OUR RESPONSE TO OUR INHERITANCE
To minister in competence as a minister of the new covenant our model is Jesus, John and Paul – not Caiaphas and Saul. While flecks of grace can be found in sincere old covenant ministry, rivers of life are ours to disburse in new covenant fullness.
NEW AND LIVING WAY
The reason is this. In the old covenant its ‘obey and live.’ Obey and your in. Disobey and you’re out. In the new covenant ‘You’re in.’ We are in whether we are Believers or not. It’s our unconditional ‘inness’ that heals our ache to belong to Father. It’s this same ‘inness’ that transforms our lives. Woven into God’s being we take on His nature.
BEGINNING AT THE BEGINNING
Bradley Jersak tells of an experience a Dean, a chaplain had with a prison population. In mates are notoriously ‘innocent’ and not easily persuaded to admit guilt. Dean began where the post cross life of all if us begins. We have been forgiven. There really is no condemnation in Christ Jesus. You don’t repent in order to gain this prize of forgiveness. You are forgiven, accepted and received. You belong as a son/daughter of God. This is the source of our new birth into the new us. Brad writes,
ALWAYS WAS, ALWAYS WILL BE
“Apparently, Dean’s secret is what Scriptures said all along: what Christ did, he did for all. All were included in his saving life, death and resurrection. All are “in” prior to faith and repentance—but declaring that truth ignites responses of faith and repentance. That’s why we call faith a response to Christ’s saving Grace, rather than a transaction that somehow purchases it. Yes, a response is necessary, but it’s a response to the good news, Abba’s YES in Christ.” (1)
RESPONSE NOT A DEAL
It is a response that ignites the Christ in us. It’s not the start of a contract; not you doing a transaction by clinging to some favoured denominational icons. It’s not even you receiving Christ. It’s you living from the fact – a state of being that is you. You already drawn into the life of Christ and His fellowship as God and with God. He has put you within the Holy Family.
(1) Jersak, Bradley. IN: Incarnation & Inclusion, Abba & Lamb (p. 115). St. Macrina Press. Kindle Edition.