There is no legitimate perspective that is not entirely Him. No addition to Him or any entity or observance that would make you better off that is not Him.
A little boy wrote all over his exercise books, ‘I am me.’ This was particularly distressing to the mum who had made a life work of being acceptable to everyone else. Worse still she did it in the name of Christianity. In a Jesus life we are a new creation. We move from being a figment of ourselves to becoming sons and daughters in spirit and in truth. Since Christ is our life we enjoy the liberty of being who we are as an expression of Him. All who are in Christ are the expression of Christ. Christ in the individuality and uniqueness of each is Christ manifest in the diversity of the church.
If the individual’s life is Christ then the life of the church will be Jesus too.
We have full liberty to be ourselves in Christ. No liberty at all to posit a different Christ, another gospel and a retreat to the old and dead way of the pre-cross era. Christ is not a means of keeping the law or performing to accumulate merit with God. He is the righteousness of God. He is the merit of God and He lives in you to express Himself through you.
Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. The only way. There is no legitimate perspective that is not entirely Him. No addition to Him or any entity or observance that would make you better off that is not Him. Those who maintain there is are in thrall to fables.
Jesus’ life incarnated in each and as the church is the Kingdom writ large and demonstrated before the world. We have no liberty to promote the law when God has given us His Son. We have no permission to alter Father’s command to believe His son. And we have no dispensation to choose the way of the law when Jesus has asserted that He Himself is THE WAY. We have no right to construct our own gospel when God has given us the gospel of the Kingdom which is His Son from first to last.
When John warned that truth was expressed as Christ come in the flesh of the Believer he was aiming at Gnosticism that had infiltrated the church. Yet there is a fuller meaning for us today. This intent and meaning is that Christ come in you to live through you by His Spirit, is the difference between His gospel and gospels that are the doctrines of demons. Ant teaching that takes us back to the law fits this criteria. Any teaching in which life and righteousness is realized because Christ lives in us and is our life is the gospel of the Kingdom - a gospel in which the sons of God are such because they have become rooted in the our Father through Jesus. As such they are apostolic people living in an apostolic gospel in the manner of Jesus. They are one with our Father and represent our Father to the world.
NON APOSTOLIC GOSPELS OF A NON APOSTOLIC KINGDOM
It is a tragedy when sincere people spend their entire lives as teachers, missionaries and pastors teaching a false gospel that unravels life in the Spirit and undoes the cross. I feel sorry for those who have given their lives to a delusion that they worshiped in the name of God with the result that they taught a distorted godliness and produces crippled sons and daughters in the name of Christ. The best thing that can be said is that they did not know what they were doing and that the grace of God in Christ used this ‘other gospel’ to create a hunger for the gospel that is not a shadow but the reality that is Christ.
Vigor, sincerity, a ministry or an overseas outreach does not make us apostolic bearers of spirit and life. Christ come in our flesh does. This makes us agents of new creation life. Christian effort does not make us heirs or agents of the Kingdom. His spirit and life does.
We can’t be grounded in the law and be an apostle of the Kingdom. But we can be an apostle of the law and of religion, deny the new creation and rob others of spirit and life. Our need is to be born again so that we can recognize the Kingdom of God’s Son.
Because Christ is our life we are at liberty to express Him in the uniqueness of our personhood and community. But there is a kind of variety that has nothing to do with wholeness and everything to do with ill-health and disease. Those born without limbs are different but not whole. Infants born with a hole in the heart are loved but not complete. Those who live in the law and a try-harder gospel of performance are sincere but crippled in their being. To have one’s own perspective on what God did in Jesus and who we have become in Him is unbelief. It cuts us off from healing and the getting of the wholeness that is ours in Christ. We can live as wooden stick-men in the law if we choose but the living of this life robs us of spirit and life and crucifies the son of God anew. Christ is our life. You are connected to the source of all life in Him. In Jesus you are rooted in our Father, are genuinely apostolic and you do only what you see our Father doing.