A word picture that came to mind after my last post may help illustrate the difference I am talking about in how we address our connection to God. Many “gospel centered” writers – though certainly not all – paint the following picture of our connection to our heavenly Father.
Let’s say that you are standing in the hall of a great house. Your Father is patting you on the head. He says, “You are totally accepted by Me. I love you. I will always love you. There is nothing you can do to lose my love. You are approved by Me. Your sins are completely forgiven. There is nothing more you need to do to “earn” my favor. Christ did it all when He died in your place on the cross.” It is a beautiful and true message.
Then your Father proceeds down the hall and enters His study. He shuts the door and you see a sliver of light shining into the hall from under the door. You are left to figure out your next steps based on His commands, instructions, etc. And there you are, on your own to live the life.
Now let’s think of another scenario, a picture that I believe illustrates the New Testament message. You have received the Father’s message of forgiveness, approval, acceptance, and love. But you are not left standing in the hall. No, the study door has been flung open and the light pours out into the hall. And you hear the Father calling your name.
You rush into His holy chamber and in an instant you are on your Father’s lap, crying “Abba Father”. Yes, this is where you belong. And the Father lovingly cradles you and says, “I don’t want you left in the hall. I want you right here. In fact, I want you so close that I, the Maker of the Universe; I, the Creator of the World; I, the Sovereign over all sovereigns, am coming to live right inside of you and you will live your life inside of Me. I in you, and you in Me.”
That is the connection you have with your Father. It is a connection that is unbreakable. It is a connection that is unshakeable. It is a connection that is full of power, energy, righteousness, and everything you need to live the Christian life.
It is a connection we will continue to explore in the days to come. But for now, let me leave you with a few truths to dwell on, and to ask yourself, “Do I really believe this is true?”
You are not divine, but you contain the Divine. “You are a partaker of the divine nature” II Pet. 1:4.
You are not deity, but you contain the Deity. “We have this treasure in earthen vessels” II Cor 4:7.
You are not the Christ, but the Christ lives inside you. “In that day you shall know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you” Jn 14:20.