We can cobble together our impressions of God and the gospel by assembling a bunch of scriptures that we think prove a point. They may do or they may not. More likely they will not if our spiritual formation has been in the letter.
Scripture cannot be separated from the being of God and the positioning of our being in Him. The word of God as distinct from the positions of the knowledge of good and evil is alive and manifest in the personal and communal rather than in the letter. Both complement each other but the word is rooted in Christ, not Christ in the word. Truth is grounded in the being of God.
If we have been raised in the law we were raised in the letter.
‘You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me’ John 5.39 NIV.
This is the ‘Me’ in whom we are alive and the ‘Me’ in whom we are a son of God rather than a creature of the letter.
Once I was alarmed when a fellow Believer remarked to a group of young Christians that there is an authority higher than Jesus which is the Bible. Of course there isn’t, although significant portions of the Christian faith attempt to forge truth out of Bible Study when the truth of who Christ is and the true nature of the gospel comes from His Being and not from any private interpretation.
Truth comes to us in union with God. Never in separation. Truth is ours when we are one with God in one with the Body of Christ. It’s not our possession when we are out in a limb with some private gospel of our own.
I was taught as a child and a youth that truth came from the Bible and not from tradition. It’s not as simplistic as that. Truth is personal and a state of being. God is truth. We are in the truth when we are in God – which we are if we are living in our new covenant inheritance where Christ is our life. Possibly not if we are living in a bible constructed letter-culture in the manner of fundamentalism.
Fundamentalisms are a parody of the Kingdom because they are born of the letter. While not of the same kind of law that Moses gave, they belong to the same family of abstractions and are thus contained in the same category of living that Paul called ‘this body of death – the law whose deadening effect has been replaced by Christ our life - a mode of living in which Jesus is incarnated in us and manifest as us.
THE WORD IS ALIVE
The word is either alive or it is the letter which means it is a child of the knowledge tree that kills.
Kingdom Truth is not found in aberrant interpretations of the Bible and partisan gospels that Paul called ‘No gospel at all.’ The correct interpretation of the Bible is indeed found in the traditional interpretation of Godly people. Particularly those thinkers and teachers who live in God because they have not been content to live from a treadmill of common orthodoxy that leads nowhere except into a cul-de-sac that inhibits the Kingdom of God and suffocates what was meant to be spirit and life.
Those who ‘kept the flame’ have never been those who sustained the law into the new covenant age. The genuine life-igniters are those whose life is one with Jesus and one with our Father. We are talking new covenant as compared to the old.
I TELL YOU A MYSTERY
The Divine Plan has successfully united truth with persons by uniting Jesus with the human race – so that the mystery of Godliness is that we are part of God and part of His being as sons and daughters of the Trinity. Thus gospel truth and truth itself is found in those who practise the union with God that is already ours. This is why law-mongering gospels must be seen as the poison they are. They come under the heading of denying that Christ has come in the flesh and along with it the denial that Christ has become us and His truth is to be found in us as we apply ourselves to the scriptures to rightly interpret the word of truth.
“TO GAIN MORE PERSPECTIVE of the bigger picture, let’s step back to the beginning of humanity on planet earth and observe the results of the first commandment that was given. It wasn’t a piece of good-looking fruit that lured Adam and Eve; the real target with the temptation was to challenge their identity. Essentially, the serpent said, “Do this,” and then they would become like the Most High. They lost sight of the truth that they were already like God, created in his image. It is common for us to assume they were trying to rebel against God and pursue sin, or had some type of evil motive. But the temptation was centered on the desire to be more like God, and they chose to take measures into their own hands. The result was becoming like God in a way that God never desired … knowing good and evil.” (1)
Every distortion of the gospel of the Kingdom has its source in our taking some part of our salvation into our own hands. Whether by the construction of imaginary hoops that Christians are persuaded to jump through or cunning ways of infiltrating the law back into the equation or positing some mode of peace and rest that is not Christ and which overlooks the truth staring us in the face in plain sight: The fact that Jesus is our peace, our Sabbath rest and Sabbath life who has undone the stress and strain of a separated existence and made the two one.
Our life and our light start in earnest when we have we agree that Christ is all of our life and all of our understanding. Now we are situated to receive wisdom and revelation and read the Bible though God’s eyes instead of our own.
(1) Kapler, Michael C.. Clash Of The Covenants: Escaping Religious Bondage Through The Grace Guarantee . Kindle Edition.