I really enjoyed what my friend Rob Horton has shared on his blog, http://www.robhorton.us/
(robhorton_(re)formation_catalyzation Matrix: Possibilities Continued)
I have been of the persuasion that man (Adam) when created and placed in the Garden was nature-less, and it was the two trees (one, the tree of Life, the other, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil) that pointed to that reality becoming realized in this nature-less creation called man.
'Nature' is a definitive word: The essential characteristics and qualities of a person or thing: "She was only strong and sweet and in her nature when she was really deep in trouble". The fundamental character or disposition of a person; temperament: The natural or real aspect of a person, place, or thing.Also the word 'attribute', A quality or characteristic inherent in or ascribed to someone or something.
Now, lets look at what Paul has to say regarding nature.
Ephesians 2:2-4, In which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us.
I am more convinced than ever that Love, (God is Love) which was seen in a shadow form or type in the Tree of Life, was to be what would truly define and crown God's highest creation-man!
In the re-birthing, it is my understanding that the essential nature of God being Love, is what we are to become, living expression at the core of our being, lovers.
I like how Peter describes his insight into this inner miracle of grace working in the new creation: Seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.
Years ago my wife and I took a Dale Carnegie leadership training course. Even then at that time being believers, we could see that as good as this course was, it was most evident to us, that people who did not know the Lord (God is Love) saw this training course to be a tool to change them from the outside in.
Please here me when I say we were believers at that time, yes we were, but we as most believers, lived in much the same way as those not professing any kind of religious adherence.
It is very easy to become a believer-Christian, and yet not knowing and growing in the reality of the Father's total and unconditional love, there is only one recourse, definition comes by way of performing.
We too, were sadly out of sync with what it meant to be Loved.
Paul uses the language that if any man be in Christ, he is a whole new creation (species) reborn, Free. If the ongoing renewal of the mind (mind-will-emotions) fails to engage, is it any wonder like in Rob's illustration of the Matrix, that any attempt to do what we would call the 'impossible' withers up and dies?
I love how Morpheus in the movie the Matrix says to Neo: "The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work... when you go to church... when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth." Neo: What truth? Morpheus: That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Into a prison that you cannot taste or see or touch. A prison for your mind. Morpheus: I'm trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You're the one that has to walk through it.
I was pondering on this thought while delivering my mail today, why, if Adam was 'perfect' and lacking nothing, why would he (and Eve) be persuaded to look for anything else that could bring absolute definition to their lives? Maybe our identity is not, nor was it ever meant to be seen in this morphed entity called, 'human-nature'.
Maybe the impossible, was purposed to become possible defined by His (God the Father's) love: Even as [in His love] He chose us [actually picked us out for Himself as His own] in Christ before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy (whole) and blameless in His sight, even above reproach, before Him in love.
The knowledge of 'good and evil' (which in reality is the same thing) is the Matrix that continues to try and define who we are, (and it's influence transcends, race, creed or color) regardless of being a 'Christian' or not. Apart from the Love of God breaking through, and because there are no vacuums, there is but one recourse, to be defined by what we do, rather than being defined by love, freeing us to BE!
It is my opinion that everything outside of Christ is 'religion', in flavor, nuance, or expression. It will only be the Father's love that will bring this Matrix to a grinding halt in any persons life.
As so many are being awakened to the living reality of Love, they are in turn, learning what it means to 'live loved', the impossible is happening, and one person at a time is seeing the invisible God made visible in flesh and blood..."If you've seen me said Jesus, you've seen the Father"!
"And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, "Light shall shine out of darkness," is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ."