GRACE IS ALL GRACE
It’s not uncommon for Believers to talk grace and live works. Sure, we are saved by grace, some say and then go on to list things that we must do to be included in God’s Family.
An unfinished atonement, a reliance on iconic legalisms, a lived contract in which I do this so that God will do that. This is old covenant, old Adam and refurbished Moses. The making of a virtual messiah out of denominational icons, the shifting of God’s rest for human restlessness to a day of the week and away from the Christ; the construction of a denominational ‘grace’ and a fixation on iconic behaviors - as if they define righteousness, is a fantasy. The condemning of sins that we do not do is easy and lazys. The picking and choosing what is righteousness and what is evil according to cultural and denominational expectations is not Godliness.
Doctrine that looks more like the Christian version of the knowledge of good and evil is an illusion because real righteousness and real life is Christ. Christ for us and Christ as us. It’s unlikely that we will have much understanding or much time for the power of the incarnation if we have been brainwashed in the law. Thomas Torrance advanced the view that,
NOT ENTITLED TO YOUR OWN THEOLOGY
“If our doctrine of God looks far too much like us―if God acts like us, thinks just like us, and does not truly surprise us from time to time―then perhaps we have conformed God to our image. Scientific theology pursues knowledge of the living God, the God who is beyond our control, and therefore, scientific theology must reject all presuppositions and alien ways of thinking that do not derive from how God has actually been revealed to us in Jesus Christ. We must not conform God to our thinking but adjust our thinking to align with the truth of God’s self-revelation.” (1)
So don’t be tempted to see how something fits with your theology. Align your theology with God’s theology.
The issue of life is the trinity and our inclusion in this Fellowship. God’s revelation is Jesus Christ. Our belonging in the Holy Communion is by Christ. Our life is Christ and the Communion of the Trinity in us. This is sonship – union with God by the One Spirit.
God’s transformation is Christ in us, Christ as us. ‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20.
(1) Morrison, Stephen D.. T. F. Torrance in Plain English (Plain English Series Book 2 (pp. 14-15). Beloved Publishing, LLC. Kindle Edition.