You were made to live in God, which is to say you were made to live in fellowship with the trinity and enjoy that oneness and delight that is theirs together and in their distinctiveness of being themselves in spirit and in truth. The members of the trinity find their identity in being themselves in communion with each other. This is substantially what it means to say that God is I AM. The community of the trinity is the model for us as individuals, for marriage, family and the church.
‘That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me’ John 17.21 NIV.
Each person of the God-Head lives in intimacy and communion with the other. They are known as they are and celebrated for their similarity to each other and their difference. In then is no shadow of fear or turning away from the other. They are themselves in spirit and truth.
Intimacy, genuine love, communion, freedom and creativity come from the union of persons. This is to say that life, love and righteousness are sourced in union – in our case in union with God. Because of the cross, Pentecost and the incarnation this union is ours, our inheritance and the reality in which we are invited to live. No need to strive for this, earn it or repent sufficiently. It is ours. It is what promotes repentance and belonging.
‘And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ–everything in heaven and on earth’ Eph 1.10 NLT.
Many people live from a mix of performance and separation. Others are outright law-mongers. All of the above implies that in order to live in our glory we must live from union with God and nothing less. So away with a life in the law which by nature condemns and separates. Be done with religion that blurs the reality of God, stifles our distinctiveness and makes us vulnerable to those who sell it. Why live in religion when Christ Himself wants to be your life?
Richard Rohr writes, ‘I believe that we have no real access to who we really are except in God. Only when we rest in God can we find the safety, the spaciousness, and the scary freedom to be who we are, all that we are, more than we are, and less than we are. Only when we live and see through God can “everything belong.” All other systems exclude, expel, punish, and protect to find identity for their members, in ideological perfection or some kind of “purity.” The contaminating element always has to be searched out and scolded. Apart from taking up so much useless time and energy, this effort keeps us from the one and only task of love and union.’