You may have met over confident people who are embedded in their own ideas. They acquire them as 14 year old’s from their mothers. Many people adapt and change over time and embrace fresh ideas with joy. Others never leave behind the ideas of their mothers and pass them on to the next generation. They walk backwards into the future gazing at the past. The adventure of life is to discover truth, to learn that things once held as gospel are not actually so and to step into reality as it is and not as it has been distorted to be by fearful minds and sincere ideologues.
WHO IS OUR CHRIST?
You need to live from the real Jesus in order to become the real you. In his excellent book Patmos, Baxter Kruger draws our attention to the false christ. Many of us would have imagined this to be some kind of occult figure or demagogue and it may include these. But the strategy of deception is to present a more subtle false christ: One of our own imagining and making; a christ composed of fear, guilt and twisted religious ideas of the kind to which we are all prone. Then again our false christ may be the product of our false gospel.
Any Christ that is not the Christ of Jesus, John and Paul is a false christ as is any Christ who is not the Representation of the New Covenant. Here’s a test. The command of God is to believe His Son. The testimony of Jesus is that He is our life. That’s the testimony of Paul and the testimony of heaven. If you have made the choice to follow wherever Jesus leads and you have agreed with Him that He is indeed your life – you will be increasingly absorbed into His truth about Himself and about you. If you have been smug and lazy enough to imagine that your ideas are his ideas you can expect increasing torpor and delusion.
‘Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.’ Don’t be among those who think they have something of substance when what they have is a mirage.
Just so we know, Jesus never represented the law or came as an apologist for the law. He was not informed by the law, did not conform to it and has never been a representation of the law.
Jesus came from the Father. He and the Father were one. He only did what Father was doing because He was one in the sense that the Son was a son as the Son of God and the Son of Man. Jesus did not live out of the law. He lived out of His Father. Had Jesus been subject to the law He could not have been God. The law would have been god being superior to the Son and the Father.
A law-based theology is a nonsense because it elevates the abstraction of the law above the agency and person of God.
MEANING OF PERSONS You as a human being were birthed by God from the womb of the trinity. The meaning of persons is that they are alive and have agency as sons of God. We are spirit beings with a body. When Jesus emphasises that the core teaching of the Kingdom is that Christ has come in our flesh He is establishing the agency of personhood- spirit and life as the distinguishing feature of our sonship.
Spirit and life is the ‘brightness’ of life itself. It’s the ‘zing’ of true personhood. Christ our life makes us persons in a way they the law never can. There is something dull about law-captives that is not to do with intelligence but a restricted and enervated humanity that has been dulled down into something that is separate from God and therefore less than human. This is why the knowledge of good and evil is the harbinger of death.
To be a real person Christ must be our life. Access to this life comes from the recognition that we have already been received into His mode of life; His fellowship with our Father and the grace of His life as ours. We come to know Jesus by Jesus and through Jesus being alive in our being. Don’t suffocate His presence with a misguided obsession with the law. Francois Du Toit writes,
“It is impossible to contemplate the real Jesus, without being overwhelmed with the way He unveils the real Father and the real you in himself!” Your ability to impart His life and reveal the good news of the Kingdom in its glory depends on your being informed by a real gospel a real Jesus and living as the real you. False Christ’s always generate false selves and crippled souls. You will live in surpassing vitality of spirit and bodily life when you live in the reality that Christ really is your life.