Jews thought Paul was doing away with righteousness by replacing the law with Jesus Christ. But Paul was offering an inheritance in God of real righteousness and real life – Christ their life. Holiness comes from Christ as you – never from a list of must do’s
GOD AS SONS
The new covenant is God’s plan for the sons and daughters of God. The new covenant is not a ruse to avoid righteousness. It’s the way of real righteousness. But it’s not righteousness as an abstraction. It’s righteousness as life. In Jesus is life and that life is the light of the human race. The death sentence of the knowledge tree is undone and the obfuscation of this deviant knowledge is consumed in the person of Jesus. We become light and life because God in Christ weaves God into us.
You were made to live in God and now you do. Or not.*
REST AND LIFE
“God still expects what He has always expected - the difference is a change of source. He has assured that He will meet His own expectations. He has found His rest not in days and Sabbaths and weeks and feasts, but rather in the Man, Christ Jesus, and His rest in us in Messiah. He achieves His own ends in and through human beings who have put their faith in His Messiah. The practical new covenant life is characterized by obedience, just as in the old covenant, but it originates from a different source: not the determinate will of humanity to obey God, but through the life of the Son of God in us, given to us as a gift.” (1)
You are one substance with Christ as per the Lord’s Table. Don’t make a messiah out of observances and routines when the Gift is His life as your life. This is the proper meaning of the Body of Christ.
CHRIST IN YOU
Christ in us. Christ’s life as our life. Christ’s fellowship in the trinity is our fellowship in the Holy Family.
It is easy to assert grace and live in a degree of it while remaining tied to the law and being oblivious to legalism as the fabric of our thinking. Such legalism permeates all we know and do with. It’s the subtle disorder of the tree of knowledge and death.
In the legalised culture of positions and definitions, it’s easy enough to assert oneness with the Body of Christ even while living in the separation of the old covenant and the law. Legalism makes us inventive in substantiating the illusions of false doctrines that we have absorbed as truth since childhood. Legalism is a culture that manufactures words and fabrications in support of the fictions we employ to persuade ourselves that our belonging to the Body has substance when it is but a shadow of the real. Thomas Torrance notes this in his exposure of the fundamentalist illusion.
“. . . Rationalistic fundamentalists are those who think they can treat biblical statements as independent from the ultimate Being to whom they refer. Once this move is made they can then apply preconceived rational structures [partisan conceits] to fit biblical statements (such as “God is love”) into a dogmatic system.
But this would be to commit the error.. namely to impose our own systems of logic on the subject matter of enquiry rather than letting it teach us its own inherent logic. Such systems of doctrine tend to be legalistic constructs of our own minds where we may seem to put grace at the center of a theological system but instead end up with a new legalistic system that does not really set people free in Christ.” This is the freedom that is not freedom and the Body that is not the Body.
THE WHY OF FALSE GRACE
Such ‘grace’ does not set us free in Christ because we are still bound to the laws on stone. ‘One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them. One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.’
* To live in Christianity is to live in a muffled relation with God.
(1) Crosby, Stephen. The New Testament Prophet: Understanding the Mind, Temperament, and Calling (Kindle Locations 960-965). . Kindle Edition.
(2) Taken from: Participatio: Journal of the Thomas F. Torrance Theological Fellowship, 22-23)