TO SEE AND NOT TO SEE
We need not be intellectuals to understand the gospel. But it does help to be willing to think, abandon misguided ideas and be humble enough not to weaponize ignorance and label truth as false facts.
There are some understandings of individuals and of entire denominations that are a delusion. Yet they have been followed for years as though they were truth. These include watered down and revisionist gospels that ignore and undo the new covenant and supposed revelations that began churches whose culture is derived entirely from the law that was words on stone. Not a few think it’s ok to travel through life with a combo of law and grace – as if such a thing is possible. It’s either one or the other. The Spirit of Sonship as us is the product of a total baptism into the Spirit of Christ. Anything less than this and we are not reborn. Neither are we able to give more than a sputtering account of the Kingdom. Michael Kapler writes,
“Law and grace were never meant to be a corporate merger, which is why Paul contrasted the ministry of death and condemnation to the ministry of righteousness.
This isn’t chocolate and peanut butter and they don’t belong together. Paul went on to say that when the previous covenant is read, there is a veil that lies over the heart, symbolic of the veil Moses put over his face to cover the end of what was fading. He continues with this: “But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:14-17). Notice how Paul shows us that the first covenant and Moses were synonymous and hardened their minds. What happens when one goes from living under the commands of the Mosaic law and turns to Christ? The veil is taken away.” (1)
Old covenant legalists can be so veiled in their understanding of the what is Kingdom and what it not, that they think the drops of blessing that come their way are an endorsement of their moribund beliefs. By maintaining a connection to the law, we limit our spiritual discernment to the that of a water melon or marrow.
Jesus set the captives free from delusion and crooked vision. He did this by drawing us into Himself which is into His light. Paul asserts that to stick with the law is to neutralise the efficacy of Jesus, which explains why the spiritual discernment of the law addict is so atrocious. But it is the ‘hardened mind’ that increases in its leathery nature the longer we deny the climate change to new covenant union with God. It is our unconditional following of Jesus through the cross into resurrection that removes the veil so that we can ‘see.’
(1) Kapler, Michael C.. Clash Of The Covenants: Escaping Religious Bondage Through The Grace Guarantee . Kindle Edition.