NO TARES, NO TEARS
Two people arrived at the St Paul’s Church. One was the leader of an organisation. The other, the guest speaker for the day. As they travelled, the guest speaker's ears had been filled with an account of the supposed accomplishments of the congregation. The guest speaker was considerably disconcerted. He had been regaled with an account of a new testament house built on old covenant assumptions - in other words an edifice was being built on sand. It could not maintain itself because it was not part of the new creation Kingdom. It was slightly new wine in an old wineskin.
'Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old [covenant] has gone, the new is here!' 2 Cor 5.17 NIV.
BRANCHES AND FRUIT
The Kingdom Jesus began grows from what Jesus achieved – our union with Father and the incarnation realised in every-day life. We can no more make the Kingdom of God grow from the law and old covenant than a wheat paddock will grow in a saucer of water and cotton wool.
‘They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer’ ACTS 2.42 NIV.
What is the apostle’s teaching? Basically it is the incarnation - teaching the reality that the trinity lives un us and that we are the expression of their fullness as our ourselves and as the church. John’s contribution to this teaching is that we are interwoven with the being of God. This is what it means to be the Body of Christ and the manifestation of the trinity where we are.
TEACING OF THE APOSTLES
There are many sects in the Body of Christ. Being charitable we may liken them to branches of Christ. Being more insightful we may construe them as artificial divisions in what is meant to be the seamless garment of Jesus. Nevertheless, it’s legitimate to regard them all as the Body of Christ – if they subscribe to the gospel of Jesus and the teaching of the apostles. But not if they have their own Jesus, their own gospel and their own version of the Bible. We either read the Bible through the Jesus lens or we adopt some other glasses that distort and warp the meaning of Jesus and His accomplishments into something entirely different.
Jesus will grow people into sons of they are willing to be taught. But He does not nurture what He did not plant. He is not going to cause some ‘other gospel’ that PURPORTS TO BE His Gospel to flourish. These either die of their own accord or the angels pull them out because they are tares. Be thankful. In spirit and in truth we are the sons and daughters of God.