‘What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?’ Rom 7.24 NIV.
We can live in a variety of universalism when we cite our belonging in the Body of Christ, yet attach ourselves to a christ and a gospel that is not His Gospel or the Gospel of the Apostles or the Christian Church. I say ‘universalism’ because we say we belong, while claiming the right to believe as we choose.
The paradox of the Body of Christ is that we can belong to it notionally while factually situated in the Body of Death. Paul used the words ‘body of death in Romans in his cry for deliverance from the frustrating contradictions of a life in the knowledge of good and evil – which is what we live in, when we retain ourselves in the law.
The body of death referred to by Paul is the law of sin and death which he also calls ‘words on stone.’ He means the law of Moses but the context of the law of sin and death also denotes the rules, regulations and culture of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This is the Adamic life that prevailed until the cross. Paul continues, ‘Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ’, we are delivered from this body of death by allowing Jesus to be our life.
CHRIST HAS DRAWN YOU INTO GOD
‘But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation’ Col 1.22 NIV.
AGE OF DELUSION
We live in a season when people talk glibly of false facts, even when they themselves are habitual liars and are people have made a life from dissimulation. This is an age when people disregard evidence because they are captive to their wants and needs and fastened onto their delusions. So imprisoned are they, that they choose to believe what is convenient rather than pursue truth because it is true.
The malicious genius of the Enemy is that the Enemy knows that if we can be attached to lies, these lies will become the reality in which we live.
Life follows truth and disease and death follow lies. This is the story of the fall and of the resurrection of the sons of God. We can live in a complete resurrection or exist with most of our torso in the grave and just our head out – because we have not embraced the truth – only part of it – which means we are still in thrall to a lie.
SUBVERSION OF TRUTH
There are gospels that are no gospel at all and christian cultures that are but a ‘Jesus Version’ of the knowledge of good and evil. This is the DEATH TREE revisited. The One Gospel of the Kingdom that is the gospel of Jesus and the apostles teaching has the power to deliver us from all forms of spiritual death into infinite spiritual life. This is our new covenant life of infinite growth in which Christ is us.
An existence in this old covenant, law-deformed, body of death is described by Paul as dung and garbage that is lived by slaves and workers who specialise as dead men talking.
TRUTH IS NOT MADE UP
Speaking of the Lens of Truth, Richard Rohr writes, “Our whole universe has to be rearranged truthfully before individual teachings can be heard correctly. What we have done for centuries in the West is give people new moral and doctrinal teaching without rearranging their mythic worldview. It does not work. It leads nowhere new—or nowhere truly old for that matter. It creates legalists, ritualists, minimalists, and literalists, who always kill the spirit of a thing.” (1)
There are folks who extol ‘the gifts’ who are tied to the law. The result is a mindset that reduces everything in the Spirit to a formula. You get a legalised spirit which is a contradiction and a nonsense. Any version of the law and religion kills the spirit. Yet in Christ we are made alive, because His life is our life and the trinity are incarnated in our being. The result is that that we share in their life and are their life in our guise of Mary and John and Mavis and Felicity. This is Christ come in our flesh.
(1) Rohr, Richard. What the Mystics Know: Seven Pathways to Your Deeper Self . The Crossroad Publishing Company. Kindle Edition.