Joseph Prince writes, 'My friend, make sure that what you believe in your heart always points you back to Jesus and Jesus alone and not to yourself. Remember, it is all about His work, His doing, His performance, and His love in our lives. It never points back to you. Don’t be hoodwinked by those who move away from the pristine definition of grace as God’s unmerited favor and end up making it all about you and what you need to do. That’s not grace. Grace is God’s doing—from inception and all the way to the end. Grace is God’s doing—from inception and all the way to the end.” THE SON There is more than one reason why the Son and not the law is the centrepiece of God’s Kingdom. God’s obsession is not about sin. His passion is for you and your companionship with Him. The core of the Kingdom is our inclusion in the life of God.
BODY OF DEATH
When Paul speaks of being delivered from the body of death he is talking about our deliverance from Adamic obsession with right and wrong. We have been rescued into Christ’s union with God which is union with life.
Sin consciousness produces neither life or victory over sin. If this were so the Son of Man could have presented Himself as the ‘way’ to do the knowledge of good and evil properly – which is why Christianity is not a religion but a person. If we have been trained to utilise Jesus to do the law or our self-defined list of good deeds and prohibitions, we will have gotten much of what we call ‘christianity.’ But we will not have been possessed by the Kingdom of Life that is a ‘who’ meaning Christ in you.
The new and living way into which we have been rescued by the enterprise of God is our ‘gracing’ with Christ’s life. In this life we learn to live from His life and leave our sin problem with Jesus who has taken care of it with the cross. By focussing on Jesus we are absorbed in life. The basis of all life in the micro and macro is Jesus Christ.
So the Kingdom is not about sin because the Kingdom is not about the law. The Kingdom is about the wonderful Fatherhood of Father and our true identity as sons. It’s about our being sons in spirit and truth in the incarnation of the Christ as our persona and our life.
In some cases people have been introduced to Christianity as severity in action. Similarly others have been socialised into a ‘mean’ salvation of scarcity. God’s love for us is infinite as is His provision for the realisation of our sonship in fullness. This fullness is Jesus as us. He is our grace and the transforming life within our being. Grasping our salvation in fear and trembling is living Christ our life. Never adopting some legalistic regime.
The effect of true doctrine is seen in the nature of you. In truth you will know who God is, who Christ is and what He has done and who we are as sons as a result of the successful enterprise of the Trinity. You will know who you are with divine knowledge and possess the facility of contemplation no matter what your personal disposition.
You will live, be alive, in a security that is your life in Him rather than your life in manipulated surroundings. Sound doctrine has its effect in our spirit and soul. It’s the door to the fullness of our inheritance in Christ – a door that will permit no humbug and rationalisation of half-gospels and ‘other gospels’ that are distortions of the apostles teaching. The main effect of Christ’s life as yours is ‘grace and peace’. With Christ as our life we have a Sabbath life. With us as our life all our efforts are problematic.
GOD REALLY IS LOVE BECAUSE LOVE IS GOD’S BEING
God is sentient and alive with love because God is triune – which would be impossible if God were a monolith. Just saying.
SIN IT’S OWN PUNISHMENT
“Jesus Christ took the punishment for our sin to undo sin, defeat death, and remove our guilt. Sin leads to death and corruption. Sin itself is the corruption which leads to death. Sin is non-existence eating away at existence, a non-real reality. It is a disease consuming our true humanity. This is the major difference between my understanding of Penal Substitutionary atonement, and many of the modern interpretations of it. For me, the “penal” aspect (referring to punishment) does not come from God. It is not God who punishes sin; sin itself is punishment. Sin does not need to be punished by God; it needs to be undone, removed, and healed.” (1)
FOLLY WRIT LARGE
The Trump episode in American history is an unfortunate example of the way folly destroys those who embrace futility as wisdom. One could easily get the idea that Father’s job description is pretty much about going about punishing people. People punish themselves by the narrative they embrace. Life or death is in the ideas we call our own. Sin is its own punishment.
The death of Jesus Christ was not a payment given to satisfy the Father. Instead, Jesus Christ entered into our pain and death to share in our lives and to undo death itself by being life in us and among us.
(1) Morrison, S. D.. We Belong: Trinitarian Good News (p. 109). Beloved Publishing. Kindle Edition.