Paul urged Timothy to ‘rightly interpret the word of truth’. We do this when our frame is the Christ of God and the new covenant. We are assisted in this by definitions of Kingdom Truth such as the Nicaean Creed and a meticulous adherence to the ‘apostles doctrine.’
We have talked before of the Jesus Lens. This is the lens by which Jesus is seen clearly and known as He is and the lens by which God is revealed in Jesus. It is the lens by which the gospel is known as the Gospel of the Kingdom and differentiated from non-gospels and distorted gospels that deplete Christ and cripple ourselves.
As a friend remarked to me earlier this year, the truth of God is universal. THIS TRUTH is what it is and is as lucid and self-authenticating as the I AM that is God. Just as Jesus came as the living truth and in doing so revealed Father truthfully, so Jesus does so today about Himself, the gospel and our participation in God as sons and daughters. GOD REVEALS HIMSELF TO TRUTH SEEKERS.
It's not crucially important whether we baptise by immersion or hold a christening – although immersion does denote new creation life better than a few drops of water. What counts is our death in Adam and our resurrection in Jesus as multiplyers of Jesus.
It is important to have God’s gospel and not some ‘other gospel’ of the kind that subverts life and withers genuine spirituality. What counts is a new creation for you and for all who believe.
‘Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation’ Gal 6.15 NIV.
‘Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen--the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's new creation’ Rev 3.14 NLT.
It does not matter what denomination we come from. If we are loyal to Jesus and committed to follow His leading we will come to the truth as unveiled by the saints.
Truth is not of any private interpretation or of any distinctive gospel.
There is one gospel and one Lord – never a plurality of gospels. It can never be said that one gospel is as good as another. If it is not the gospel of Jesus and Paul it is rubbish and dung. Should we eat it we will become worms rather than sons. What Peter writes here about prophecy applies even more to our beliefs, particularly our understanding of what is Christian doctrine and what is not.
DONT MAKE STUFF UP
‘Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit’ 2 Peter 1. 20,21 NIV.
We must ensure that we belong to the faith that Jesus released into the world so that we belong to the Kingdom of Life and not some province of unwittingly hospitalised saints wallowing in self-imposed disease.
VEILS BE GONE
Thomas Torrance writes, “The primacy which the Nicene Council accorded to faith in this way is of immense significance. It represents the radical shift in people’s understanding in the Church as they were grasped by the enlightening reality of the living God and were freed from imprisonment in the darkness of their own prejudices, baseless conjectures and fantasies, that is, a shift away from a centre of thinking in the in-turned human reason (ἐπίνοια) alienated from its intelligible ground in God, to a centre in God’s revealing and reconciling activity in the incarnation of his Mind and Word (Logos) in Jesus Christ within the temporal and spatial structures of our creaturely world.” (1)
He's saying that God’s ‘truth will out’ in the ever present incarnation of Jesus in truth seekers and truth-tellers. This is the genuine spirit of apostleship as distinct from the conformities of the Christian Industry and the multiplication of institutionalised Christian product. When Christ is your life truth will be our life and we will live in our unveiled, non-insulated union with the trinity.
REALIZE THE REVELATION
‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NIV. This is truth proclaimed by Jesus, John, Paul and professor Torrance. The spirit of sonship spread out from the spirit of the genuinely apostolic.
The enlightening reality of God’s revelation among us is ever present and always relevant to the undoing of cunningly devised fables and the instilling into our hearts of God’s truth about Himself and about us. In this light we are set free from the medieval stocks of false prophecy and the mental prisons of distorted religion: Released to live in the freedom of joyful fellowship with God and with each other.
IT’S UNION WITH GOD
“The Christian God is interested in relationship with us, and not just relationship, but union, and not just union, but such a union that everything He is and has—all glory and fullness, all joy and beauty and unbridled life—is to be shared with us and to become as much ours as it is His. The plan from the beginning, in the Christian vision, is that God would give Himself to us, and nothing less, so that we could be filled to overflowing with the divine life.” ― C. Baxter Kruger, Jesus and the Undoing of Adam.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Trinitarian Faith: The Evangelical Theology of the Ancient Catholic Church (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 19). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.