We can live in the wholeness of God. Or we can live in little boxes. Joe worked hard all the week in his ‘his time’. Then served God in his ‘god-time’ on the weekend. His ‘serving’ was dutiful. But mainly lifeless – lacking spirit and life. ‘Service’ is what we do as a thing. Spirit and life is what we are as sons in the new covenant Kingdom of God.
There’s no sacred and secular in the Kingdom of God. Jesus has made all things one by drawing us and the cosmos into Himself. A life lived out of the knowledge of good and evil conditions us to live from compartments and from bits and pieces of time and place – like living on a draft board and leaping from square to square. In Adamic mode we live from an artificially bisected reality – from a restrictive grid pattern that desiccates the flow and wholeness of life. This reality is innately separationist – separating us from oneness with God, from ourselves and from oneness with life. Work with someone captured in this grid and it’s a challenge. They live out of limits because they are living from limitation. Such partners are not only separated from spirit and life. They are also cut-off from the spirit of wisdom and revelation.
If sin is the transgression of the law then it follows that holiness is the keeping of rules. (It’s not of course) Fundamentalism presents a bitty view of holiness – a view that is fragmented and entirely inadequate. As rule-keepers we are not Godly. On the other hand if we are Godly we will not be defined as rule-keepers. But we will be sons of God emitting spirit and life.
‘Sin’ is separation from God. ‘Sinning’ is the result of this separation. Sinning degrades our humanity – and if it were not for the accomplishments of the trinity (See the Divine Conspiracy) – sinning would separate us from God. But as it is, we are one with our Father.
‘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.
If you don’t realise this at present realise it today. You are one with God as a sinner and one with Him before you repent. We repent of ourselves and our ways because we are included. Not in order to get included.
Jesus forgave sins but did something more important. He made us one with God. The key fact of the new testament age is our union with God. God’s life becomes our life. Our life as defined by God’s life and His life expressed in us as life without limit. The intimate fellowship the trinity enjoy is now our fellowship with God and our peace with self and communion with others. The spirit of Christ will join you with those you are meant to be joined with – by nature and according to His purpose. Don’t manufacture community. Let Him lead and express this through you.
The gospel of the Kingdom is entirely holistic. It’s Christ life as ours and the life of the trinity as ours. Jesus saved the people from their sins. He washed us by His blood. He undid our Adamic separation with His body. He manifests in us by His Spirit. Agree with this. Embrace it. Flourish in the reality that is Christ!
Righteousness construed in the ‘knowledge of good and evil mode’ is dichotomous and polemical. Righteousness defined as us being the righteousness of God in Christ is holistic. He makes us whole by joining us to Himself and gracing us with His life as ours. Writing on the at-one-ment Christian Kettler says,
‘The vicarious humanity of Christ speaks of the wholeness, the beauty of the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. This harmony is initiated by God’s solidarity with humanity in the incarnation. Again, the downward movement of solidarity, from God to humanity comes first, succeeded by the upward movement from humanity to God in Christ’s vicarious faith and obedience to the Father on our behalf. In this act he becomes our substitute, not only in paying the penalty for sin, but also in the entirety of our humanity.’ (1)
This entirety of our humanity and all-encompassing life is what Paul means in speaking of Christ our life. This is the foundation of the gospel, the core of the Kingdom and the soil of the anointing.
‘For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’ Col 3.3,4 NIV. This glory – the glory of Christ and the glory of you and Christ begins now. You can live in this simply by agreeing with what God has done for you in Jesus.
(1) Kettler, Christian D. The Breadth and Depth of the Atonement: The Vicarious Humanity of Christ in the Church, the World, and the Self: Essays, 1990–2015 (p. 38). Pickwick Publications, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Kindle Edition.