I taught my Bible students that God was about life; that they could do better than turn to Him when their parents were divorcing or when Aunt Maud had cancer. They could live with Him and in so doing live in life personified. * They were excited about that, as was I.
Joe (not his real name) went off to theological college to become a minister. Trouble is he went to an institution steeped in the law. By ‘the law’ read Moses and the old covenant. Rather than be moulded into a representative of Christ his life, he came out the other end as a representative of religion.
SUFFOCATED BY A FORM OF GODLINESS
A law-based gospel presents an appearance of the Kingdom Jesus began. But is a negation of the Kingdom at base level. Legalism negates the cross and side-lines the Christ. Legalism maintains the era of the knowledge of good and evil and does it under the umbrella of christianity. John suggest that legalism originates from the spirit of anti-christ (2 John 1.7). As such it is a clever deception.
In Jesus Christ, we are enveloped in the love of God – namely we are included in the Communion that is the trinity. We are graced in God. “Believers are called to announce the Good News that “in Christ, God has reconciled all things to himself.” That is the passionate assertion that animated the early Christians and empowered them to spread the Good News about Jesus all over the known world.” (1) The good news was never some pathetic re-invention of the law.
Religion is not life and can only ever be a pseudo-representation of our inheritance in Christ.
IT’S NOT ADAM/MOSES RE-INVIGORATED
Jesus did not represent religion. He took it to the cross and it crucified it with Adam. What we have in the resurrected Jesus is His life as ours. Jesus is not mediating the law into our person. He is mediating Himself from His position within your being. This is life in the Spirit. Life in the law plus ‘the gifts’ is not life in the Spirit. It’s life in Adam. Your real self and your real life is Christ your life.
SEEK THE DISCERNMENT OF CHRIST
Learn to avoid convoluted teaching that maintains the fall disguised as your religion. It originates in the spirit of antichrist.
‘I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist’ 2 John 1.7 NIV.
Here John is telling us that Christ comes by the Spirit to manifest Himself in you. Actually it’s more than ‘in you’. It’s Jesus expressing Himself as you. This is what the Lord’s Table and incarnation is all about. Deceiver’s will tell you that the law is meant to come in your flesh - with Jesus’ help of course. But this is an inversion of the cross and an annulment of the incarnation.
Jesus offers us life without limit. He is life and when we are in Him, so are we. We are life. We are alive in His spirit and life. But if we are formed in the law we can be no more alive in spirit than a statue of you is alive. I have observed people minister in this mode. They have no awareness that they are dead folks talking because without spirit and life we cannot see or hear Kingdom reality.
‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20. This realization is the difference between imparting religion and advancing the Kingdom Jesus began.
In a recent movie one of the characters says, ‘People who are deluded easily believe illusions.’ A common delusion among Believers is that we are separated from God and that we do religion in order to overcome this separation. The fact is though that in Jesus, we and our Father are one.
Athanasius of Alexandria* wrote, “He became what we are so that he might make us what he is.” Jesus graces us with His forgiveness and imbues us with His Person. By the Spirit Christ comes in our flesh. We become a manifestation of Jesus – if we do not allow ourselves to be distracted by bits and pieces of religion posing as ‘keys’ and ‘fresh revelation.’ Don’t be among those who ‘revelate’ themselves out of the Gospel of Jesus and Paul.
To be Godly is to be human in the best way. As our best self we are sons and daughters of God in spirit and in truth. We can attempt this by adhering to propositions, which is the way of legalism or we can embrace the new and living way which is Christ’s life as ours. Quite simply we become a Godly because Christ becomes us. We are alive because His life is our life and we are His Spirit and life. We are sons not notionally, not positionally and not in the letter that kills – but in reality which is to ‘be’ sons in spirit and in truth.
* Living from a belief system we are usually unaware of just how un-alive we are.
(1) Davis Ph. D., Rev. Martin M.. A Window into the Heart of God (p. 24). AsiAfrica Ministries, Inc.. Kindle Edition.