If you live from life – from Christ as your life – you will not tolerate anything that is less than Him and therefore less than life. If you live from religion you will try to rationalize what you already have, make excuses for your icons and traditions, then tell yourself and others that these items are life-giving and lead to Christ. The fact is that Christ alone leads to Christ and He alone is life in you.
‘What counts is the new creation’ Gal 6.15 NIV.
Christ expressed in everyone is the genius of the new creation. Christ expressed through your individuality is the evidence of the spirit of sonship. Christ diminished by the re-instatement of the law, and dulled by the sacralisation of feasts and holy days is at worst, contrary to Paul’s statement that rites and observances are meaningless and an evidence of the subtle religious spirit of anti-christ.
‘Christ in you and Christ your life is Jesus come in our flesh to release His Spirit as us. John wrote, ‘I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist’ 2 John 1.7 NIV. This spirit does not manifest with horns and hooves. It appears among nice people who ‘have another gospel.’
The gospel of the Kingdom is Christ manifest as you – which is to say Christ expressed in His people as His church.
You can have any perspective you wish on the expression of Christ. He is expressed in plumbers and theologians and in the diverse projects of all for whom Jesus is life. But there is but One Way. No variation in this is legitimate This new and living way is God’s finished work in Christ and the manifestation of Jesus in you and the church. This is called the gospel of the Kingdom and the new covenant. Any divergence from the teaching of Jesus and the apostles in this respect qualifies at best as a sect and at worst as cultic. We curse and cripple ourselves with such perspectives. Pluralism need not apply here and does not apply.
‘But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God's curse!’ Gal 1.8 NIV.
Any ‘gospel’ that dilutes the achievements of the cross, re-instates the law, places merit in things other than Christ or nullifies the incarnation is illegitimate. It does not qualify as ‘this gospel of the Kingdom.’
Attempting to glue Holy Spirit and His gifts onto the old covenant and the law is misguided and sad. This will never be the Kingdom and the Kingdom will never take root in the rocks of these abstractions.
The vine is Christ. The root of the vine is Father and the branches of the vine are you and Sam and Margaret. Your life comes from your planting in the trinity and the trinity’s transfusion of you with their spirit and life. As part of them you sons. If part of the law you are workers and slaves.
‘For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God's glory displayed in the face of Christ’ 2 Cor 4.6 NIV.
Christ being personally your life is the meaning of the Lord’s Table and the significance of Jesus declaration that ‘Unless we eat His flesh and drink His blood we have no spirit and life whatsoever.’ Make sure what you think is light is actually light and not darkness.