THE INFINITE MORE OF CHRIST AS YOU
We can be dormant because we have never been alive in the spirit and exist each day with a dormant spirit and a wooden soul. This has nothing to do with sincerity and everything to do with living from our new covenant inheritance of oneness with God. Jesus offers unlimited life – never an abridged or truncated life justified by our own version of the truth.
‘Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them’ Matt 13.12 NIV.
We can absorb a limited view of God and ourselves if we are content with facile versions of Christianity. Diluted truth renders us bearers of an ideology rather than a prime exhibit as the sons of God. This is certainly the taint behind some versions of the words ‘god fearing’ that focus more on just deserts and Christian entitlement that God’s desire to know us and fellowship with us as His own daughters and sons.
Significantly Jesus did not indulge in condemnation of sinners but He had something to say about those who would not accept Him as their life and who insisted on burrowing deeper into their inherited assumptions.
THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE
In a significant declaration Jesus presented Himself as the negator of lies and the living means of life without limit.
‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full’ John 10.10 NIV.
We have no right to present a limited gospel because it is ours and neither may we in good conscience present beliefs as truth that are half-truths at best and lies at worst. Any gospel that is not the gospel of Jesus, Paul or John is not the gospel of the Kingdom and can only deliver drops of life instead of rivers of living water.
I and people I know well have worked with leaders who are tied to the law. Some are able, yet bound. Others are micro-managers, control addicts and fountains of criticism and judgment. How can they not be? This is the nature of the law. But there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus. Only grace and an invitation to the adventure of unlimited spirit and life.
Law based mindsets are innately judgmental because such mindsets result from separation from God and the human attempt to overcome this separation by formulae, regulation and rules. To live from the law is to live from separation from God. From the law we can deliver a river that is largely sand and be the passers of judgment on those who have more spirit and light than we do ourselves. When Christ is our life we are all alive and can distribute truth and life – because we are life.
Baxster Kruger writes, “Punishment has never been the point. It has never crossed God’s mind, and even if it did, it would not do a thing to overcome the real problem of our estrangement and so fulfil God’s purpose and dreams for us. The Father’s passion is to get His children back and to bless us with all the treasures of heaven itself. Unto that end the Son was sent into our existence to undo our estrangement, not God’s, and to convert our fallen human existence to God.” - C. Baxter Kruger. (1)
The notion of buying God’s favour in a kind of ‘contract’ in which we ‘do this’ in order that He will ‘do that’ is prime tree of knowledge behavior. This contractual relationship with God is the essence of legalism and the resistance to the truth. What is this truth? The truth is that God has not left us with laws to keep or behaviours to do but has given us Himself through incarnation to be our life in every way.
Captivity to law – even one law - results is in a narrowing of perceived righteousness to definitions and behaviors that suit ourselves. It causes the gluing of the self to false Messiahs like such as the Sabbath or the aligning of ourselves with morally worthy causes - to the exclusion of more widespread and glaring evils such as the inequities and injustices of political systems and the willing denial of climate change for reasons of greed and inertia.
If religion is our God we will be estranged from God, from ourselves and from the earth. When Christ is our life we are one with life, the personification of who is Jesus Christ.
(1) Morrison, S. D.. We Belong: Trinitarian Good News (p. 115). Beloved Publishing. Kindle Edition.