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misguided theologies of the law

Theologies of the law have the effect of disconnecting our consciousness from the True Christ of God and leading us into belief in a lesser christ who is lesser because he is a servant of the law and lesser because the undoing of Adam has not really been undone when we live in the mindset of the false christ of this lesser gospel.
But our ‘separated from God adamic life’ has been undone in Jesus Christ.
If we are living from a theology of the law it is probable that we have only a notional theology of the incarnation or no incarnation at all.
We don’t make Jesus come in our flesh by reading the Bible and attempting to do the truths. Christ is already in us. The New Testament is not a moral compendium. It testifies that Christ’s life is your life. It invites you to join Jesus in His life for you and us.
If we are still in the law we are still in the separated realm of knowledge of good and evil with the law of sin and death. Of course we are not in this. We are only in it if we are in it in our mindset.
Jesus Christ was one substance with God  (
μοούσιον)  and it is in Him that we are made one substance with God and can said to be sons in spirit and truth.  Not notional sons or sons who are just sons according to a pious turn of phrase. Oneness with God is ours in the person of Jesus Christ.
Jesus’ cross and resurrection is the way of union with God. He is this union.
Our union with God is suffocated when we believe that the at-one-ment is more partial than complete because the atonement is something we must bring to fruition ourselves. And the reality of our oneness may also be abridged if we are frequently misled into thinking that we must ‘earn christ’ as evidenced in the words ‘Keeping close to Jesus.’ This is as close as you can get to a ‘Jesus manufactured’ version of keeping the law and earning your own salvation – Christianised legalism.
So why have this kind of Christ if it is a false Christ? Why participate in religion of the kind of which Paul warned,  ‘I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!’ Gal 2.21 NIV. You are not compelled to live a pointless religion. You are invited by Christ to join Him in His union with God.
Torrance’s μοούσιον is retrieved from Nicene theology and it is, in many ways, a reconstruction of the Reformation principle of Solus Christus (Christ alone) in light of the theology of The Fathers and it exemplifies Torrance’s approach to doctrine of the Greek Fathers (the μοούσιον) from his own Reformed and evangelical perspective (Word-centeredness). (1) We are talking the Gospel of Jesus, the apostles, church fathers and reformers.
‘Realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20. This is the message of the church, the core of Christianity and the truth that annuls the heresy of a law-based gospel.
Torrance sees .. that “God Himself is the actual content of his revelation and God Himself is really in Jesus Christ reconciling the world to Himself.” ..  The famous dictum “all roads lead to Rome” could be inverted and applied to the Torrancian-Athanasian μοούσιον: all roads depart from, go through, and lead back to the μοούσιον.” (2)
This is to say with certainty that the harvest of Jesus’ ministry, the effect of His cross, the fruit of His resurrection and the Outpouring of Holy Spirit is Christ come in our flesh. The truth is that we are one substance with God. This is the truth of our sonship - a state of being in which we and Father are one.
It’s a sad thing to be seeking oneness with God through the law and observances when we are already one with God - because we make Christ’s death irrelevant in so doing.
Hopefully it can be seen that the law was a schoolmaster to lead to Christ. But now that Christ is here and in us, the law is a distraction and a red-herring.
The world is not waiting to keep the law to be renewed. The world needs to live in what we already possess: Christ/ The trinity incarnated in our being.  This Gospel of the Kingdom is not a gospel of words and talk. It’s a Gospel of Being of our being incarnated sons/daughters of God.
Paul’s words, ‘Christ our life’ are alive with our salvation from the cross. But they are also the reality of the incarnation. They are spirit and life in the way in which legalised gospel words never are.  This is Christ come in our flesh, Christ being us. It is the new creation springing out of our person and manifesting in all of those who believe. It makes you and us Living Water.
(1)     Radcliff, Jason Robert. Thomas F. Torrance and the Church Fathers: A Reformed, Evangelical, and Ecumenical Reconstruction of the Patristic Tradition . Pickwick Publications, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Kindle Edition.
(2)     Ibid.
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