“Someone once said the Bible can be one of the most dangerous books you’ll ever read—if you don’t understand the gospel. While that sounds radical, we can plainly see the thousands of religions and cults that have developed, and most of them did it by using the Bible as their launching pad … It’s not just the truth that makes us free, but as Jesus said, it’s knowing the truth. God wills not only for all people to be saved, but to come to the knowledge of the truth” (see 1 Timothy 2:4). (1)
Truth is Christ and His new covenant gospel of our already achieved inclusion in God. This is His Gospel. It’s the gospel of the Kingdom and the Bible. If we have not been inducted into this gospel we have not entered the truth. Many Believers have begun a life in a deviant gospel through Bible studies when they should have entered fellowship through Christ.
IT’S A THING
What is the attraction of making a thing out of things? The gospel of the Kingdom is as simple as it is comprehensive. It is Christ in you, Christ for you , Christ as you. Jesus fills the entire earth with His glory by being your life. And in that being the life of the church.
But this is too simple for some; too airy-fairy and nebulous. Or on the other hand too holy and all encompassing for those who had hoped to reserve some compartments for themselves. Or then again it negates the personal kudos one might hope to acquire by demonstrating our worth to God by embarking on some charitable venture or social mission. Did you know there are people who are driven to pay off Jesus for His cross? But that's not love. It's just a sense of indebtedness and obligation.
STRIKING A POSE
In a legalistic life one can contrive to go to church to hide from God in the very act of claiming godliness. In a sect, denomination or a cult one can effect a stance that distinguishes us from others; a position that we think confers something distinct on ourselves; that gives us a brand and an identity. But do you need an extra - Jesus thing?
Don't spend your life rationalising illusions handed down to you by your parents.
As Jesus is lifted up He draws more and more people to Himself. This leads people to dispense with cultural prescriptions and the perspectives that separate them from Himself and others. They begin to find their identity and their life totally in Jesus. Sure they express their life in Jesus in colourful diversity. But guess what. Their life is gained totally from Him. In Jesus they are part of God and He is part of them.
IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH
It is when we are absorbed into Christ that we are positioned in the Father and we become sons - not just theologically but in reality. Thus until Christ and not some additional thing is our life we are are posers rather than sons and quite incapable of living out the gospel of the Kingdom as God's kings and priests.
The Kingdom Jesus began is entirely in the Spirit, yet manifest in the flesh. But if we live in the flesh, which is the law and its separateness from God – we cannot be in the Spirit, no matter how much we talk of the anointing and the gifts. We actually stiffle the Kingdom of God.
So why do Believers gravitate to legalism and so often attempt to make a thing of their a special identity that they think is giving the some credibility? Dr Stephen Crosby explains this admirably in his blog. He asks and answers the question, 'Why did the Galatians, who had “begun in the Spirit” (Gal. 3:3), so readily take the bait of an alternate reality? What made them bite? You can read his explanation here.
(1) Kapler, Michael C.. Clash Of The Covenants: Escaping Religious Bondage Through The Grace Guarantee (Kindle Locations 195-201). Kindle Edition.