Christ Expressed as You and as Us

PERICHORESIS

Years ago while reading Leanne Payne I observed that such a woman as she was revealing herself to be was an apostle, while not a few with very large churches who had presented themselves as apostles were not.

APOSTOLICITY

To be apostolic one much live incarnated. Which means that those who will not live in new covenant incarnation can never be apostles of the new creation. Public figures no doubt and apostles of Christianity but not apostles of the Kingdom of God. Apostleship is not based on the miracles or signs or the ability to attract a large following. Apostleship is based on oneness with God. The oneness of the same nature that Jesus had with Father and that the trinity has with each other. This is not a state of being belonging to a spiritual elite. It belongs to all as our inherited incarnation.

ONENESS OF BEING

Jesus was an apostle because He was the expression of the Father. Believers are apostolic when they are the manifestation of Christ and thus of the trinity. Not everyone is an apostle but all who live in their possession of oneness with God are apostolic.

CAVEAT

We cannot live from the law and be apostolic. Many figures have a following but they are not spiritual leaders and certainly not apostolic if they are not living from the most important achievement of the cross: new covenant union with God.

Perichoresis is the word that describes our state of being in our incarnated new covenant life. As each member of the trinity is a person yet part of the other so we are part of God and in this union made fully ourselves. 

Legalism misses the point of the oneness God has given us and separationism, even with the anointing and the gifts, puts us in an independent cylinder of being when we are in fact one with God. Unfortunately this misunderstanding is a cultural red herring that makes the Kingdom of God a domain words instead of potency.

Stephen Morrison observes, “
We often define personhood in terms of isolation, but this is the opposite of what theological language means when describing God as “one being, three persons.” In the light of the perichoresis, we have to see the term “person” as a technical term which cannot be casually defined through creaturely understanding. Persons, in Trinitarian theology, are strictly perichoretical persons, persons who co-inhere in one another.

Morrison, Stephen D.. T. F. Torrance in Plain English (Plain English Series Book 2) (p. 109). Beloved Publishing, LLC. Kindle Edition.