The Gospel of the Kingdom as Paul so succinctly put it is that Christ is our life. John was energetic in declaring the fulsomeness of the Gospel in which Jesus Christ the light and the light of human beings. There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus because He is the Way and the Life in Person.
Some communities of faith ignore the church fathers, classical Christianity and the apostles teaching because they are not in fact Christian. They are a distortion of Christ's Gospel.
‘Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit’ Rom 8.1-4 NIV.
Jesus does not even condemn sinners for being sinners but offers Himself as the Way of belonging and transformation. His Message is that He Himself is life, forgiveness, healing, wholeness and holiness. We become holy when we agree with Him that He is our life.
The law and legalism is irrelevant to this life that is ours in Christ – except to make us conscious of the degradation of sin. Bit this law, couched as it is as the knowledge of good and evil is never a compendium of true righteousness because it is always relative and continually manipulated to suit the slave of the law.
BRANCHES OF DEATH
The prisoner is always fiddling with her manacles, attempting make righteousness out of something that was birthed in lies. We can if we choose live an intellectualised legalism or the legalised moralism of the boof-head. Both cripple our humanity and damage our ability love and be love. Because Christ has come in our flesh we need not try to live to externalities. Rather we rest in Christ, be ourselves in Him and thank Him for releasing His qualities in us.
We may observe that Believers who resist the radical grace of Christ our life in favour of the ‘sureties’ of the law exhibit a sour if not miserable disposition or become a kind of dead man walking – meaning whatever they do, they never come alive in their spirit. There is a Way to have a robust soul. Paul called it Christ your life.
“What the Nicene Creed asserts so decisively in its affirmation that the one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all time, is true God of true God, of one and the same Being with the Father.
In the incarnation God has communicated his divine Self to us in Jesus Christ, and done that in such a triune way in the revealing and saving activity of Christ among us that God the Father and God the Holy Spirit are directly present and personally operative with him, the Father as his and our God and Father, and the Holy Spirit as the one Spirit of the Father and the Son through whom we are given to share in the Communion of Love.” (1)
This communion lives in us and becomes who we are as persons and as the church - when we believe.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (pp. 142-143). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.