Many Believers, for differing reasons have absorbed a deficient view of God and themselves because - in good faith – they have absorbed distorted gospels of the kind Paul called, ‘Other Gospels.’
This need not disturb us too much if we are humble enough to be teachable and adventurous enough to join Jesus in His audacious life without limits. The challenge of life is to explore the amazing geography of the fullness of God and luxuriate in the hitherto unexpected beauties of His Landscape rather than going into bat for the notions of tradition and dissipating our lives pumping up faith in gospels that were never legitimate in the first place.
Here is one of the most accurate summaries I have found of the Gospel of Jesus and the apostles.
“The foundational truth that makes the gospel good news to us, without which there is no good news at all, is the connection, the objective union between Jesus Christ and the human race. That connection means that one died for all; therefore all died.
That objective union means that the death of Christ was our death; that there and then in Jesus Christ the human race was crucified, dead and buried; that on the Cross of Calvary our disease, our estrangement, our alienation, our flesh, were crucified. Paul saw it. He saw that Adam's fall and ours, Adam's alienation and ours, Adam's sin and ours, were called to an abrupt end, that there and then in Jesus Christ it was all put to death.
And then Paul saw the resurrection. If we were united with Jesus Christ in his death, what happened to us in Jesus' resurrection? Listen to what Peter says: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (lPET 1:3).
Jesus Christ died, and Jesus Christ rose again from the dead on Easter Sunday morning. The heart of the gospel is the news that in his death and resurrection, something was happening to you and to me and to the human race. When he died, we died. And when he rose, we rose again to new life, there and then 2000 years ago.” (1)
If we are still in the law in our mindset, we remain with separated Adam. If we are in the Christ of God, He is our life. His relationship with God is our relationship and more. He is us.
(1) Baxster Kruger, Jesus and the Undoing of Adam, Kindle loc. 577