KNOWING GOD MORE
It’s instructive that Jesus said, ‘No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.’ Jesus will reveal Himself and our Father as they are to all whose desire is to know Him as He is. The Spirit of Jesus in us will reveal this truth, this I AM OF God, to the I am of us. The authentic revelation about God comes from God when we have a genuine relationship with Him - a relationship that is a direct encounter with His Spirit. Jesus has come in our flesh so He is never far away. It’s a matter of accessing what we already have.
GOD DESIRES YOU
God desires to have the same relationship with us that He has with Father and Holy Spirit. He bears witness to this from within our being because He has interwoven Himself into us. Knowledge of God and ourselves comes from relationship. Never from externalities. The law does not define God and neither does it define us. Jesus defines us and it is in His life that we are who we are: Sons of God.
We will never know him from the law or from a position of attempted legalistic obedience. Genuine obedience is to agree with Jesus that we and Father are one and rest in His ability to manifest in us and reveal Himself too us. Torrance assures us that,
“If we try to reach knowledge of God from some point outside of God, we cannot operate with any point in God by reference to which we can test or control our conceptions of him, but are inevitably flung back upon ourselves. Even if we relate God negatively to what we are in ourselves, we are nevertheless quite unable to escape using ourselves as some sort of measure for what we think and say of him. Thus in the last resort it is with reference to our private opinion (κατὰ τὸν ἴδιον νοῦν), and what we arbitrarily think up or devise (ἑπινοεῖν) from ourselves, that we form judgments about both the Son and the Father, which is precisely what the Arians were accused of doing.” (1)
Such partisan ‘gospels’ can vary from nonsense to ‘other gospels’ that are actually ‘no gospel at all.’ Belonging to the Body of Christ because we have taken His name is irrelevant if the gospel we have is not His gospel but a revisionist gospel that takes us back to the old covenant and the law. A life in Moses is a life in Adam. But Christ our life is a life interwoven into the trinity.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Trinitarian Faith: The Evangelical Theology of the Ancient Catholic Church (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 51). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.