ONLY ONE GOSPEL
‘I am not ashamed of the gospel: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is revealed the righteousness of God from faithfulness unto faith: as it is written, But the righteous shall live from my faithfulness’ Rom 1.16,17.
There is one Gospel, not many and one body of revealed truth by which all supposed truth must be assessed.
In his Commentary on the book of Romans Karl Barth writes. “In announcing the limitation of the known world by another that is unknown, the Gospel does not enter into competition with the many attempts to disclose within the known world some more or less unknown and higher form of existence and to make it accessible to men. The Gospel is not a truth among other truths. Rather, it sets a question-mark' against all truths.” (1)
If Christ and His Word are the Light in which lesser lights are to be inspected, then The Gospel of Jesus, Paul and John is the Gospel by which any gospel is to be declared legitimate and life-giving.
SET PEOPLE FREE
Saul who once chained people up or for being themselves in God, passed by his new birth into Paul – the Paul who released people from religious chains. He released them because he had been made free of such chains. He writes,
‘But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favour on me—and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace’
Paul was impelled from within by the Spirit of life to spread the gospel of freedom and holiness – free from religion.
Sin is more than our taking pleasure in fornications and adulteries. It’s more than our addiction to drugs and self-promotion. It’s more than an addiction to our own ideas - although not much more. Sin manifests as an obsession with following our own way at the expense of His new and living way. We are in sin when we are beholden to ‘other gospels’ and sinning when we re-cast Christ’s ‘yes’ as a ‘no.’
Jesus did not berate people about their sins. He urged them to receive Him as their life. Righteousness flows from life and life flows from oneness with God.
The model for life to the full is the trinitarian life with each other. Jesus described this as the oneness He enjoys with Father.
‘I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me’ John 17.22,23 NIV.
This joy in fellowship and mutual celebration of each other while living in the glory of our true self, is the self-multiplying life of God given to us by Jesus and called ‘life to the full.’
Sin is any substitution of the life that is Christ with something that is not Christ. It’s so because Christ is our union with God.
There’s a reason why certain public figures erect their own reality and oppose the truth. Sin is separation from God and may take the form of antipathy to God and therefore antipathy to life. Sin is any form of unlife.
There’s a one letter difference between lie and life.
The difference is subtle yet degrading. The saying ‘sin is sin’ is a nonsense and a truth. Sin is the perversion of the good, as in the perversion of a work ethic into a workaholism. All sin is not the same, just as water can be drunk in a glass or water it carry you out to sea in a rip. But there is a worse effect of sin.
“Ultimately, the greatest problem for God in regards to human sin is that sin interferes with love. In the most simple expression, sin is that which opposes the love of God. Sin is that which stands in the way of our adoption.
The primary motivation for God to deal with sin is not, contrary to Western legalism, a legal obligation from God to punish sin. God does not oppose sin because it breaks His rules. God opposes sin because sin gets in the way of His love for the human race. Sin is met with the Divine Yes, and the Divine No. A joyful Yes to loving us, and adopting us into His eternal fellowship, but a firm No to our contradiction.” (2)
SUFFOCATION AS RELIGION
We can oppose ourselves to the love of God by adopting alternative gospels and deviant plans of salvation. Rejecting the new covenant and a reversion to the law as a legitimate gospel is one such sin. It stands in the way of our adoption by insulating us in Adam’s separation. It suffocates our ability to love, traps us in false grace and imprisons us in the spiritual blindness. It stands in the way of our adoption by diluting the foundation of the Christian Age with assorted works and partial atonements. Sin suffocates the incarnation in our being.
Contrary to how some would have it, the foundation of Kingdom of Life is not gifts of the Spirit, signs and wonders or miracles of healing. The accomplishment of the cross is the foundation of your life is that you and Father are one. The core of you and the Kingdom of God is your union with God in Jesus Christ.
WHY REVIVAL FADES
Colin Urquhart wrote a book entitled, ‘When the Spirit Comes.’ In it he noted that the effects of Holy Spirit were real and beneficial – except that they did not last and the revival inevitably faded. The truth is that the anointing and the gifts are not the full gospel.
Holy Spirit comes to represent Christ and His Gospel that has given us the oneness with God that Jesus enjoys with Father.
This is why we can say, ‘Our Father.’ To live in the old covenant and the law is to live in a mindset of separation from God, in Adam’s separation. But we have Christ’s union with God. This is the Gospel of the Kingdom.
‘But what does Scripture say? "Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman's son.’ Gal 4,30 NIV.
There are places in which one could heal every disease in the entire church – and the people would still remain unhealed. Unhealed in their being because they live in the old covenant, separated in their minds by the law and insulated from the fellowship and oneness that is already theirs because they are in Adam and not in Christ. These Believers are insulated from life because they are living out of their self-made contract with God. Namely ‘I will do this so that God will do that’. Such a mindset makes God our lackey and reduces us to being workers and slaves. The Kingdom of God is not the sons of the slave woman with the gifts added. The Kingdom of God is the effect of our oneness with God and Christ come in our flesh. Those in whom Christ has come are the church Jesus builds without human hands. They are the agents par excellence of the New Creation.
(1) Epistle to the Romans, p.35.
(2) Morrison, S. D.. We Belong: Trinitarian Good News (p. 48). Beloved Publishing. Kindle Edition.