Truth brings liberty from bondage and death. This morning I learned of an able man who didn’t like to be wrong. This is commendable if we have a high regard for truth. Not so much if it’s about having the mastery over others. If our passion for truth is our passion because we know that truth is life and any dilution of truth is some degree of death, we are one with Jesus and a genuine disciple of His.
‘Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’ John 14.6 NIV.
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With Christ as our life we possess the clarity and certainty that was the armoury of Jesus, Paul and John. It comes not from any cleverness in ourselves but from the advantage of living in truth personified instead of living in religion. Born into the faith, we are born into religion. God uses the first part of life to school us in the truth that this is not where life and light are to be found. We are not in God because we do ‘right things.’ We are in God because we agree that Jesus has already drawn us into His life, His fellowship and His companionship with the trinity.
Understanding comes from joining the dots. Discerning the Kingdom comes when we discover the prime dot – the one that casts the others in their proper relationship and genuine meaning. This ‘dot’ is the recognition of our ‘being in God’. This has been accomplished in the teaching of Jesus, His cross, resurrection and return in the Spirit. It is real because being in Him we are in God. Jesus is not only our righteousness. He is Meaning itself. The Jesus lens means that everything in the Bible and everything concerning salvation and ultimate life must be understood through Him.
Today Jesus’ command is not ‘keep these commandments.’ His command is ‘I am your life.’ It’s as simple and profound as that. Michael Kapler observes,
“Covenant clashers will insist, “All of the Ten Commandments are found in the New Testament.” Considering the many references we’ve uncovered so far about the law given to Israel and the failed results experienced in that former covenant, do we see any exhortation by writers in the New Covenant for you and I to specifically abide by the list of those commandments? I know people will read this into it because we’ve been under that assumption, but the answer is no.
If this were the case, surely someone would have plainly referenced the entire list of those commands of “thou shall not” in at least one or all the epistles. Perhaps we would expect to find something like this—“Remember to follow all of the Ten Commandments given on Sinai, written on stone. We do not find anything even close to it and have already uncovered something quite contrary.” (1)
This ‘quite contrary’ is the gospel of Jesus and Paul. Whether it is our gospel determines if we are actually alive and sons of God or we just think we are. The church is not given to us to be the minister of the sacraments. The church is the community of those who live in the sacrament of the incarnation – those for whom Christ is life and themselves are a living sacrament in a living life.