The glorious liberty of the gospel comes from believing what Jesus believes - about Himself, about us, what He has done for us and who we are as a result. We are not entitled to make up our own version of this. People who have their own gospels are flakes or in a cult. No ‘other gospels’ are allowed without inviting a curse or coming under the heading of a ‘tare’ or under the remit of a false christ. We are stretching it if we have concocted our own gospel and claim to belong to the Body of Christ, when what we have done is to retain ourselves in our version of what Paul called, ‘This body of death,’ which is as far from the Body of Christ as one can get.
BODY OF DEATH
Paul using this statement was specifically referring to the old covenant and the law and more generally to the regime of separation that was the norm for human life in Adam - where all die. Now all have been made alive - if we live in the new testament and not the old testament or one of our own testaments made out of a mixture of the old and the new - because we can. Or because our idol is our denomination and the supposed identity we think it affords. But who really wants an identity of the kind that is ‘the kings new clothes? No one who is not completely bewitched.
‘You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?’ Gal 3.1-3 NIV. The fact is, too many Believers have never received the Holy Spirit because they have never lived in the inheritance that is theirs: Their life as sons of God in spirit and truth.
Don’t perpetuate the lie of the Enemy in the name of God. Let’s be clear. Living under the law and old covenant today is a re-acceptance of the illusion that we can be as gods, independent of God. The subtlety of this deception is that it comes across as a Christian version of the knowledge of good and evil, which is no gospel at all but a form of deep witchcraft. Which is why such perversions are actually doctrines of demons and not unkindly and inaccurately described as those of the political spirit might tell us. We are either followers of Jesus, disciples of His life or we are not - not disciples of His life but disciples of a lie. Stephen Crosby urges us to examine our claim that Jesus is Lord. Is it He or is it we?
“Jesus is Lord is not merely a theological principle I leverage to try to assure myself of the “good life” if I just “obey what the Bible says.” Jesus is Lord is a declaration of voluntary perpetual servitude to another Man’s purposes and interests for me in this life. I am not my own. I have been bought with a price.” Crosby, Stephen. How New is the New Covenant?: Discovering the Implications of: Jesus is Lord (Kindle Locations 186-189). Stephanos Ministries. Kindle Edition.