THE KINGDOM IS THE FALL UNDONE
There’s a reason why our post cross life is Christ our life. We can live as Believers who are sons filled with spirit and life or we can live as Believers who are slaves in the law and religion.
Sin is the result of the fall, namely the result of separation from God. Jesus has little to say about ‘sins’ as such but much to say about not receiving Him as Saviour. The entire new testament is not about sin management or a moral agenda even though this is what much of Christianity has made it. What is sin? It is cultural and personal degradation. This is why Jesus presents Himself as the way the truth and the life – not an agenda or a religion but Himself as a person to heal you and heal us.
HE COMES AS HIMSELF
The essence of Christ for us does not come as a religion or as sin management. Jesus succinctly captures this in the words, ‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full’ John 10.10 NIV. By attaching ourselves to ‘other gospels’ we join the conspiracy that robs people of their right to unlimited life.
Unlimited life is what we get when Jesus is our life. So we need to live in oneness with Him rather than in the accumulations of religion that have attached themselves to His name.
HE IS OUR LIFE
Oneness with God is not to be striven for. It is to believed and lived in. Paul described it this way.
‘Through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” Gal 2.19-21 NIV.
Sadly for many Christ died for not very much – which is to say that He died so that they would have life to the full but they have settled for thimbles of life.
Thousands who have attached themselves to christianity as a moral agenda have never had their deep-self touched or transformed by Christ as their life. Why? They have lived a religion instead of a life. The good news is that Jesus becomes us – Christ our life: Incarnation.
This is the way that Hebrews states is the new and living way. Richard Rohr highlights an important truth in this vein: “Rather than reading Paul’s thought primarily as arguments about sin and salvation, as Christians have long tended to do, I want to read Paul as a witness to both personal and cultural transformation, which he himself went through.” (1)
A CHANGE OF BEING
Paul’s transition from Saul to Paul is a remarkable demonstration of the change of being that happens when one is re-born from religion to Christ as one’s life. His path is instructive to all who would minister Christ in fullness. We may not literally imprison people or have them executed but by passivity and platitudes about belonging to the body along - with accommodation to half-gospels - we can imprison their souls and kill their spirits.
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Universal Christ (p. 195). SPCK. Kindle Edition.