Paul urged us to run the race well by discarding useless ideas and myths and fables designed by the Enemy to hinder our sonship. Thus it is never sufficient just to possess ‘a faith’. (The earth was not flat just because everyone thought it was.)
Nor is it enough to say we belong to God and yet be contained in ideas that deny most of our inheritance and render us slaves of religion. Jesus lives to set us free from such captivity. It’s what He lives for – to draw us into life to the full.
‘And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself’ John 12.32 NIV. Make sure your Christ is the Christ of God and not some lesser, self made Jesus who never was.
JESUS PERSONALLY IS LIFE TO THE FULL.
He draws us in His grace towards truth so that we have all that is on offer – so that we live in the fullness of His life. Truth validates itself with ever more of life. Lies limit our humanity and deny our sonship. Such lies originate from the father of lies and explain why Satan attempted to get Jesus to deny that He was the son of God.
The war may manifest as inertia and wilful blindness to an aggressive opposition to all that is alive.*
There is an unrelenting war against fullness in Christ, which is why Jesus contrasted Himself with the thief of life and the liar about false life. Jesus presented Himself as life without limit.
Don’t be among those who present limitation as a way of life because they have been raised in ‘another gospel’ and this is where their identity lies. It’s the identity of the sons of the slave woman.
‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full’ John 10.10 NIV.
ADVENTURE OF GROWTH
Recently on ABC radio national I listened to the stories of three ministers who began with a smidgen of Christ and grew into His fullness. One was a Catholic priest. One was an official of the Uniting Church and the other was an Academic who had been a pastor for many years in a large Baptist Church. All of them spoke of a journey out of the law into a personal Jesus life.
LIFE IN THE SPIRIT IS US
The mystery of the incarnation and the paradox of Christ come in our flesh – life in the Spirit - is that we live a practical life as the expression of Jesus.
The difference between the old and new covenant is that Jesus is not a Bystander who helps us live a Christian life. He is our life. And we are the expression of Him. The genius of this plan is that each of us is an expression of Jesus. We can live an old covenant life in the new covenant by asking Jesus to help us keep the tenets of Christianity. We can live as we are meant to in new covenant freedom by asking Jesus to be our life.
‘Once a king/queen in Narnia, always a king and queen.’ By living in the new covenant – the inheritance of the cross we live as the kings and priests who we are.
There are false Christ’s. They are not outwardly demonic figures but they do have their origin in doctrines of demons.
A Christ subordinate to the law is a false christ because such a christ could not be god. The law being superior would be god and this kind of ‘jesus’ would not.
Scripture tells us “The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” Heb 1.3 NIV.
The son is the radiance of God’s glory and so are you. Mostly we need to grow into this reality by growing out of religion. We need to do this because religion is the container and not the reality.
Religion can be a matter of us drinking the card-board milk carton instead of the milk. Then again religion can be a perversion of the gospel and such a distortion that it another gospel that is no gospel at all.
UN-GOSPELS, FALSE CHRISTS
The Kingdom is not about us propping up our version of the Gospel. It’s about us pressing ever more fully into the fullness of His life.
“Because God is jealous for His loving reputation, when we persist in beliefs that portray Him as angry, retributive and just plain old mean, we will inevitably hit a wall and realize that our concepts simply do not work. While seeming so right initially, we find that they’ve left us crooked, bent in the wrong direction, disillusioned and desperately longing for reformation. Ideas and doctrines that we think will lead us into spiritual enlightenment and freedom often lead us, instead, down a path of darkness, depression, and spiritual death.” (1)
Not every adherent of non-gospels is outwardly bent. They just lack spirit, life and spiritual discernment – a company of the blind who promote blindness as light- The blind leaders of the blind.
LIBERATED FROM OUR OWN IDEAS
If we are truly disciples of Jesus and not more or less disciples of ourselves, He will lead us out of darkness into light. By being a genuine follower rather than a circler of a dead bush, Jesus will lead us on an adventure of increasing immersion in the life of God. You will become a Burning Bush – the prophetic sign of the incarnated life. He we will encounter ourselves as well as God and have rivers of living water with which to nurture each other. * This is that hideous strength behind mindless conservativism. (1) Turner, Jeff. Saints in the Arms of a Happy God: Recovering the Image of God and Man (p. 19). Jeff Turner. Kindle Edition.