THE GUSHING OF SPIRIT AND LIFE
There is more than one reason why the Son and not the law is the centrepiece of God’s Kingdom. God’s obsession is not about sin but for you and your life not - about sin.
Sin consciousness produces neither life or victory over sin. If this were so the Son of Man could have presented Himself as the ‘way’ to do the knowledge of good and evil properly – which is why Christianity is not a religion but a person. If we have been trained to utilise Jesus to do the law or our self-defined list of good deeds and prohibitions, we will have gotten much of what we call ‘christianity’ but we will not have been possessed by the Kingdom of Life that is a ‘who’ : Christ in you.
So the Kingdom is not about sin because the Kingdom is not about the law. The Kingdom is about the wonderful Fatherhood of Father and our true identity as sons. It’s about our being sons in being in spirit and truth in the incarnation of the Christ as our persona and our life.
In some cases people have been introduced to Christianity as severity in action. Similarly others have been socialised into a ‘mean’ salvation. God’s love for us is infinite as is His provision for the realisation of our sonship in fullness.
The effect of true doctrine is seen in the nature of you. In truth you will know who God is, who Christ is and what He has done and who we are as sons as a result of the successful enterprise of the Trinity. You will know who you are with divine knowledge and possess the facility of contemplation no matter what your personal disposition.
You will live, alive, in a security that is your life in Him rather than your life in manipulated surroundings. Sound doctrine has its effect in our spirit and soul. It’s the door to the fullness of our inheritance in Christ – a door that will permit no humbug and rationalisation of half-gospels and ‘other gospels’ that are distortions of the apostles teaching. Probably the main effect of Christ’s life as yours is ‘grace and peace’.
God is sentient and alive with love because God is triune – which would be impossible if God were a monolith. Just saying.
“Jesus Christ took the punishment for our sin to undo sin, defeat death, and remove our guilt. Sin leads to death and corruption. Sin itself is the corruption which leads to death. Sin is non-existence eating away at existence, a non-real reality. It is a disease consuming our true humanity. This is the major difference between my understanding of Penal Substitutionary atonement, and many of the modern interpretations of it. For me, the “penal” aspect (referring to punishment) does not come from God. It is not God who punishes sin; sin itself is punishment. Sin does not need to be punished by God; it needs to be undone, removed, and healed.” (1)
One could easily get the idea that Father’s job description is pretty much about going about punishing people. The notion of ‘his wrath’ is often utilised as our judgment of those whom we think deserve our judgment. This overlooks the truth that sin is its own punishment.
The death of Jesus Christ was not a payment given to satisfy the Father. Instead, Jesus Christ entered into our pain and death to undo death itself.
(1) Morrison, S. D.. We Belong: Trinitarian Good News (p. 109). Beloved Publishing. Kindle Edition.
(2) Ibid, (p. 111). Beloved Publishing. Kindle Edition.