GROWING IN GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE
We would do better to think of sin less as things we are doing or not doing but as separation from God. Separation is the cause of all malfunction in the human sphere. But God has given us union with Himself in Jesus Christ.
This union makes us the effect of Jesus in us.
The new wineskin that Jesus gave us all was the abolition of Adam’s mistaken quest and the impartation of God’s original plan through Christ in us. Father has graced us with forgiveness and His own life in His Son. It’s not just forgiveness we get. It’s His life as our life.
What is God’s original plan? It’s for us to enjoy the fellowship with God that the trinity enjoy fellowshipping with each other.
Life is worthy in itself. It’s much more than the opposite of sin. Life is original and supreme. Life is supreme and sovereign because life is God. Life is limitless. Life is the trinity and the ‘we’ of God. The holy Family make their home in all who obey Father’s will. What is that will? It is to received His Son as our life.
Yet God is not far from the non-believer. All humans, and even more since the cross live, move and have their being in God as Paul noted. Our part is to agree with God, believe God’s narrative and be led by Christ who leads us out of thickets and myths of misunderstanding and demonically induced lies into light and life.
MURDER OF LIFE CONTINUED
There is a malevolent opposition to limitless life. It originates in Satan and spreads itself like a mold into the culture of religion. Captive operatives in the darkness of their minds fear losing the their imagined ‘accumulated merit’ from a life-time of religion. It’s the stain of the original lie – that the pair who were already ‘as Gods’ needed some ‘addition’ some new and deviant ‘way’ to become complete. You can do this in the law and remain a parody of yourself. Or you can own Christ as your life and be a son of God. You can be a son by definition in religion and law. But you get to be a son in spirit and in truth when Christ is you.
You are not separated from God. But you need to live in this truth in your mind by believing what God believes. What might this be? Here’s one rendering of it: ‘Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For in Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life has set you free from the law of sin and death’ Rom 8.1 NIV.
The law of the spirit of life sets us free from all kinds of myths, stupid ideas and the addiction to our own destructive thoughts. Looking back on my life – some of it was lived in stupidity. Not that I did this wilfully but because I was not filled with the wisdom of God or the wisdom of life. The Spirit of His life sets us free from every variety of sin and death in the world and in the church. Christ is all and in all in this age. There is no compartmentalisation of God and Godliness in the post cross age and no secular and sacred realms. We are not at liberty to restrict godliness to churchiness because the Kingdom of God is everywhere or it is not a Kingdom at all and just the bleating of the religious. God is in every time and is everywhere. However the mediators of His life into the earth are ourselves.
‘I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord’ Rom 8.38 NIV.
Love is belonging. Bradley Jersak offers, “The Lamb does not merely offer to take away the sin of the world. The Lamb does not merely take away the sin of the church or the elect or the righteous. And the Lamb does not merely take away the sin(s) of the world—“sin” (singular) indicates something more fundamental has been dealt with. Sin is the disease of disunion healed in the Lamb’s union with humanity, all humanity.” (1)
In healing you God plans to heal the world in every aspect of its being.
There are people who live in the thought, ‘I hope I’ve done enough.’ They may grace some in this mode, but they need to ‘grace’ themselves by living in the ‘more than enough of Christ.
Religion can have us absorbed entirely in undoing separation that no longer exists. The Lamb of God has made all one with God. This is the new covenant wineskin. Ministry in the new covenant means teaching people to live in their inheritance of union with God. This is life without limit and it’s what drives out sin and death. It is ‘competent’ as Kingdom ministry because it empowers believers and non-believers to live in the truth of their inheritance, and so abandon the continued lie of the fall - that we are not enough. Not so. We are the sons/daughters of God.
Now our mandate is to be fruitful and multiply as the sons and daughters of God and replenish the earth. ‘God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground’ Gen 1.28 NIV.
This is the mandate of all in the Second Adam: New Creation life.
(1) Jersak, Bradley. IN: Incarnation & Inclusion, Abba & Lamb (p. 24). St. Macrina Press. Kindle Edition.