DONT SETTLE FOR A POOR PERSONS GOSPEL
To believe and follow Jesus is to follow the Christ of God, to be tutored by Jesus through His Spirit and to embrace accurately and correctly all that He is and has been accomplished for us on behalf of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We are not at liberty to have a Jesus and append our own gospel. There is one gospel of the Kingdom lived by Jesus and revealed mainly by Paul and John. No other gospel will evoke the Kingdom or express it. This is why those who live out the new covenant inheritance that is theirs are quite different people to those who have not embraced their inheritance in full.
CHRIST COME IN OUR FLESH
T F Torrance writes, ‘Perhaps the most fundamental truth which we have to learn in the Christian Church, or rather relearn since we have suppressed it, is that the incarnation was the coming of God to save us in the heart of our fallen and depraved humanity.... That is to say, the Incarnation is to be understood as the coming of God to take upon himself our fallen human nature, our actual human existence laden with sin and guilt, our humanity diseased in mind and soul in its estrangement or alienation from the Creator.’
SPIRIT MANIFESTS AS YOU
Jesus came into the world as the son of God. Incarnation. He has come into us and by Holy Spirit, fills us with the Spirit of Sonship: Incarnation. The beauty of the incarnation is that the life of God is ours and our life is established in God since the Son of Man is a member of the God-head whom John saw in great glory as the alpha and omega.
It is a poor man’s gospel to harangue people with Bible scriptures under the assumption that they should try harder to put them into practice. The new testament is not a moral agenda or a behavior modification manual. It’s the Account of Christ as the Living Way.
THE LIVING WAY
Athanasius wrote, “He (Jesus) became what we are
that He might make us what He is.”
Paul explained, ‘When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’ Col 3.4 NIV. This is to say, when we embrace the Christ who has appeared we will grow into who we are as sons and daughters of God.
SPIRIT AND LIFE
‘Christ our life means just that.’ Jesus was incarnated in the world as the sons of God and is now incarnated in you so that His persons manifests as Bill, Dick and Jane. Jesus is the guarantee of us in His presence and His presence in us. There is no link in the chain of life and being that is left to our fitful and feeble strength. Christ is our life and is totally efficacious for our continuous advance into the fellowship of the Holy Family.
Reality is Christ and living in that reality is our living in our inheritance of the Kingdom of God. Leanne Payne writes, “It is only by remembering that Another lives in me' that we can die daily to that old, false, usurping self, and that we continue to be drawn further in and higher up into the life of God. To
'practice the presence' is to continually call to mind this great reality.”
What is the Kingdom of God? It is Christ our life. Nothing more. Nothing less. Christianity is not an ideology or a philosophy. Neither is it a new type of morality, social ethic, or worldview. Christianity is the "good news" that beauty, truth, and goodness are found in a person. And true humanity and community are founded on and experienced by connection to that person by way of union. ‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14:20.