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John spoke of Jesus Christ and His Gospel as the Light of the World. Paul spoke of  ‘my gospel’ and defined it as having no adjustments or substitutes. He called it the ‘apostles teaching.’ Jesus spoke of paddocks of tares who  are ‘sons of the evil one’ in that they have allowed themselves to be spiritually formed from abridged gospels fermented by the Father of Lies.

Jesus spoke of Himself as the way, the truth and the life – meaning that He and His Gospel is everything and exclusively the truth about infinite and eternal life. But more than ‘about.’ He is this life.

There has been no addition or subtraction to this gospel of the Kingdom that is legitimate since the days of the apostles. John made an oblique yet definitive reference to changes subtle and implied with the words, ‘I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll’ Rev 22.18 NIV. Sounds drastic but in reality just an account of the spiritual disease and deadness that flows from aberrant gospels that are in the tradition of the Original Lies that led to the Fall.

This one gospel is found in the person of Jesus Christ and is declared by those men and women who do not add or subtract from it, but reveal it, clarify it, rid it of aberrations and distortions and purify it from the doctrines of demons and the meddling that produces ‘cunningly devised fables’.
Jesus did not do signs and miracles as an end in itself. They do witness to the fact that God is real and that God loves us and He does recreate. But their real witness is to the fact that in Jesus we are made one with God to live healed re-created lives. Anyone who lives in separation# lives a crippled life. A gospel restricted to spiritual gifts and healing is not the Kingdom of God.
God can never be revealed as He us through created things or human centered theologising. Neither is He known through any supposed revelations that alter the gospel of the Kingdom to ‘another gospel.’
Thomas Torrance speaks of knowing God, knowing the Christ and His gospel in the following manner. “
Strictly speaking, as Irenaeus pointed out, only God can know himself so that it is only through God that God may be known.  Since God alone exists within his own eternity and infinity, only he can know himself in a way that is strictly in accordance with who God is, proportionate to his being and commensurate with his nature as God. Hence if we are really to know God it can be only through sharing in some incredible way in the knowledge which God has of himself. That is to say, we can know God only if he brings us into communion with him in the inner relations of his own being as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
This sharing in the knowledge that God has of himself was made possible through the incarnation of God’s Son and his mediation of the Spirit of the Father and the Son. In the incarnation God communicated himself to us in Jesus Christ his beloved Son, not something about himself, but his very Self, and thereby made himself known to us according to his own divine nature.” (1)
The atonement/incantation is basic to knowing God and the incarnation is fundamental to being Godly. We know God in Jesus Christ and we become sons in spirit and in truth because God by the Spirit becomes us.
‘Realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20. Realising this we are born again and have moved from separationism to union with God. Jesus has not given us a religion about Himself. He has given us Himself – to be us. Thus we become the expression of Christ, the expression of the trinity as the sons of God.*
# We are separated from God in the law and in the law if we maintain any element of the law. The law sufficed in the days of the knowledge of good and evil and is named by Paul as the ‘law of sin and death’. The essence of everything pre-cross is separation. It’s Adam’s separated life. The essence of life in the Spirit, our post cross inheritance is that Adam’s separation is undone and Christ’ union with Father is ours.
* We do not become deities. We become the sons of God in spirit and in truth. We become what we are not in religion and what we are when Christ has come in our flesh.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Trinitarian Faith: The Evangelical Theology of the Ancient Catholic Church (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 54). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.
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