WHEN ACCEPTED ORTHOXOXY IS NOT YOUR INHERITANCE IN CHRIST
How do we fall into the trap of constructing a false christ and another gospel? We do it when we make a gospel out of the law, moralism, jumping through hoops and adding or subtracting from the Gospel of Jesus and the apostles. We do it when we live from externalities instead of union with God.
OLD AND DEAD WAY
We make a false christ by making god to be such a one as ourselves and making him in our own image. We do it more subtly by continuing the lie of the fall that God cannot be trusted and that we need to take the initiative and make ourselves more than we are by a version of the law, because we think we are not enough. We never us this way. But we are more than enough when Christ is our life.
Next to believing we are not enough is thinking that God is not enough. That incarnation of His Person in our being is not enough. So we revert to the law and must do additions of our own. But Jesus Christ is more than enough and if you believe what is already true His life will become your life.
Any Christian culture that makes ‘godliness’ out of behaviour modification and micro-management sourced in revelation from God has not originated in God. This is Abraham and Hagar re-invented. Holistic development of the human person – the maturing of the sons of God from glory to glory has nothing to do with the law and everything to do with Christ as you and as us. Christ in you makes you whole and Holy. It’s the ultimate cool.
HOLISM COMES FROM CHRIST AS YOU
‘The harmonious development of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual powers’ is an impossibility should one be rooted in the law. But is a growing reality when Christ is our life. We are talking incarnation.
We make a false christ by making a ‘god’ of the law and relying on extra-Biblical sources that degrade the incarnation and vitiate life in the spirit. Maintain life in the law and you may experience a spattering of ‘gifts’ but you will not be in the spirit or live in the Spirit.
This ‘other gospel’ has the effect of replacing God interwoven into our being with a reliance on externalities. It’s the undoing of Christ come in our flesh and the replacement of the law come as our flesh.
‘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.
“We deny the incarnation and God’s self-revealing when we seek after a knowledge of God that does not rely wholly upon the person and work of Jesus Christ, which does not see in Him the inseparable bond of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” (1) To know Jesus is to know our Father, which means that we need to be infilled by Christ, possessed by Father’s Christ and not some self-generated christ.
THE NARROW WAY
“What if we refused to determine our doctrine of God by any philosophy, any theology, or even any scripture verse removed from its proper context, and instead, what if our doctrine of God was adamantly shaped and controlled by the incarnate life and passion of the Son of God? This would result in nothing less than a revolution in the doctrine of God.” (2)
And a revolution in what we know as ‘Godliness.’ The mystics are correct when they speak of ‘oneness’ with God. Oneness can be lived by all because we have already been made one with God by God.
POSSESS YOUR INHERITANCE
Our inheritance post cross is Adam’s separation undone and our interwoveness into the trinity as a state of being and in fellowship. Now we are the sons of God in conjunction with Christ as our life is the essence of the spirit of sonship and the means by which heaven becomes replicated on earth – the new creation. There is no new creation without incarnation and no genuine anointing without our possessing our new covenant union with God.
(1) Morrison, Stephen D.. T. F. Torrance in Plain English (Plain English Series Book 2) (p. 72). Beloved Publishing, LLC. Kindle Edition.