A PROPER GRID FOR BIBLE READING
How we read scripture will affect the kind of Gospel that we embrace. Scripture read through the Living Word is the word of God. But scripture read through the law is not, and the result of such rendering is ‘another gospel’ based on misconstrued scriptures and a bent version of salvation. This is why a fundamentalist who denies a Bible Truth with the words, ‘I’d sooner believe what the Bible says,’ does not always know what the Bible says. It’s why one can quote a scripture about all of us belonging to the one loaf, when the loaf we have joined is not His Loaf. Scripture properly applied and validated always occurs in union with Christ our life.
The essence of the Gospel is that God has re-joined us to Himself in the person of Jesus Christ. Adam has been undone and Jesus has won – won us into communion with God. The meta-narrative is that in Christ we have been united to the infinite and eternal life that is God. The essence of the Kingdom Jesus began is not religion or moralism. It’s life. John declared this with the words, ‘In Him is life and that life is the light if men.’ This is to say that being and knowing is found in the person of Jesus Christ alive in us. When Christ has come in our flesh, we are that life and we are that light.
A cock-eyed interpretation of scripture can result from a union with the knowledge of good and evil [The law] instead of the union that is a lived oneness with God. The fact that humans are joined to God in Christ is the crux of salvation and infinite life
Bruce Ritchie uses the Arian heresy as an example. “Heron pointed out that one of the essential differences between Arius and Athanasius in the fourth century was that Athanasius grasped the overall logic of the christology of the New Testament.
“It was that grasp of the inner rationale of Scripture which enabled him to read the Scriptures quite differently from Arius who, quite simply, couldn’t see the wood for the trees.
“Arius just didn’t “get it.” In contrast, concerning Athanasius, Heron wrote that he, “stresses the identity of being between the Father and the Son, and the assumption by the Son of our human nature, . . . together they constitute the ‘scope’ (skopos) of the overall message of Scripture, and thus the horizon within which Scripture itself must be interpreted.” (1) Athanasius interpreted scripture through the hermeneutic of the cross, the atonement, incarnation and Christ come in our flesh. All of which are nonsense if the Christ is not fully God and one with the Father.
There are versions of Christianity that miss the logic of salivation with the result that they live in a different reality and an askew gospel.
Similarly, we can propose a crooked version of scripture and along with it an aberrant gospel because we don’t know what Christ’s Gospel is. We have mistaken it for a re-invigorated version of the knowledge of good and evil that looks like life but is actually the same old version of death and the fall with a Christian mask.
(1) Ritchie, Bruce. T. F. Torrance in Recollection and Reappraisal (pp. 84-85). Pickwick Publications. Kindle Edition.