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When I was a boy people told me that the Ten Commandments covered every possible action and that the law was the expression of God’s character. Wrong in both counts. The ten are not an exhaustive list and the One expression of God’s character is Jesus Christ.

The one Holy you, is Christ your life.

If you have been looking for a moral program in the new testament, you will not find one because the mode of reconciliation and transformation post cross is Christ in us. It’s not a moral compendium, although it is an explanation of Jesus as the new and living way of life. We may spend hours reading the Bible hoping it will make us better – but it won’t. Christ imbued in us makes us better so that to live in grace and truth is to become an expression of His life as us: Incarnation.


It is difficult to comprehend incarnation if we don’t comprehend life in the Spirit. Particularly if we have been raised in ‘life in the head.’ Life in the Spirit is the essence of Kingdom Life. It’s Christ come in the flesh.

The Spirit of Christ touches all people and dwells and overflows in those who believe in Christ. Incarnation is demonstrated by the Son of God coming as Jesus of Nazareth. It is realised in a similar fashion when we live in the reality of Christ come in our flesh. This is the one holistic, holiness with which the law cannot compete.

‘For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist’ 2 John 1.7 ESV.


The point of living as a Believer is not about reaching some standard of righteousness. It’s that you are included in the Communion that is God and tha you belong.

Gregory Boyd observes that, “The New Testament is not about ethical behavior; it’s about a radical new way of living. It is about life lived in surrendered union to God through faith in Jesus Christ. It is about experiencing the transforming power of God’s love flowing into and through a person. It demands a form of holiness that is far more exacting than any ethical or religious system. It demands a holiness of the heart that does not feed the fallen self by distancing itself from sinners but rather sacrifices itself to unite with sinners.

“This kind of holiness can never be achieved through behavior. It has to be received by grace. Jesus’ ministry and the whole New Testament undermine our ethics and religion in order to position us to humbly receive this empowering and life-transforming grace.”


Moralistic holiness does not make people holy. Neither does it satisfy the soul. It can give a false sense of security that evaporates every time such Christians are scared witless by a possible return of Christ. There is no ‘whole person approach’ in the law. Law and ‘whole person’ are a contradiction. The law represents separation and fragmentation. There’s no peace and comfort in dualistic religion but there is in the truth of your inheritance which is that you are one with God and you belong.