We do not have to be malicious to pervert the gospel of Jesus. But we can be attached to a distorted gospel because we are passive, because we are too trusting, because those who taught us have been misinformed or because we have been lied too.
We need never be afraid of the unfolding of truth. We must fear our own rationalisations posing as truth that insulate us from life. It can be a tragedy to come to the end of one’s life and not know that what we adhered to was a degree of death.
The common misinformation that many Christians live in today is their living of an old covenant life in the new covenant age. Many do not know that there is a new covenant and see the Bible as a seamless whole. It is seamless in that it is the revelation of God. But the new testament is not a more successful way of doing the knowledge of good and evil with Jesus help (the law). It’s a way of being the expression of Jesus by the Spirit of Sonship.
The Spirit of Sonship is the Spirit of our Father manifesting in you as a son/daughter. More correctlyu the Spirit of Sonship is Jesus expressed as you.
HOLY AS GOD IS HOLY
Wholeness, holiness, life and righteousness are ours because we are one with God. We need to know this so that are not caught in the bind of attempting to be godly by things we do. We are Godly because of what we are: Sons and daughters. Rivers of spirit and life flow from us – not only kindnesses and grace but the spirit of God – because we are one with God.
Jesus urged that we enter this union with Himself, our Father and Holy Spirit with the words, ‘Realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NIV. This can be hard to grasp if we have been trained in a religion of the head and the hand. The Godliness of God is a the union of ‘being’ and spirit. Thomas Torrance writes,
“If the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ is the very grace of God himself, if in Jesus Christ the divine Gift and the Giver are one, then the Church has no option in fidelity to the Gospel but to commit itself to a positive affirmation of that grace which excludes any other possibility. That was the critical issue which St Paul summoned the Galatian Church in the first century to face, namely, the threat to pervert the Gospel of Christ into ‘another gospel’ which was not a gospel.” (1)
Be careful to exclude the law as a possibility of fellowship with God.
The perverted gospel spoken of by Paul and Torrance is a reversion to the law. A parody of the gospel was emerging that proposed that Jesus was a ‘way’ of keeping the law. This was and is a pernicious teaching because the law as part of the knowledge of good and evil introduced by Adam, separates us from God and from ourselves. Paul assured Believers in Galatians that such a ‘gospel’ would bring a curse. A curse because it negates the atonement, maintains separation from God, all the while passing itself of in the guise of godliness.
In this age you belong to God, you are one with God, God inhabits your being and in Christ you are in fellowship with the trinity. They manifest their spirit and life as you.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Trinitarian Faith: The Evangelical Theology of the Ancient Catholic Church (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 24). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.