As believers we have the gospel of the Kingdom which is the new covenant in spirit and in truth. Pluralism not withstanding, we have no right to a perspective that is not new covenant or that diverges from the apostle’s doctrine. We can live in the gospel of the Kingdom or we can live in a gospel of our own making. We can live in spirit and in truth or we can live in a distortion of the gospel that we call ‘our perspective.’ Then again we can live in the message of Jesus, Paul and the apostles. Here is a message that does not vacillate, that is not yes and no. This is not a message that we might or might not be saved. But a message of certainty and safety in Christ. We are certified as daughters and sons in the vicarious humanity of Jesus.
CLEAR AND DEFINITE
‘But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come’ 2 Cor 18-22 NIV.
We can talk of our perspective on the law and our old covenant disagreement with God about what He did for us through the cross. Or we can preen ourselves as a result of our attachment to the ‘Jewish Roots’ movement. But we have made ourselves a different gospel. The life of Jesus had nothing to do with His Jewishness. It was entirely a result of His union with His Father. This is the source of our life as sons. Jesus is in us and we are in Jesus.
‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20. This realization is the door to the Kingdom of God. It’s what separates flesh from spirit and religion from Kingdom.
Don’t deny your inheritance for the sake of a supposed identity.
To diverge on the gospel of the Kingdom; to uphold the old covenant as truth when God has given us the new is not to adopt just any interpretation of the gospel. It is a denial of the gospel in toto. Should we promote the old covenant and the law, there is no gospel of the Kingdom for us - just a subtly devised fable to confuse the naïve. Revisionism is not a valid expression of the Body of Christ.
THE MORE GLORIOUS WAY
Here is the truth: “Abraham’s covenant was based on faith (verses 6-7), and we are heirs of his promise (verse 29). The law was added to that covenant because of the transgressions of the Israelites (verse 19), but the law cannot alter the Abrahamic promises that we inherit. Rather, the law — the books of Moses — was a temporary measure until Christ, the Seed, came (verse 19). “Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law” (verse 25). Here we see the same conclusion. The Scriptures are consistent. Christians are not required to obey the laws of Moses. They were glorious for a time, but their purpose has been superseded by Jesus Christ.” More here.
Salvation belongs to all, as does union with God. But this is forced on no one. It’s a gift and as a gift it must be embraced in order to be possessed. The tragedy of an old covenant obsession is that it separates us in our minds from our inheritance - union with God. As such it separates us from ourselves and our inner person from communion with each other. Union with an abstraction like the law is different in nature from union with persons - which is what we have in our communion with the trinity. Today your inheritance is the same union Jesus has with Father and Holy Spirit. So let’s not insulate ourselves from this union with our private gospels.
We cannot live in the Spirit of Sonship while separated in our minds from our Father. This was the power of the original deception. ‘Separate them from God in their minds and you separate them in fact.’ That was Satan’s ploy and it still is. Retain them in old covenant Adamic separation and you congeal them in darkness that many of them call light. There we are the sons of the slave woman. Outside our inheritance and only notionally one with Christ.
‘But what does Scripture say? "Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman's son’ Gal 4.30 NIV.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty - liberty from the crippling effect of error and distortions of the gospel of the Kingdom. Grace and truth is a person and this Person is our life.