‘I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!’ Gal 2.21 NIV. What Christian make of this is important to one’s enjoyment of the Christian life. Because what it plainly means is that one can be immersed in a kind of Christianity that is absent of Christ. Form without substance is humbug, which is why we should avail ourselves of our inheritance, which is life without limit.
The fact is everyone belongs. We were created by God to enjoy what the trinity enjoys - fellowship and the adventure of creation. So, we began with belonging. Satan created a fissure between Father and ourselves. Suggesting that Father was hiding something; that He was unreliable and preventing us being who we could become by a certain under-handedness. We bought the lie that we would do better as independents. And so, separation was born, and our distrust of Father grew into a phobia and a culture of alienation and distrust – often solidified in religion. We bought the lie that we do not belong.
But we do.
CULTURE OF NOT BELONGING
Believers can live in contradiction and confusion, stating on the one hand that they belong to the Body but acting on the other hand that they belong because they participate in a kind of ‘contract’ in which they ‘do’ a list of Christian things, or refrain from other things, or overtly live from the laws of Moses. This implies that they do not belong until they have done them.
Either we ‘belong’ because we are included, or we try to belong because we have ticked the boxes to make ourselves included. But this is not the doctrine of the apostles or of Christ and not your inheritance, even if it is the common thread of many religions.
FABRIC OF GOOD AND EVIL CULTURE
‘Not belonging’ is the foundation of old covenant religion, try-harder gospels and the supposition embedded in much religion; that we must do something to bridge the gap between ourselves and God.
THE VERY GOOD NEWS
The truth is that today – you and Father are one – if you believe. (Actually, you are one if you don’t believe but this belonging is not your possession given that we create our own reality by what we believe). This is why we are urged in live in the light of Christ and not in cunningly devised fables that become embedded as accepted Christianity. Reality is Christ, which means that we live in a great advantage when we live in what Christ, Father and Holy Spirit have determined is REAL.
Jesus said, "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. His teaching is that He is our life.
PART OF GOD
Jesus Christ has made us part of His life. We are included in the fellowship of the trinity. God in Christ has woven God into our being and we are woven in Christ into the fabric of the Holy Family. Today this is the basic fact of existence. We are one with God in fact. Unfortunately we can be separated from God in the fictitious beliefs of our mindsets that arise from poor teaching, false doctrine and ‘other gospels.’ We are one in spirit and truth when we have the mind of Christ; when we believe and live in the position in which Christ has placed us: In fellowship with Jesus, Father and Holy Spirit.
Father’s command is to believe His Son. Jesus’ testimony is I AM YOUR LIFE.
‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20. ‘Oneness’ is our inheritance and our reality. It is the righteousness, the life and the presence of God infused into our being. God has nor infused the law into us. He has incarnated us with Himself. This understanding marks the difference between workers and sons.
SPIRIT AND TRUTH
Jesus told the woman at the well that we are true worshipers – not when we worship at a certain place or at a certain time - but when we worship in spirit and in truth. We are spirit and truth as sons and daughters when we trust Jesus as our life. To trust in Jesus, to regard Him as our life; to find ourselves in Jesus – is to undo what Adam did – separate us from God. Jesus joined us to God. What God has put together let no one separate.
POOR IN SPIRIT SEE GOD
We are the sons of God. Refusing to see ourselves as such is not humility. It’s unbelief.
In the parable of the talents Jesus gave out funds for people to invest. This gold represents our new covenant inheritance – the real gospel of the Kingdom. Some received and invested with good results. One – the Unbelieving Believer - ignored the gift on the grounds that it seemed too good to be true. Which is to say that he thought that the Master could not be trusted to minister life in the Spirit.
So, the potential investor ignored the funds and took to relying on His own resources – the law and the flesh come in the flesh. He had acceded once again to Satan’s original deception. Demons chuckled. “It works every time with some of them,” they snorted.
William Paul Young of The Shack, writes, “The Gospel is a declaration of something totally finished apart from our agreement or vote. Inside that declaration is an ongoing and relentless invitation to deepening relationship but any lack of belief or participation on our part has no power to negate the accomplished truth of that declaration.” So why not step into the truth and get with the strength?
There’s a treasure in the field. The field is your heart. All you need to do is to say, ‘Yes.’ You have made me belong and I say, “I do.”