The dilemma of legalism is that it cannot provide a whole of person holiness or a whole of life wholeness. This is why everything of the new testament is a completely new and living way. It’s not the letter that withers.
This is the way of a person who is our life. People have tried to fix their old covenant religion by bolting Holy Spirit and the gifts onto a form of religion that has been put to death with Jesus. The result is confusion, a dead-end and a strange blindness of the kind described by Rick Joyner in The Torch and the Sword.
Death and sin is caused by separation from God. When we retain ourselves in the law and old covenant or practice religion that supposes separation even though we have union – we retain the lies of the fall and give them a religious gloss. Error always creates a false reality and makes us blind.
‘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 1.7 NIV.
We are not spiritual just because we have bolted the gifts onto the law. God is a spirit. Christ come in our flesh is His Spirit manifest as us. That’s holiness and Godliness. People who live in the externalities of the law are not spiritual people. People who live in the incarnation are spirit and life.
‘The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirit and life’ John 6.63 NIV.
The fact is that Christ is in you and with you. Should we live in the separation of Adam and Moses, we negate union with God even though we have it - so that our talk of belonging to the Body of Christ is both a fact and an illusion that multiplies confusion and paralysis. Stephen Crosby writes,
“The remedy for licentiousness is not preaching mixture and law. It is accurately understanding empowering grace and the indwelling Spirit in union with our own.
Grace is not just a forensic acquittal of sin: being declared innocent through a judicial decree of God.
Grace is what Christ was full of and He did not need a decree of innocence.
Grace is the overflow of the interpenetrating life, love, and power that is shared in perfection between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, into human vessels, permeating every molecule of their being.
That kind of grace is not a cheap "get out of obedience" card to be played at the whim of our carnalities. New covenant grace is like the nuclear bond of an atom: it holds the universe together and it is by its very nature, energy and power.” (1)
JOINING THE DOTS
The parable of the Sower is not about rooting out sin. It’s about rooting out the old covenant and being bedded down in the trinity. The effect of Christ our life – the incarnated trinity woven into our being is more than righteousness. It is infinite life in union with God. This union is the undoing of sin and death, the abolition of contractual righteousness and the reality of God the Father manifest as God’s sons. Grace is Christ in you.
(1) Crosby, Stephen. The New Testament Prophet: Understanding the Mind, Temperament, and Calling (Kindle Locations 863-868). . Kindle Edition.