting our spirit and our soul.
(1) Habets Myk, Theosis in the Theology of Thomas Torrance. P144.