‘This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come’ MATT 24.14 NIV.
The Easter Story is wonderfully simple and simply wonderful. The result of the cross and consequent resurrection of our Lord is the incarnation – the celebration of our one substance with God. Easter means that we have become one with God and God one with us. Human history changed at Easter. Old Adam died and New Adam became you by the Spirit. God is not only in us and with God. We are woven into God and God is woven into us. This is your Easter Life.
The Gospel cited here is the Gospel that is the Apostles Teaching. It’s the gospel that must be distinguished from ‘other gospels’ and derivative gospels that are aberrations of that Gospel proclaimed and lived by Jesus and which must be distinguished from ‘other gospels’ and ignored even if a prophet or angel from heaven should presume to alter the original.
The most perverse derivatives are always those that undo the cross and in doing so revert to the law and the futility of the culture of the knowledge of good and evil. Jesus referred to them as paddocks of tares and Paul warned that they were an instance of self-cursing.
Thomas Torrance describes the nature and reception of the Gospel of the Kingdom, drawing attention to the fact that it is the Spirit of God in human beings who instils the whole and the parts as a schema into our discourse as the church.
CHRIST AND ANTI-CHRIST
The implication is that if it is God in us who provides the contours of sound doctrine it is the spirit of anti-christ who warps and bends sound doctrine into half doctrines and impediments to life. Indeed John exposes this spirit for what it is when he implies that any spirit who suffocates Christ come in the flesh with the law is a spirit of anti-christ.
This post is about what Easter means for the Church.
Blind guides rail at their ‘gospels’ being so labelled, but this spirit is clever enough not appear in demonic monstrosity but insinuates itself into the more subtle form of a gospel that is no gospel at all. In so doing the harvest of the cross is hindered and the core of our inheritance is neutered – Christ our life is made to look peripheral and the transforming power of the incarnations is reduced to a word when it could have been our state of being.
Torrance writes, “In proving itself to us and generating in us its own reception, God’s self-revelation as Father, Son and Holy Spirit both creates the framework within which it is solely to be understood and generates the very forms of thought and speech with which it is to be grasped and articulated.
The ultimate source of this triune self-revelation of God is God himself. There is no other point above or below God from which he may be approached, but in Jesus Christ his beloved Son, God the Father has incarnated his self-revelation within our world in an utterly concrete and singular way and thus provided in the fullness of time the one place where we human beings may have access to the transcendent reality of God and may know him on the free ground of his own divine Being.” (1)
Christ in us is the key to truth, the hope of glory and the antidote to religiosity taking over the interweaving of God into the church like a virus or tumour that sucks away life while promoting itself as life.
GOD MANIFEST AS GOD’S SONS
The message of Easter is that the Risen Christ becomes you and becomes us as heaven is multiplied on earth in those who are the manifestation of the trinity.
Torrance, Thomas F.. The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 21). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.