The Kingdom of God is about life to the full. Not about sin, sin-mongering and arbitrating between elements of the knowledge of good and evil. Nevertheless we must discuss sin, because sin results from separation from God.
This is our third post about sins and sin. There is sin that is about routine imperfection and missing the mark and sin that is diabolical because it undermines the infinite life Jesus achieved for all. Such sin paralyses, blinds and cripples the Believer, who as Rick Joyner shows, is left blindly groping about under the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Could this be the kind of sin that is called blaspheming the Holy Spirit? Maybe. Maybe not. To reject what Father has done in Christ can be to reject Christ. The Holy Spirit comes to reveal Christ, to seat us with Christ and to hide us in Christ. He does not force Himself on us. He does not abandon us. But He is not intimate with us when we insist on ignoring the sonship that is ours in Christ our life. We are taking about our inheritance of union with God as against separationist ideologies that pose as sound doctrine.
I have been writing about sin that subverts the everlasting gospel and the Kingdom of Heaven in the name of 'another gospel.'
'If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death; I do not say that he should make request for this. All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not leading to death' 1 John 5.16,17 NIV.
DOOR TO DEATH
Sin that leads to death cuts us off from Christ and the life that He is. Such sin is subtle, often disguised as 'an advance,' yet is deeply subversive of the Kingdom and its priests. To promote the law or the old creation when God has given us the Spirit of life, is to promote a lie. To promote a try harder mentality or a performance orientation as the way is to subvert Christ. Instead of keepers of the flame we become keepers of the lame. Teaching that denies our completeness in Christ or which annuls His accomplishments in the minds of Believers for the sake of tradition or a supposed unique denominational identity is sin that leads to death in the Believer and in the culture that expresses these ideas.
BODIES OF DEATH
A most serious sin is to deny the life-giving power of Jesus and to dilute the power of the cross. The promotion of such a lie aligns us with the father of lies and makes us multipliers of iniquity. There is no sin worse than ignoring Jesus. Distorting the Christ of God or creating a false christ to support an identity in a lesser jesus [sic] results in robbing people of life.
'But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity' Luke 13.27 NIV.
So what about sin? Immoral acts are easy to spot. Not as easy to discern is the denial of our life in God. And with it a persistent refusal to make Jesus our life while seeking a life and name in something that is not Him. I am not talking about rebellion. I mean religion as a substitute for A JESUS LIFE. If the refusal to seek God's face was described as wickedness in the old testament what of the refusal to live in Christ in the new?
But one might say, ‘I do live in Christ.’ But we don’t. Not if we live from the law. ‘I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!’ Gal 1.21 NIV.
VANITY OF VANITES
The fornicator knows he is a sinner. Not always the spiritual adulterer. There is nothing as veiling to the eyes or obstructing to the ears as an affair with self, as in being joined to self-effort and an extraneous, extra-Jesus identity for the purpose of attaining self-worth.
Many are married to 'work' in order to manufacture self-worth. 'Service' is easy to justify to the self. Especially religious service. Particularly when the result is approval by generalised others. In this mode we may be free of obvious 'sins' yet lead a debilitated and crippled existence because we have defined ourselves as worker instead of a son of God. Not only does this short-change us. It sells short those who might have relied on our presence and the fullness of our self as a person and a son of God.
'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.
EVERYTHING IN CHRIST
You have an identity in Christ. You are a daughter or a son. Everything you need to be yourself and to fulfill your destiny is found in Christ as your life. In Christ you are in the Father and in Father you are authentically a daughter and a son. Here you will not only develop the persona that is yours. You will do what your Father is doing. Your life will be the plan God made you to be. Filled with the Spirit of Sonship your every action will be a part of the whole that is the unfolding Kingdom of heaven on earth. Here you and Father are one.
'[You] will be repaid many times over in this life, and will have eternal life in the world to come' Luke 18.30 NLT.
By resting in God you become a vigorous you, flourishing in sonship and Kingdom fruitfulness.
'For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works,just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience' Heb 4.8-11 NIV.
I heard a man speaking on the radio recently. To my knowledge he was not a Believer and not religious. He was just a sensitive person who had written a book on the suffering of Australian prisoners in the Second World War. Speaking in the subjugation of human rights for the sake of empire, he remarked that even one person or group of people made to suffer for the majority or a 'greater cause' is to promote evil. This applies equally to the promotion of non-gospel ideologies; to other gospels and substitutes for the simplicity of Jesus as our life.
It is evil to promote a lie as though it were the truth; to promote a system of lies as though it is a special revelation or an advance on the doctrine of Jesus and the apostles. Any advance on the apostles doctrine is always a retreat from life into death. An adition or so called advance on their testiminony did not come from God. Christ our life propels us from glory to glory. Not from glory to law or from new covenant to old.
'They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer' Acts 2.42.