Listening to a news report today I heard Catholic Leaders asserting that given the scandals of sexual abuse in their church, there needed to be a closer vetting of priests to the ministry. Being familiar with the Royal Commission into Sexual Abuse and having worked at a school where a key member of staff parasited off teenage girls, I know that denominations are not immune to the tragedy of sexual abuse. But the solution is not found in any externality like vetting of personnel or rigorous inspection of performance of duties. The solution is an internal one where Christ is invited to live His life from within and so that His life is ours in spirit and in truth. Externalities such as denominational ethics, ‘how Christians should live’ or the law of Moses are incapable of protecting or transforming anyone.
Ideology, institutionalism and religion posing as the Kingdom of God are sitting ducks for spiritual defeat.
The key factor of the new testament is the incarnation. This is the Gift of the Spirit of Christ as our life. Jesus did not come to help us keep the law. Law and sin is not the preoccupation of Jesus. He has handled that and placed it under His feet. The obsession of the trinity is life to the full and this full life in you.
‘Because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death’ Romans 8.2 NIV. The law of sin and death is the knowledge of good and evil, all that flows from Adam and the law of Moses.
Jesus came to be the law of the spirit of life and love and purity in each of us. We will do better under the gospel of Jesus and Paul than under the diluted non-gospel of Ellen White and the pioneers.
The amazing thing about the Son of God is not only that He came among as a human being. It is that He retains His humanity in heaven. The Son of Man is seated in authority with our Father. There is a human being in the trinity. One of the trinity is both God and one of us. How good is that!
In Trinitarian Conversations we find,
“We are the lost and wandering sheep, we're the prodigal children and feel that we've wandered way outside of the Father's grace and care. But the good news in the incarnation is that our Father loved us so much that he sent his Son all the way into the world, all the way into our humanity where we are.
[He was] sent to find us in our lost and forsaken condition and to join himself to us in the midst of our brokenness, our lostness and to heal us from within.
He didn't just come to tell us that we ought to be better, he didn't even come just with news that God sort of likes us, he came to say, "I love you so much, I will become what you are and heal that from the inside out by joining it to myself, by cleansing it, by offering to God the obedience that you owe to him but you can't give on your own.
I will do that from inside your humanity. I will live the relationship of love and fidelity that I have with my Father from all eternity, I'll do that now from within your midst, and if you are then joined to me partaking of me, you can have that intimacy too." I have met people who cannot make head nor tail of Romans 8 and our life in the Spirit. But the meaning is clear. Christ’s life is our life because He lived our humanity. Now, by the Spirit He lives His humanity in us and we are His life.