The insidious nature of law, of legalism, of performance orientation and old covenant thinking is that it claims to be godly while being out of alignment with what Father has done. Today we are not living in reference to a set or precepts. We should not be attempting to embrace 'Christian Values' with Christ's help. Neither is our Kingdom life one in which we are juxtaposed to ideals that we hope to make real with Christ's assistance. Today there is no division between the real and the ideal because God is our life and righteousness itself.
The Adventist notion that there is a law that is separate and independent of God is a nonsense, a product of the knowledge of good and evil and Ellen White’s ignorance of the nature of Christ’s Kingdom. There is no law today - other than the law of the Spirit of Life - who is a person. This is the person of Christ in you, incarnated in your being and manifesting AS YOU. Well is that cool or what!?
Tied to law we live in separation from God and from ourselves. In Adam there is a dividing line between holy and unholy. In Christ holiness and "sons" is the same thing. You are holy because God is Holy and He has incarnated Himself in you to manifest AS YOU. Of course this does not mean we are God. But it does mean we are God's daughters and sons transfused with His Spirit Life.
As born again, new creation persons we live in a state of being: Union with God. The name of our union is 'sons.' We live as sons in God's Son. How has this come about? It is a reality because God lives in us and has made Himself one with us - by the Spirit. What spirit? The Spirit of Sonship. Now we are one with God by the One Spirit; by the One who brings all things together in Himself.
'He is before all things, and in him all things hold together' Col 1.17 NIV.
'And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ--everything in heaven and on earth' Eph 1.10 NLT.
'But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him' 1 Cor 6.17 NLT.
But we are not one spirit with Him if we are joined to the law or absorbed in gaining self-worth through conspicuous effort. Here we have negated Him even while using His name. We are invited to respond in belief to Jesus AS OUR LIFE.
C Baxter Kruger writes, 'Mark it well. Jesus crossed all worlds to come to us, and he did not come to give us a religious manual to follow or to leave us
with fresh insights about a distant God. He came to give
Himself to us, and all he has and knows. He crossed all worlds
to establish a personal relationship with us, to include us in his
own relationship with his Father and Spirit.'
Jesus' personal relationship with us is not that He is simply near us or our example. Our attempt to keep the law is not transmuted into another more subtle kind of law described as 'keeping close to Jesus.' No. Jesus is in you by the Holy Spirit, joined to your spirit, igniting your soul with life, bringing health to you body and flowing out of your being in rivers of spirit-life. This life may involve good deeds of love but it is more than this. It is the very spirit-life of God flowing around you and into others witnessing to our Father. The result of Jesus' being lifted up on the cross is that that He draws all people into Himself. The result of Pentecost and the pouring out of the Holy Spirit is that Christ comes to live in our flesh and more. This is God in three persons make their home in us. This begins our life process of being transfigured from within.
'Don't you see? Jesus does not set the example of courage or faith or love and then command us to go and do likewise. He does not define joy and then tell us how to apply it to our lives. He does not give us ten steps to bring in the kingdom, or seven "ways to have a relationship" with God like he has. What Jesus does is far better, and more shocking, personal, and scary. Before he ever commands, he shares.'
Father has shared Himself with us in Jesus. Jesus is multiplied in us by the Holy Spirit. Heaven lives in us on earth so that all the world may see His glory.