The new covenant is not a religious prescription, a clever form of legalism or a religious agenda. It is a relationship and a relationship of union with God – a relationship that is infinitely life-giving because it is the un-doing of the fall and the energy that is the rise of the sons of God. We rose with Him. Remember that in Him have an Easter Life.
NEW WINSEKIN NOT SALVATION
Unbeknown to many the new covenant is the new wineskin – not a patched up old covenant or a modified law regime. It is totally new in that this new and living way is Christ come in our flesh. Rather than words on stone being our aim, Christ in us is our reality.
This Way is not optional because it is the only way of life. Attempts to mitigate or rationalise this way, away must not be entertained because they originate in the spirit of ant-christ. The aim from that quarter is to perpetuate separationism and continue the degradation of human beings by diluting the gospel into some rendition of a pre-cross life. It’s the Fall promoted.
NOT MOSES AND JESUS
Many Christians believe we overcome separation from God by shaping up with Christs help. The good news is, union with God is our starting position. We have it already and it is where we are positioned to grow as daughters and sons of God.
We show that we love God by aligning with His instructions. In doing this we love ourselves and we love each other because we participate in the raising up of humanity into our fullness in Christ. His commands are not the Ten Commandments as some would have it. They are His command to agree that He is our life. Totally. This is incarnation, new creation and Kingdom Agency
‘This is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. 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 1.6,7 NIV.
Speaking to the issue of inheritances not embraced, Jeff Turner writes,
“This state of innocent bliss did not last forever, but came to a screeching and painful halt through the cosmic train wreck that we have come to refer to as “the fall”. This fall occurred as a result of Adam and his wife eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, but had nothing to do with them descending into twisted, vile immorality. It concerned their acquiring of a particular brand of knowledge that would serve to tarnish their view of God, themselves, and the world around them.
The temptation that the first couple faced was very similar to the temptation we face from modern, Western Christianity – that we can attain true Godliness if we simply learn how to draw clear lines of distinction between good and evil. The serpent said to Eve: “…God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:5) The temptation to eat from this tree had nothing to do with the things we typically associate with sin, but rather with acquiring the ability to discern between good and evil.” (1)
NOT A CHRISTIAN VERSION OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL
A most subtle version of the extending the fall beyond its time is the notion of ‘Keeping close to Jesus.’ We have no more likelihood of doing than the Jews had of keeping the Ten Commands. What we do is establish ‘keeping close to Jesus’ culture’ that is its own kind of ‘law.’ No. Jesus is in you and manifests as you. This is the Spirit of sonship and the sons and daughters of God: Mary, Jane Bob, Sam and Judith.
Life is not found in information, knowledge or homilies designed to dilute evil or multiply the good. Life is Jesus and we are alive by receiving Him as our life – for this is who He is. ‘Realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NIV.
(1) Turner, Jeff. Saints in the Arms of a Happy God: Recovering the Image of God and Man (p. 19). Jeff Turner. Kindle Edition.