A DULL ACHE
The human spirit is capable of infinite growth. Jesus had the Spirit without limit. When He is our life so do we, even in our mortal bodies. Filled with the Spirit of Christ our spirit flames and our being soars. But not if we have bound ourselves in the law. Our humanity cannot shine in the law. Neither can be achieved any kind of spirituality – unless we mistake this for religion.
I was brought up in a fundamentalist, law oriented denomination. This was a culture that attempted to use the knowledge of good and evil to rise above the knowledge of good and evil - like a monkey trying to pull itself out of a pit by its whiskers. We lived from the law even though the folly of so living is clearly defined in Galatians 2.20,21. This course placed us back in the letter that kills. This is the deadness of spirit that Jesus had already liberated us from. People believed that they were pleasing God by living out of Moses, despite the fact that this contradicted the new and living way of life in Jesus. In this culture one could be a faithful horse. Never a soaring eagle.
'But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles' Isa 40.31 NIV.
Jesus declared that He Himself is life. Paul assured all that Christ our life is also our present glory. All who live in Adam die. But all who live in Christ are alive. Today. They enjoy a ‘living life,’ they multiply life, they speak ‘living words’ because they are filled with the ‘Spirit of Life.’
Living in the letter we can describe but we cannot impart life.
A DULL ACHE
Life in the law is a tooth ache disguised as religion. It is a dulling, limiting, deadening existence that rejects what Jesus won us. It is an affront to what Jesus accomplished for all. When I was a boy my spirit rebelled against this false ‘spirituality’ without knowing why. I still loathe it. It is mean. It undoes Father’s generosity and grace. It has the deceitful smell of death, yet is touted as life. It’s ‘this body of death’ we have already been delivered from.
'Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!' Rom 7.24,25 NIV.
We are born in dwelt by the Spirit of God. If we listen, don’t brainwash ourselves and divorce ‘other husbands’ we will eat from the tree of life. Other husbands are other gospels and organizations that promote them.
GOSPEL OF SLAVERY
As a boy of tender years my heart rejected this law-mongering parody of life. I rejected it because it is anti-christ and anti-life. Law-mongering is at best a joke or a niggardly conviction. At worst it is false guilt. Avoid it like the plague it is. No one for whom Jesus is life need walk about with the dead albatross of the law around their necks. His yoke is easy. His burden light. He is the wind beneath your wings. Jesus is your life.
We need to see ourselves rejoined to the rock from which we are hewn. If we see ourselves as a child of the law we will define ourselves as a sinner. With Christ as our life we will know ourselves as daughters and sons. How we see ourselves effects who we become. The words ‘sons of god’ can only be religious words if we are living an old covenant existence. He were are sons of the slave woman. With Christ as our we are His Bride.
'The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother' Gal 4.24-26 NIV.
It’s a serious thing to make people less than they are or allow them to remain small when their spirit is large. We ourselves are derelict should we live as a horse instead of an eagle. Legalism is spiritual conceit and religious rebellion. Choosing to live in law when God has provided the Spirit is at worst obstinate and at least ignorant. The Bible states that living in law when we have been given His Son as our life is lawlessness.
'For the law was not intended for people who do what is right. It is for people who are lawless and rebellious, who are ungodly and sinful, who consider nothing sacred and defile what is holy, who kill their father or mother or commit other murders' 1 Tim 1.9 NLT.
'Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness' Matt 23.28 NIV.
As law-keepers we are not hypocrites because we are devious and wicked. We are hypocrites because in the law – in this body of death that is the opposite to our life in Christ in the Spirit – because we do what we despise and shun what we should embrace. But when Jesus is our life we are whole – whole because He has made our person one and whole because it is His life in us that is imbued continually into our persona. Holiness is not keeping certain rules or adhering to certain values. It’s being a son of God. This is what you with Christ as your life. It is what you are not in bondage to the law.