CHRIST IS ALL
Jesus presented Himself as love life and righteousness. Love first, because this is the Source of life in the trinity. Life second because love is the motivation behind creation and redemption and then righteous which is a function of grace and our life in union with God.
In saying, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life’ Jesus was saying ‘I supersede Torah. I am all that you are in relation to God, yourself, each other and eternity.’ He was saying, ‘Your life, righteousness and acceptance with God is me!’ Theologians call it the vicarious humanity of Christ. Believers call this their life.
‘When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’ Col 3.4 NIV.
John wrote, ‘In Him is life and that life is the light of humanity.’ Paul declared that Christ Himself is our life. John warned that the attack of the evil one against life would come in the denial that Jesus Christ had come, had incarnated Himself in our being.
‘I say this because many deceivers have gone out into the world. They deny that Jesus Christ came in a real body. Such a person is a deceiver and an antichrist’ 2 John 1.7 NIV.
It is astonishing that heaven combined to provide humanity with a new and living way in Jesus. Then in the 19th century a movement arose in which God was purported to reverse Himself, undo what He He had done as declared above. Thought better of it. Then re-invented the gospel as a law-based ideology together with assorted instructions, prohibitions and precepts that formed an ‘extended law.’ Effectively Christ’s gospel of His Spirit come in the Believer was exchanged for the law come in the Believer.
Ellen Whites’s writings are an example of a pseudo-christ come in the letter. I mean the writings of the ‘servant of the lord’ so called. Here was a set of volumes containing new and expanded law-mongering pieces of divine advice together with a revised gospel and a deviant theology in which Adventist families have been immersed until this day. These fresh revelations were called ‘present truth.’ But in reality they are the letter that kills.
‘He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant--not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life’ 2 Cor 3.6 NIV.
A reading of Paul reveals that ‘law’ was not just the Torah. It was the entire Jewish system of rites and regulations. ‘Law’ covers any self-effort that is casual or systematised. In the new covenant all this is no more. The new covenant is a distinct break in which Christ alone is our life and the righteousness of God in His people.
‘Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant’ Heb 7.22 NIV.
God’s new and living way that is Christ in all by the Spirit, establishes us in God forever. This living way treats people with the dignity of sons. With the trinity Incarnated in our being we become our better, wiser, kinder selves because Jesus is imparting His Spirit to our lives. Not only this but we are privy to His mentoring and the Spirit of wisdom and revelation. The wonder and mystery of Godliness is that the more we are marinated in the Spirit of God, the more we become our real selves and express our lives in the unique ministry flowing from our special identity and purpose in Christ. This is how we appear with Him in glory.
People who give constant advice are irritating. Their suffocating attitudes arise from insensitivity and a certain dullness of intellect that makes them more of a mosquito than a person. A wise friend, after the manner of the Lord does not offer unasked for advice, crowd one with their vision of you, smother you with detail, oppress you with their take on circumstance or treat you as a project. Neither does Jesus. His way is to fill you with Himself so that your life will be the manifestation of who you really are. We become sons in spirit and in truth as a result of the Spirit within. Not from externalities without.
The appearance of a denomination with a Bible interpreted by Ellen White; with an ideology that undoes the cross in favour of the law; with a schema that dims Christ in order to live in Adam; with a ploy that embraces The Sabbath as its Messiah and an illusion that seeks a kind of security in the words ’Since I became an Adventist,’ ticks all the boxes of being a tare.
He answered, ‘The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear’ .Matt 13.37-42 NIV.