In recent times we have seen that one can be a politician who is a Rhodes Scholar, yet be the embodiment of bizarre and moribund ideas. How can one be ‘well educated’ yet be a merchant of non-life?
NEW COVENANT LENS
If the lens through which we perceive life is bent or broken anything we see will be a misrepresentation of reality. This is particularly so in matters of eternal life and the Kingdom of God. Should our core beliefs center around the notion that Jesus came to uphold the law when He actually came to abolish it and replace it with Himself – replace it with Himself, incarnated in all who believe - we will have captured ourselves in a distorted god and a perverted gospel.
As a minister of life we will do better as promoters of Christ’s vision and His gospel than as an upholder and evangelist of our own perspective that is really ‘another gospel.’ Jesus urged us not to accept light that is actually darkness.
REALIZING AND PERCEIVING
‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NIV. The day that we realize that we are in God and God is in us is the day that we start to see. We have been woven into His ‘seeing.’
‘When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’ John 8.12 NIV.
Cedric was a miser. His life was about clinging to his stuff. On his kitchen bench was a bowl of moldy fruit. His fridge was filled with semi-rotten food. This is a parable of those who are addicted to superseded ideas, to their own ideas, to their half-gospels and ‘other gospels.’
The main fruit of the Spirit is In His light as your light. In His we see light and become the light. In His being we see reality as reality is. In Christ’s gospel we see that we belong in the Family of God. We are interwoven into the trinity and the trinity is transfused in us. We know that God is totally love, totally trustworthy and that we are indeed included in His life as the sons and daughters of God. The law of the spirit of life has nothing to do with Moses or the knowledge of good and evil. This law that is really no law at all is the trinity manifest as us.
The topic of this post is ‘light’ and ‘seeing’ – seeing accurately and knowing things as they are. “Light is not so much what you directly see as that by which you see everything else. This is why in John’s Gospel, Jesus Christ makes the almost boastful statement “I am the Light of the world.” (1)