TRUTH AND LIFE ARE A PAIR
As we are seeing today, there are those who purvey falsehood as truth and un-reality as the life. They have masses of followers because they have been seduced into messianic style lies.
The Enemy has a method and that method is to subvert the Kingdom from within by suggesting and multiplying false facts ‘false christs’. We might dispense with the idea that ‘false christs’ are cultic or demonic figures, although they can be. False christs are usually more blended in than this. They are an amalgam of some truth with subtle spin. They are renderings of the gospel of the Kingdom and the person of Jesus that are inaccurate enough to be no gospel at all.
Paul writes, ‘I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!’ Gal 1.1-8 NIV.
The strategy here is to undo the Kingdom at the base by subverting the foundation of our inheritance. It’s the kind of gospel Paul described as ‘No gospel at all.’ John describes attitudes that eliminate the incarnation in favour of the law or religion as having their source in the anti-christ spirit. It’s clear from this scripture that this spirit is often embedded in well accepted teaching that form part of the structure of the church.
GIFT OF KNOWING
“Knowledge of God is only by grace. We cannot know God unless God gives us the gift of knowing Himself. Jesus continues to say, “no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” This closed circle of fellowship opens up to us through the grace of Jesus Christ. He graciously reveals God to us; we do not work our way up into knowledge of God.” (1)
GIFT OF BEING
To know God as God is, is to know Christ and be drawn into the wisdom of His logos, which is the purpose, meaning and structure of what we call reality. Jesus is the light of the word because He is the lens through which we become full of wisdom and the Holy Spirit.
Workers and slaves are not glorious. You have a glory that is yours by creation and redemption. Your glory is to be who God made you as a unique son/daughter of God. Glory is more than some bright stuff or charismatic manifestations. ‘Your glory’ is you as a minister of the life flowing through you in your union with God. Your glory is you as an expression of the trinity.
HIS LIFE/OUR LIFE
Jesus reveals God to us in our heart and unveils Himself as He is. Thus His effect is not a moral program but is entirely the replication of His life in us and as us. Jesus is not a clever way of adjusting the regime of the knowledge of good and evil. He is the living way of restoring us to infinite life and bonding us into communion with the trinity.
The real Gospel as opposed to an ‘adjusted’ gospel always portrays Christ as better than we have thought and His Grace, vaster than we have imagined.
A genuine pursuit of God’s truth will subject us to increasing revelation of Jesus Christ and His gospel. The pure in heart see God as He is, know themselves as they are and are full of wisdom and the Holy Spirit. Polluted hearts just make stuff up to suit themselves.
(1) Morrison, S. D.. We Belong: Trinitarian Good News (pp. 32-33). Beloved Publishing. Kindle Edition.