IT'S NOT JUMPING THROUGH HOOPS
“The radical significance of Christ's substitutionary Priesthood does not lie in the fact that His perfect Self-offering perfects and completes our imperfect offerings, but that these are displaced by His completed Self-offering. We can only offer what has already been offered on our behalf, and offer it by the only mode appropriate to such a substitutionary offering, by prayer, thanksgiving, and praise.” ― T. F. Torrance.
Notions such as ‘keeping close to Jesus’ are a double bind. They imply that we must be worthy of Jesus before we can have the salvation that is Jesus. This is a convoluted and common distortion of your belonging in God through Jesus’ finished work. The Christian life is not a labour to become worthy of Christ. The cross has already proved that you are worthy. The Christian life is a continuous and growing agreement with Christ that His life is your life and that His communion with the trinity is your oneness and communion with God.
Christ is our life because Christ is our life. In Christ we are one with Father and Holy Spirt. The fall is undone. Our Adam is dead and our Christ is our new man/woman expressed as us. To live in the Resurrection of Jesus is to live in the new creation Kingdom of God. This grace is the foundation of the new you, the church Jesus builds without hands and the manifestation of the Believer as Christ multiplied.
WHY INIQUITY IS INIQUITOUS
‘Through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death’ Rom 8.2 NIV. The law of sin and death is generically the culture of fallen Adam and specifically the law of Moses.
Human degradation and death comes from lies. Sin is the fruit of a lie, the result of a false narrative about Father and about us. The Enemy uses false narratives and perverted gospels to bind people in lesser degrees of life in order to hamper the Kingdom of God.
Iniquity has the connotation of death. When the word ‘iniquity’ is used it refers to the innate perversion, decay and decease that is the law of sin and death. The knowledge of good and evil is the result of the separation that is death, the lie of rationalising death as a new form of life and the attempt to be as gods by acting self-centredly as the arbiter of good and evil.
It is for this reason that we should shun all forms of Christianity that are a prolonging the fall as a disguised version of the tree that kills. Law based religion is all of this. Stephen Morrison writes,
“Sin leads to death. Sin is death. This is clear in the book of Romans. This is fact often thought of in legal terms, where sin gets punished by death, but let’s stay away from such strict legal thought. Sin’s wage is death because sin can do nothing but decay, corrupt, and kill. Sin always ends in death because by nature sin is non-existence acting upon existence. When sin takes hold of that which is existence, sin destroys said existence like a cancer.” (1) This is why an attempted godliness in the law is futile.
PARODY OF LIFE
Just as there are false facts there is false life. The most subtle sin is a state of being which we justify as the life of God when it is really another gospel based on the separation from God in the letter that kills. Better to be a genuine community in the Body of Christ than a cancer within the Body.
LIFE IS LOVE
Gregory Boyd observes in his book, ‘Repenting of Religion’ that “Scripture repeatedly and emphatically commands us to live in love (Eph. 5:2) and to put love above and before all things (Col. 3:14; 1 Peter 4:8). It tells us that if we love, we fulfill everything else the Lord requires of us (Matt. 22:39–40; Rom. 13:8, 10; Gal. 5:14) but that if we don’t love, nothing else we do is of any value (1 Cor. 13:1–3). Most remarkably, Jesus prayed that his disciples would replicate the loving union he has with the Father by participating in the eternal union he has with the Father. And he prayed that the world would believe in him on this basis (John 17:20–26).”
CHRIST YOUR LOVE
We cannot just ‘do love.’ It’s beyond self-centred human beings. But we can love by ‘being love’ because Christ is in us. In Christ we are in the Communion that is God; the Communion that is Love. We are in this Communion in Christ and this Communion is in us and becomes us by the Spirit come in our flesh.
(1) Morrison, S. D.. We Belong: Trinitarian Good News (p. 46). Beloved Publishing. Kindle Edition.