The gospel and grace is not a new way of coming to terms with the law. It’s the living way of doing without the law so that Christ can become us.
Since God is love we can be sure that love is relationship. We are fortunate that our relationship with God is our relationship with Christ. The entire deal is about relationship for relationship sake. Christ came among us not so that we could live a more polished religion or do a better job of keeping the law. He has come to be our life. This is the real meaning of life in the Spirit. Life in the Spirit is not the law with a Holy Spirit jolt. It’s Christ as you.
CLINGING TO THE RING You might be surprised at how many people are unwilling to wean themselves off the baby’s bottle of religion. And that how many are willing to sustain it because it’s their career.
God has come in Jesus Christ so that we are included in His life and so that his life becomes ours. We are talking participation in God’s life – not just a moral agenda. We are talking about the enjoyment and the manifestation of the life of the trinity in human beings. We are talking incarnation. Stephen Morrison displays the glory of this truth in a quote from Baxster Kruger.
SOMETHING HAS HAPPENED
“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 honour and love and delight and complete and utter acceptance, and 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.”
A STATE OF ACTION AND BEING
It's because our life in God comes from relationship and being that it is real – not just something of the head or a theological abstraction that fortifies a Christian perspective or legalistic framework. It’s not about definitions and positions. It’s real life, real God, a real story and real us. Reality is Christ and more. Reality is that we have been established in the fellowship of Christ, our Father and Holy Spirit. We are real and the Kingdom is real to the extent that we are alive in this reality. We are a phantom of ourselves and ghosts in an imaginary kingdom when we remain in Adam/Moses and the law and perpetuate the delusion of the fall.
Reality is Christ, reality is Christ our life. You belong to the Body of Christ as the community of those living in God.
“Christ wove mankind into the Trinitarian life – there is forever a resurrected human being sitting in the middle of the Godhead. And there we sit in Him, fully united to God in heavenly places. In assuming the human form, He assumed and included all of humanity into Himself. As early Church father Gregory Nazianzen says, “the unassumed is the unredeemed.” And we know from the apostle Paul that “as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive” (1 Cor. 15:22). Is this merely a “positional” or theoretical place of divine union?” (1)
In the gospel of Jesus, John and Paul this is your real world because it is the real gospel. Should we have ‘another gospel’ we are living in a lesser reality of the kind Jesus called a paddock of tares.
(1) Crowder, John. Cosmos Reborn : Happy Theology on the New Creation . Sons of Thunder Ministries & Publications - Digital version by Ten10 Ebooks. Kindle Edition.