HUMILITY LOVES TRUTH
We have a great advantage if we realize we are flawed individuals. And a greatly handicapped if possessed by a large ego. In the former state we will continue to learn for the whole of our lives. In the latter it’s only a matter of time before what we call our lives dissolves or collapses in a heap.
Wisdom is ours in proportion to our humility. Bigots are not insightful and nor do they learn much from others. Humility is associated with grace, the ability to listen to others and a mind open to the assessment of ideas. Humility is gracious and loves truth because the truth sets people free, makes them more human, dissolves humbug and all forms of oppression, particularly those obfuscations urged on people in the name of God. Humility comes from the love of God and provokes a love of life. The humble are not afraid of truth. If you love others you will love truth.
‘For, "Who can know the LORD's thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?" But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ’ 1 Cor 2.16 NLT.
GRACE AND TRUTH
By being nailed to the cross, Jesus unbound us from every lie, every false assumption and any imprisonment resulting from the many slanders about God. We really do have freedom in His name. In Christ we always have access to the Father. We are free to be safe in Him while assessing anything that comes across our path. Only with Jesus as our life can we discern between good and evil, flesh and spirit and Kingdom and non-kingdom. The riddle of life is that those living in the knowledge of good and evil cannot discern it with any accuracy. But those who live in God through Jesus gain an exquisite discernment.
‘For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart’ Heb 4.12 NIV.
The doctrine of the apostles is that there is one God and that Jesus Christ is His human face. A life in God’s Son is liberal to the extent that it can examine different ideas. But it never embraces the view that one perspective is as good as another where the Kingdom of God is concerned.
The door to the Kingdom is narrow. Firstly salvation comes from the name and person of Jesus alone. Secondly our new covenant privilege of Jesus as our life is the only legitimate form of Christianity and the only way that the kingdom of God can manifest through Christ’s disciples. Paradoxically the Jesus lens is the only way we can avoid bigotry.
Thirdly the new and living way is the way of the cross, the resurrection and the person of Jesus in us – His resurrection as our life. This way is alive because Christ lives in us and new because Jesus is not a new way of doing the old testament. Jesus is the way of multiplying the Kingdom of Heaven on earth and the way in which the kingdoms of this world give way to the Kingdom of our Lord through people like you.
Fourthly the person of Jesus and the life of heaven are mediated by the Holy Spirit. Being ‘filled with the Spirit’ is not an option or a perspective. It is the living means by which the person of Jesus lives in us by the person of the Holy Spirit. Do without this and we are orphans. Receive this baptism and we are sons.
‘But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him’ 1 Cor 6.17 NLT.
Jesus was neither bigoted or wishy-washy. He was full of grace and truth. Un-encumbered by the epistemology of the knowledge of good and evil Jesus lived in His Father and saw as God saw. Because Jesus was ‘I AM’ He saw what was and knew things as they were. He viewed the world neither from bias, left or right, vested interest or self –interest. He viewed the world from the perspective of love, sacrifice and blessing . As such He imparted life without measure. In religion we will narrow our horizon, thinking we are doing well when we are really expiring. In Jesus our life as His kings and priests will inevitably expand and intensify because we have entered life without limit. Life without limit is the culture of the Kingdom of Heaven that Jesus manifests through His people.