ALIVE IN THE FULLNESS OF A HOLISTIC LIFE
To live in the fullness of what heaven has done for us in Jesus we must rightly divide (interpret) the word of truth. It’s not hard when Christ is our life and our ideology is not. In this way we have accurate and informed knowledge of our inheritance in Christ, with the result that we are privy to what God has given us and informed concerning who we are as Christian persons.
A genuine Gospel is rooted in the life and teaching of Jesus, the apostles, the church Fathers and Reformed Theology. It’s not something we just make up because we can. There’s no honour in belonging to the Body if we represent walking in darkness.
NOTIONAL OR SPIRIT AND TRUTH?
All are sons of God notionally. Some are sons of God in spirit and in truth because they agree with and intentionally live in the fullness of their inheritance. This is to say that some are competent to minister the Kingdom because they are alive in Christ in rooted in the Gospel of Jesus and the apostles.
‘He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant--not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life’ 2 Cor 3.6 NIV.
THE LIGHT AND THE WAY
Enlightened interpretation means new covenant interpretation. By knowing what God has done and agreeing with it, we position ourselves to receive all instead of only some of our inheritance. All is ours when we have Christ’s new covenant mind. Droplets are ours when we have been diddled out of fullness by adopting mindsets produced by the Enemy for the purpose of leeching potency from Believers.
Law based gospels are convoluted and specious. The mode of Christ our life is union with God and Kingdom.
NEW AND LIVING. LIFE
Dr Stephen Crosby explains the radical disjunction between the old and new covenants as follows. “I can take myself away out of a room. I can take the garbage away. I can take a gun out of a hand of a baby and I can take my enemies away by removing them from the planet! All these things were taken away, but there is finality in the latter! This is the sense in which the old covenant has been "set aside" so the second can be established. This is not remodelling a room in the house. This is tearing the whole thing down so a new one can be built.” (1).
The new covenant is this: Christ’s life as your life. Christ’s life as the life of the church. Christ in you transforming you and the church into agents of His new creation life.
CHRIST AND PAUL’S GOSPEL
A law hermeneutic distorts the entire gospel. It’s living from scarcity when you have abundance. With the new covenant lens - which is God’s reality - the new testament is the story of who Father is, what Jesus accomplished for us and who we are as a result: Sons of God and Kings and priests of His life. It is ‘I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.’
The new covenant is relationship and status: This is to say it is our union with God and our sonship in Jesus. Simply put, Christ is our life; to see Jesus is to see ourselves. As Jesus is in heaven in relationship with our Father and Holy Spirit, so are we in the world. We see that our inheritance is abundantly more than most people realise. Much of the church lives out of scarcity. when what is ours is abundance.
‘By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is, so also are we in this world’ 1 John 4.17 NIV ESV.
Right interpretation of the Bible is ours when we are living in new covenant light. Our view of what the new testament means depends on the lens we are using. If we have been led to believe that our new covenant living is just a modification of our pre-cross life our interpretation of Jesus’ teaching will be miss-applied. We will distort Christ and what He is saying in the scriptures. With new covenant eyes we will read Christ’s teaching as it was intended to be received. We will ‘rightly divide (interpret) the word of truth.
Jesus’ Sower story is not about weeding out besetting sins - unless we mean the more subtle sin of rejecting the fullness of the gospel of Christ or modifying it to fit a partisan doctrinal schema. The parable of the Sower is about those who reject Jesus’ gospel, those who receive it with their own modifications and distort it and those who embrace the seed as it is in its fullness. The seed is Christ. The soil is you and that in which you are embedded. The ‘much fruit’ Believers are those who are imbedded where they belong. They are living from Christ’s gospel - not some private interpretation. They are rooted in the soil of the trinity, which is the life-hub of the universe. They are alive, not crippled and they minister spirit and life, not parcels of death.
(1) Crosby, Stephen. The New Testament Prophet: Understanding the Mind, Temperament, and Calling (Kindle Locations 787-791). . Kindle Edition.