AGENCY AND SPIRIT BECAUSE CHRIST IS YOU
The new wineskin Jesus spoke of was not salvation as such, not a new way of doing the law and not a new way of the doing the old testament with a ‘Jesus boost’. His Way is not the era of the knowledge of good and evil amended. Neither is it a Jesus invigorated moralism. Neither is it religion. It is the triune God as you and as us. This is why the notion of rubbing Holy Spirit oil into the law and old covenant is a fundamental error. A misunderstanding so great that it is a failure to come to grips with our inheritance in the cross.
If the original lie consisted in a sly misrepresentation of God the truth in Christ is the fundamental representation of who God is – the light of the world as opposed to the slander of hell. By lending our weight to twisted gospels and thinking to persuade God to align with gospels of our own making, we oppose the light and add our support to lies gross and subtle. Thus we become purveyors of the spirit of anti-christ and the manifestations of death that cling to those who ignore Christ their life.
False gospels turn pastors into politicians and administrators into mean spirited mediocrities who work as blind leaders of those who can see.
Christ our life is a way, a truth and a life that is radically different to the varied socialisations we have been subject to in the knowledge of good and evil. This ‘knowledge’ is a culture and a spirit that insinuates itself where ever we suppose that Christ our life is not enough and we must add something of our own. Thus good people become infected with a virus that debilitates their spirit and cripples their soul – often without their knowledge because they have never been confronted or filled with life without limit because they have been immunised against it by the teaching they have internalised from childhood.
CONFUSION IS A CHOICE
We are not cut off from light unless we choose to be. Even then we are prone to an attack of grace that enters on account of hard times or astonishing love. Don’t be among those who spend their entire lives as a spiritual cripple in a bent gospel, who at last get healed by truth when they enter paradise with Christ.
You can resist divine revelation if you choose. RESIST IT because you are stubbornly wed to your own gospel that is your OTHER HUSBAND who is not Christ. If you do you will be a harbinger of death rather than life and minister a curse rather than a blessing as Paul warned.
‘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 1.8 NIV.
IN THE LIGHT
Revelation will come to all who genuinely follow where Jesus leads. Thomas Torrance writes, “By its very nature divine revelation is what Karl Barth called ‘a self-contained novum’, for it has its reality and truth wholly and in every respect within itself, and so can be known only through itself and out of itself, on its own ground and through the power of its own self-evidence and self-authentication. It is as such that revelation proceeds from God to man, breaking sovereignly into human life and thought, calling into question what people claim to know, and directing their thinking beyond themselves altogether.
MIND OF CHRIST
It creatively evokes an entirely new mode of consciousness, in faith and understanding, conditioned by a new relation to God initiated and set up, not from man’s side at all, but from the other side of the boundary between man and God. The knowledge of God given in this way through divine revelation is not from the known to the unknown, but from the hitherto unknown to the known.” (1)
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 19). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.