We did not come from dust and we are not heading to ashes. We were birthed out of the trinity and have been redeemed and certified into the belonging of their fellowship. Our spirit and life is increasing as we live more fully in our inheritance of sonship and we are advancing from glory to glory as agents of the new creation.
Most of us are more than we know. Which is to say some know who we are because they are marinating themselves in the person of Jesus – not in the law, religion and Christian clichés. The truth that we have a supernatural origin and a ‘sons of God destiny’ is not mean enough for some. The parsimonious Christianity to which some adhere crushes spirit and life out of them in the name of Godliness. They take offence when it is stated that to see Jesus is to see who you really are. They like to wallow in their supposed original sin rather than shout about original blessing and our heading into our unfolding glory. Not enough, ‘You have to pay’ in in it for the religious spirit.
MORE THAN ENOUGH
Well, we have paid in full in Jesus. And because He is our life we are graced in Him and being reproduced in His image every day. We are always who we are in Jesus. Never who we are in a morbid sin-obsession. This kind of identity comes from the father of lies. Jesus primary mission was not to deal with sin. It was and is to restore life without limit and undo lies that roam the Christian campus as sacred cows. His life is our life. It certifies our identity as daughters and sons, nurtures us in union with Father and drives out all forms of degradation. Francois Du Toit writes,
“One of the greatest teachers in the Celtic world, John Scotus Eriugena in ninth-century Ireland, also taught that Christ is our memory. We suffer from the “soul’s forgetfulness,” he says. Christ comes to reawaken us to our true nature. He is our epiphany. He comes to show us the face of God. He comes to show us also our face, the true face of the human soul. This leads the Celtic tradition to celebrate the relationship between nature and grace.
Instead of grace being viewed as opposed to our essential nature or as somehow saving us from ourselves, nature and grace are viewed as flowing together from God. They are both sacred gifts. The gift of nature, says Eriugena, is the gift of “being”; the gift of grace, on the other hand, is the gift of “well-being.” Grace is given to reconnect us to our true nature. At the heart of our being is the image of God, and thus the wisdom of God, the creativity of God, the passions of God, the longings of God. Grace is opposed not to what is deepest in us but to what is false in us. It is given to restore us to the core of our being and to free us from the unnaturalness of what we are doing to one another and to the earth.” - from Christ of the Celts, posted by Francois Du Toit on Facebook.
With Jesus as our life we live from our design as sons and daughters of God. With laws and formulae as our life we live a kind robotic life. We are no more and no less than a program – but something less than human and doing it in the name of God. The core of the spirit of sonship is personhood and we have this in spades in our interwoveness with God.
To live from Christ our life is to live graced in the fullness of personhood. This is the true meaning of holiness and wholeness. Holiness has nothing to do with an effete piety and everything to do with being sons of God in spirit and in truth. In this kind of personhood we are life-giving spirits who advance the new creation.