‘The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirit and life’ John 6.63 NIV.
Sin is living from anything that is not Jesus. We cannot live from the womb of the law without being bound to the letter any more than a child in the womb can fail to be the expression of its mother. ‘The transgression of the law’ motif affords a limited view of sin while blinding our vision to the source of life and dulling our sensibility to the fact that the letter is killing our spirit and denying the witness of Christ’s Kingdom of unlimited life. We can have a head-banging religion as a law-keeper but we cannot be full human or fully alive. It takes Christ our life to be impart this state of being.
‘This is how we know if they have the Spirit of God: If a person claiming to be a prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God’ 1 John 4.2 NLT
Only the Spirit gives life and we are talking here of the Spirit of God who lives in and with us. If obedience is to apply, and it does, then obedience is concerned with doing and obeying what God accomplished in Jesus who said, ‘If you obey my teachings,’ we, will make our home in you.’
Sin is living in anything less than Christ, substituting other things for Christ, making other entities our husband in place of Christ or making Christ subordinate to any other thing like the law. Planting our being in the law ticks all of these boxes and cuts us off from Jesus.
‘For he "has put everything under his feet." Now when it says that "everything" has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ’ 1 Cor 5.27 NIV.
Christ is totally our life. Since the resurrection and Pentecost sin has a new definition. Sin is any attempt to live life independently of Jesus, replacing His life with other things and living in anything that is not Jesus. Sin is clinging to the old covenant and ignoring the new and living from the law when we have been given the person of Jesus to be our life by His Spirit. It follows that it us a subtle and debilitating sin to live from Adventism when we can live from Jesus.
‘To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them’ Isa 8.20 KJV. There is no light in them because there is no life.
It is impossible to know God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent from a position in the law. Impossible because the law does not define who He is. Impossible because God is love and love is a property of persons. Impossible because rules and regulations are abstractions and lifeless entities while God is life itself. Impossible because law has power to condemn but no power to transform. Love transforms. Love is the property of persons and God is love. Jesus is the living expression of that love as well as the righteousness of God. Or we might describe this as the righteousness who is God. Yet even this is not fully correct because God is not law deified. God is a person. He is I AM and life Himself. As law-mongers we purvey death in the name of life.
We need to decide whether it is Jesus who is God or whether we have followed a gospel in which the law is god and Jesus is its helper. If the latter, which it is in Ellen White and the religion she spawned, then Jesus is not god because he is subordinate to the law. This contradicts the statement in Hebrews telling us that Jesus is the exact expression of the Father and that all things are under Jesus’ feet. So do we make the Bible wrong so that that Adventism can be right.
‘The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven’ Heb 1.3 NIV.
New life and new creation living comes from making right choices. We need to decide if we are going to live in a in sub-christian belief system another gospel that denies the gospel of the Kingdom and its life or if we are going to live in our inheritance as sons of the free woman.
Any variety of Christianity that makes the law superior to Christ and by implication to God, is sub-christian. We are left with a form of humanism with Jesus’ help, which is not the gospel of the Kingdom but a cunningly devised fable. Genuine Christianity is not a religion. It is a person. The Kingdom of God is the person of Christ our life incarnated by the Spirit in our being. Jesus described this as His being in us and with us while John described this reality as Christ come in our flesh - which means that we are now sons of our Father and the living expression of the person of Jesus.
The difference between this and a ‘Sabbath-keeper’ is as radical as it is sad. In the former one is the effect of the Spirit of Jesus inhabiting our being and expressing Himself as our humanity. In the latter we are simply filled with our try-hard selves and attached to a rite that God never made binding on new testament people; not binding because He made it to be superseded by Christ the living Sabbath who is our rest, our peace, our creativity and the power of our new creation life.
‘I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him’ 2 Cor 11. 2 NIV.
Don’t rob yourself of spirit and life by being married to a false husband of the law, or even more insidious to a different gospel posing as something special. You have one husband who is Lord of all and the fountain of unlimited life. We are either small because of the law or enlarged because Christ is all and in all. Jesus is not only the righteousness of God in you. He is the law of the Spirit of life manifesting as you. This is you alive because Christ has come in your flesh!