By slight of hand the Enemy drew Adam into separation from God. By persuading the pair that they could be more like God; by implication denying who they were, he seduced them into the illusion of a higher state of godliness – a state of being that resulted in their separation from Father and from their true selves.
Separation from God produced the illusion of God and not God. Or more correctly the categories of good and evil. Both were a consequence of separation from God. They became the normal, yet perverse mode of living from a split reality rather than in union with God. The fall produced dualism – the dichotomised view of reality and of ourselves. God fixed this in His Son. When Paul writes, ‘Made the two one’ in Ephesians much more than Jews and Gentiles are covered. It means humans were made one with God, themselves and each other.
Dualism is the habit of seeing everything in opposites. They call it ‘binaries’ today, where things are explained as in opposition to something else. A paralysing dualism is the habit of defining issues as left or right. This has more to do with fear and selfishness than any intention to give life. Issues are never this simple. It is an example of the split vision that is inherent in the knowledge of good and evil. Wholeness as opposed to fragmentation is ours when in God we live, move and have our being. This is irrelevant to the self-confident non-believer. But for the Believer it is the difference between seeing with blind eyes and the eyes of the Kingdom.
Life in the Spirit is the effect and reality of union with God and consequently called life in The One Spirit. If the fall divided reality, the cross united it. In Jesus the ‘two were made one.’ You will see that here we are talking of deeper things than Jews and Gentiles being made one. We are talking of the healing of creation.
Richard Rohr makes a very insightful observation when he writes
‘Finally God is allowed to be fully incarnate, which was supposed to be Christianity's big trump card from the beginning! It has taken us a long time to get here, and dualistic thinkers still cannot jump the hurdle.’
Incarnate – what does that mean? It means the presence of Christ in you and manifest in the church. If you have ever wondered why much of the church is a damp squib there is a reason. Where the church is the manifestation of Christianity, it is weak. Where the church is the manifestation of Jesus as ordinary folks it is strong.
Dualism manifests itself in various expressions like, ‘What would Jesus do?’ Or ‘Keeping close to Jesus.’ Since the cross we and Jesus are one. We are part of Him. As such, we do by the Spirit what Jesus is doing now. No separation here. No wondering what He is thinking. When Jesus is our life we are thinking His thoughts.
This because we are sons. And more. Jesus is expressed as you. Keeping this in mind,
the words ‘Keeping close to Jesus’ can be seen as the nonsense they are. The trinity have taken up residence in you being. The least we can do is agree with this and live from it rather than from some imagined separation. Avoid these clichés and live in your inheritance of union with God. Don’t fall into the old religious trap of nonsense made sacred.
STILL LIVING OUT OF DEATH
When we say old covenant we mean humanity separated in Adam’s separation. The innate dualism of the old covenant is often revealed in old covenant grounded praise and worship leaders. They will talk about ‘the song’ and have words to say about ‘this song’ and go on about how ‘this song’ was written. But in this age we are part of Christ who inspired the song and more. In the age of the Spirit and in the life of the Spirit we are one with God and we are the song.
Christians grounded in a law-culture fall naturally into dualism. In their framework the law is separate from God and so are they. In the culture and life of the Spirit you are one with God and you possess what was once the possession of Jesus. Today you and the Father are one. Jesus’ call to us today is to live from where He has placed us – in Him and with the trinity. In Christ we belong. ‘They’ are in us and we are in them. Rest in this and streams of living water will flow from your life.
‘Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them’ John 14.23 NIV.
‘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.