Thomas Torrance writes, “The creative forces in human and social life [suffer] severely from analytical forces of fragmentation and disintegration.. forces of decomposition and destruction begin to be at work as soon as [we] cut loose from underlying structures or frames of being, for then the natural coherences dissolve away and a degree of disintegration sets in.” This is why in this very season people believe nonsense as fact.
When our frame is God and our being is in God, we participate in the logos – the very meaning and purpose of reality. Our frame of being is our being in God – the new covenant oneness of incarnation.
The incarnation is the at-one-ment applied and Adam’s separation undone. Charisma unconnected to new covenant union with God is not the Kingdom of God. Atonement comes by Christ and not by Holy Spirit, even though Holy Spirit was part of the enterprise that secured our reconciliation. It was Jesus who did this and it is Jesus who makes us one with God and incarnated with the trinity. The gifts are a function of the finished work of Christ. They spring from the incantation – our oneness with God and are never a thing in themselves. When they are, they promote nonsense or worse – demonic influence.
A law mindset separates us from God and retains us in Adam. In taking our bearings from the law we remove ourselves from the whole, separate ourselves from God’s being and begin to make religion from the parts instead of from the whole. Joined to religion but separated from God we make ourselves vulnerable to conspiracy theories and silly ideas in every avenue of life.
Versions of Christianity that helped elect Mr Trump to the presidency did not come from God.
Whacky ideas and poor discernment come from separation from Christ. When we are not one with the being of God and separated from the Rock from which we are hewn and make a ‘rock’ out of the assorted ‘stones’ of legalism and other gospels, we separate ourselves from meaning and attempt to make meaning out of the meaningless. Thus Paul warns, ‘The law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers..’ 1 Tim 1.9 NIV.
A performance oriented gospel, linked to signs and wonders is a polluted gospel. It withers our soul, wounds our spirit and fills the minds of even intelligent people with nonsense that they tout as principles to live by. Christians who attach themselves to conspiracy theories need to examine their attachment to God. There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus but there is no lauding of fools in the Book of Proverbs.
The first deacons were chosen because they were full of wisdom and the Holy Spirit.
You have an inheritance of extravagant spirit and life: The life of Jesus in you and more. His life as your life. This is the real meaning of grace – the truth that Jesus does not mediate eternal, infinite life to us by religion but by Himself.
By the Spirit He transfuses our being with His spirit and life. He did this as the son of God manifest as Jesus of Nazareth. He does it today as His Spirit manifests as you. No, we are not deities but yes, we are sons and daughters of God.
REJECT AN ‘INDIFFERENT MINDSET.’
We can live as son of God or as stock grazing in the paddock. We can live pedestrian lives as a religious man or woman because we have left our inheritance buried in the ground – or because we have adopted a half gospel in which we have two talents instead of ten. We can live from a charismatic mindset that denies the Kingdom of God because we are not one with God in new covenant oneness with God. The life of god flows through those for whom they and the Father are one. This is the ground of the gifts and a whole and healed life.
GRASP YOUR INHERITANCE
You can choose whether you are a two cylinder Jowett Javelin or a V12, Lamborghini Aventador S. But your measure of spirit and life along with spiritual authority has nothing to do with merit and everything to do with belief – an accurate belief in who you are in the accomplishments of God. Sonship belongs to those who live in the belongingness of sons.
GET YOUR THEOLOGY RIGHT
Francois Du Toit writes, (1 Cor 15:47) “Human life was reduced to slavery and the soul-ruled earthly realm through Adam’s fall but is now awakened to lordship in the heavenly realm of spiritual realities through the knowledge of our co-resurrection with Christ.
We theologically created the idea of man being "sinful by nature" as if humans are flawed by design. In fact it is a distorted mind-set that we inherited from Adam that Jesus had to free us from. "Your indifferent mind-set alienated you from God into a lifestyle of annoyances, hardships, and labours, sponsored by the law of sin and death that lodged in your bodies hosting a foreign influence, foreign to your design; just like a virus that would attach itself to a person." Col 1:21
There is nothing wrong with our design or salvation, we were thinking wrong. [See Isa 55:8-11, Eph 4:17, 18 and also Eph 2:1-11.]) 1 Cor 15:48 The reduced state of man left its mark on mankind as being earthly; now the redeemed state of man confirms his origin in God and marks his new heavenly life.
1 Cor 15:49 Just as we were once defined by the flesh (our earthly image) we are now defined by our spirit (our heavenly) image.” Mirror Bible