THE ONE LOAF
The bottom line is that much of the imprisonment of the human race comes from the mind and the mindset that incubates in the soul as a result of the yeast of the Pharisees - which is the yeast of the law and religion. Using the image of yeast we can see that there is bread that is wholesome and bread that is poison. This alerts us to be on guard as the kind of loaf we are partaking of.
When Satan presented the initial lie he did not change the world because he could not. He presented a false narrative, an alternative vision, a seed of iniquity which when ingested into the soul and spirit of Adam and Eve, made them distorters of creation because they had become the bearers of iniquity – the seeds of death masquerading as light and life.
Paul warned that belief in ‘other gospels’ attract a curse. It does. We create our reality out if the things we believe. Given this, Jesus comes among us as THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. He dispels darkness and distorted realities by being the TRUE LIGHT as opposed to the aberrant light that carries the seeds of confusion, decay and death.
These seeds grow into plants and become paddocks of tares – socially constructed ‘other gospels’ that fertilise and grow themselves into communities of aberrant faith. Intrinsically those who so believe are the sons of God. But in actuality and practise they are the sons of the evil one because they have been ensnared in the witchcraft of a lie – a lie that debilitates them and the communities in which they live. Leaders rise up whose identity and prospects depend on the maintenance of this distorted culture. So they live to pump it up. But the kind of leadership that they represent is blind leaders of the blind.
There is such a thing as corporate delusion. “In his ground-breaking study, The Apostle Paul and the Introspective Conscience of the West, the renowned Harvard scholar and pastor Krister Stendahl (1921–2008) writes that Paul hardly ever speaks of personal guilt, or personal and private salvation—we are just trained to hear him that way! Stendahl goes so far as to say that in the undisputed seven original letters of Paul, he does not speak of personal forgiveness as much as of God’s blanket forgiveness of all sin and evil. Sin, salvation, and forgiveness are always corporate, social, and historical concepts for the Jewish prophets and for Paul. When you recognize this, it changes your entire reading of the Gospels.” (1)
The corporate nature of alienation from God also alerts us to the true meaning of Jesus’ mission to set captives free. He sets us free from personal distortions of God and from cultural and denominational distortions of God and ourselves. Truly, it is as we enter His Freedom as communities that we become genuinely free and experience in a real way the Kingdom of God. “Evil was seen by both Jesus and Paul as corporate bondage and illusion, more than just private perverse behavior. Of course, both are true in the full picture.” (2)
‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free’ Luke 4.18 NIV.
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Universal Christ (p. 198). SPCK. Kindle Edition.
(2) Ibid, (p. 199). SPCK. Kindle Edition.