Thomas Torrance writes, “The creative forces in human and social life [suffer] severely from analytical forces of fragmentation and disintegration.. forces of decomposition and destruction begin to be at work as soon as [we] cut loose from underlying structures or frames of being, for then the natural coherences dissolve away and a degree of disintegration sets in.” Our frame of being is our being in God – the new covenant oneness of incarnation.
In taking our bearings from the law we remove ourselves from the whole, separate ourselves from God’s being and begin to make religion from the parts instead of from the whole.
When we remove ourselves from the being of God; from the Rock from which we are hewn and make a ‘rock’ out of the assorted ‘stones’ of legalism, we separate ourselves from meaning and attempt to make meaning out of the meaningless. Thus Paul warns, ‘The law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers..’ 1 Tim 1.9 NIV.
Fundamentalism shrinks God and withers our soul. It both wounds our spirit and maintains it in a coma of false assumptions.
You have an inheritance of extravagant spirit and life: The life of Jesus in you and more. His life as your life. This is the real meaning of grace – the truth that Jesus does not mediate eternal, infinite life to us by religion but by Himself.
By the Spirit He transfuses our being with His spirit and life. He did this as the son of God manifest as Jesus of Nazareth. He does it today as His Spirit manifests as you. No, we are not deities but yes, we are sons and daughters of God.
Reject an ‘indifferent mindset.’
We can live as son of God or as stock grazing in the paddock. We can live pedestrian lives as a religious man or woman because we have left our inheritance buried in the ground – or because we have adopted a half gospel in which we have two talents instead of ten.
GRASP YOUR INHERITANCE
You can choose whether you are a two cylinder Jowett Javelin or a V12, Lamborghini Aventador S. But your measure of spirit and life along with spiritual authority has nothing to do with merit and everything to do with belief – an accurate belief in who you are in the accomplishments of God.
DARKNESS TO LIGHT
Francois Du Toit writes, (1 Cor 15:47) “Human life was reduced to slavery and the soul-ruled earthly realm through Adam’s fall but is now awakened to lordship in the heavenly realm of spiritual realities through the knowledge of our co-resurrection with Christ.
We theologically created the idea of man being "sinful by nature" as if humans are flawed by design. In fact it is a distorted mind-set that we inherited from Adam that Jesus had to free us from. "Your indifferent mind-set alienated you from God into a lifestyle of annoyances, hardships, and labours, sponsored by the law of sin and death that lodged in your bodies hosting a foreign influence, foreign to your design; just like a virus that would attach itself to a person." Col 1:21
There is nothing wrong with our design or salvation, we were thinking wrong. [See Isa 55:8-11, Eph 4:17, 18 and also Eph 2:1-11.]) 1 Cor 15:48 The reduced state of man left its mark on mankind as being earthly; now the redeemed state of man confirms his origin in God and marks his new heavenly life.
1 Cor 15:49 Just as we were once defined by the flesh (our earthly image) we are now defined by our spirit (our heavenly) image.” Mirror Bible