‘We did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty’ 2 Peter 1.16 NIV.
His majesty is not only His forgiveness of sins and healing of bodies. His glory is His drawing all of us into His life and the life of the trinity. He has made us family and glorified us as the sons and daughters of God. The issue of salvation and the kingdom has nothing to do with the law and the keeping of it and everything to do with the Fatherhood of God and the Sonship of you and of us all.
A gospel whose core is miracles of healing alone is not the Kingdom Jesus began. God’s healing is His healing of our relationship with Him. All healings are a sign of this reality and must be seen as so. The most perverted gospels assure sinners that they are going to hell. Moralistic false gospels specialize in shaping up and ‘trying harder’ as the way to secure union with God. ‘Half gospels’ while calling themselves ‘full gospels’ can be rooted in old covenant separation ‘try harder’ attitudes.
It’s not uncommon for earnest Christians to seek an earned intimacy with God – but an earned intimacy which is no intimacy at all. All false gospels assume our separation from God. They live in ignorance of our at-one-ment and remain fastened to the law or its new testament equivalent – Christian cultural icons and behaviors.
God’s obsession is not sin. It is you.
RELIGION IS NOT LIFE
God does not regard you as a project. His priority is to draw you into the fellowship and life that He has already gifted you. Changes in your character happen as a result of your belonging. ‘Changes’ are not the currency of your belonging. Jesus is the reality of your belonging and His life as yours is the engine of your maturing from glory to glory. The latter is not some abstraction. It’s the growth and maturation of you as a son/daughter and the flowing of your identity as a real self instead of a false self.
WHAT IS THE GOSPEL AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR US?
“The gospel is the astonishing news that something has happened to the Son of God, and the equally astonishing news that in him something has happened to the human race. If the whole human race fell into ruin in Adam - a creature, a mere man - what happened to the human race in the death of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God? Paul tells us. When Jesus Christ died, we died. But that is only the beginning. When he rose, we rose. He ascended and sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty, the place of honor and love and delight and complete and utter acceptance.
CHRIST YOUR LIFE
Paul tells us that in his ascension we too were lifted up and seated with him at the Father's right hand-and there and then welcomed, accepted, embraced forever.
The gospel is the good news of what became of the Son of God, and of what became of us in him. It is the news that Adam and all of us were crucified with Christ, dead and buried, and on the third day Adam and all of us were quickened with new life and raised with Jesus, and then lifted up to the Father's right hand in Jesus’ ascension and seated with Christ.
What happened on the Cross? Why did Jesus die? How do we understand the meaning of his death? The death of Jesus Christ was part of a seamless movement in which the Triune God laid hold of the human race and decisively and sovereignly altered its very existence, cleansing it of all alienation, quickening it with new life and lifting it up into union with the Father, Son and Spirit.” (1)
Our Adamic life with its captivity and separation has been undone. Don’t imprison yourself in a gospel in which Adam has not been neutralized and you remain separated. Why entangle yourself in cunningly devised fables when you can live simply in the grace of His life as yours?
(1) C Baxster Kruger, Jesus and the Undoing of Adam, loc. 584 Kindle.