People attempt at grasping who God is by taking the best version of themselves, projecting that to the nth degree, factoring in all the goodness they perceive, then, call that God.
He is not the best version of you. He is outside of who you are in your goodness. But He wants to be known and only the pure in heart will see Him. – 2 Sam. 22:25-27; Matt. 5:8
God lives in perpetual fullness, has no limitation, and is completely satisfied with Himself. Man was created to share this lifestyle with Him, viz., to live in perpetual fullness without limitations while being complete and whole. But by himself, man does not live this life nor is he is capable. The life of God is only possible inside a relationship with Jesus.
The life of God is the indwelling Holy Spirit having His way with man. This is not a mental exercise, not a doctrinal regime, but a living relationship with God. Sound Biblical doctrine on the Holy Spirit is good, and well – it’s, uh, sound! But it was never intended to be a substitute for Jesus and the vitality of the Holy Spirit’s life living in man.
Jesus challenged the Jews religious leaders because they were so stringent in the scriptures. These religious leaders were bound by the scriptures thinking they would find life in them, but did not recognize the author while He was present with them. He said they were proud in believing the scriptures, but without receiving Moses and his teaching, so how would it be possible for them to receive Him who Moses spoke about.
Bible doctrine for gentile believers today is like the law to the Jewish mind. It serves as a schoolmaster. It’s a wonderfully faithful tutor, but will never free you by itself. Only Jesus can do that. – John 5:39-47
Another way of understanding doctrine is like this. It represents clothing for the mind and heart. As they are renewed and changed by the revelation of Christ, the clothing must change also. The clothing of doctrine is never out of fashion with the person wearing it. It represents the belief system of humanity by giving skin to what is otherwise invisible. But like the skin on your body, it must grow with the dynamic of the life within.
Your doctrine must flex with the Christ in you. If your doctrine is out of step with this, your soul is in danger of dying an untimely sad death.
Jesus, while on earth, lived in the fullness of freedom as a fleshly human. The human God desires for all of us. He did not draw on His Power as God to do all He did. He did what He did as He drew on the life that was within Him, the life of Papa. He did this as a limited human being fully trusting in the Father’s life within Him. – John 5:27; Hebrews 4:15
He was tempted in every way that anyone is ever tried, yet He yielded to the Father’s life in Him, not the temptation. Temptations are the testing by an alien power of the possessions held by a personality. The possessions that were held in the person of the Lord Jesus were tested by the alien power know as Satan. He was tempted and so we are tempted.
We are tempted by what is held in the possession of our personality or rather in our soul. “In your patience, possess your own souls”, was the instruction from Jesus. (Luke 21:19) It’s obvious then; that humans are created this way and are given a choice to depend on Father’s love for help or cling to their independence in the time of trouble.
What’s in your closet?