REWARDS OF SELF DECEIT
REST AND LIFE
“God still expects what He has always expected - the difference is a change of source. He has assured that He will meet His own expectations. He has found His rest not in days and Sabbaths and weeks and feasts, but rather in the Man, Christ Jesus, and His rest in us in Messiah. He achieves His own ends in and through human beings who have put their faith in His Messiah. The practical new covenant life is characterized by obedience, just as in the old covenant, but it originates from a different source: not the determinate will of humanity to obey God, but through the life of the Son of God in us, given to us as a gift.” (1)
CHRIST IN YOU
Christ in us. Christ’s life as our life. Christ’s fellowship in the trinity is our fellowship in the Holy Family.
It is easy to assert grace and live in a degree of it while remaining tied to the law and oblivious that legalism is the fabric of our thinking. Such legalism permeates all we know and do with its knowledge tree assumptions.
In this respect it’s easy enough to assert oneness with the Body of Christ even while living in the separation of the old covenant and the law. Legalism makes us very inventive in substantiating false doctrines that we have absorbed as truth since childhood. Legalism is a culture that turns what began in the spirit into words and fabrications that support suffocating ideas to which we are addicted. These are the fictions in which we have chosen to live. Thomas Torrance notes this in his exposure of the fundamentalist illusion.
“. . . Rationalistic fundamentalists are those who think they can treat biblical statements as independent from the ultimate Being to whom they refer. Once this move is made they can then apply preconceived rational structures to fit biblical statements (such as “God is love”) into a dogmatic system.
But this would be to commit the error.. namely to impose our own systems of logic on the subject matter of enquiry rather than letting it teach us its own inherent logic. Such systems of doctrine tend to be legalistic constructs of our own minds where we may seem to put grace at the center of a theological system but instead end up with a new legalistic system that does not really set people free in Christ.”
THE WHY OF FALSE GRACE
Such ‘grace’ does not set us free in Christ because we are still bound to the laws on stone. ‘One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them. One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.’
- (1) Crosby, Stephen. The New Testament Prophet: Understanding the Mind, Temperament, and Calling (Kindle Locations 960-965). . Kindle Edition.
- (2) Taken from: Participatio: Journal of the Thomas F. Torrance Theological Fellowship, 22-23)