Satan made an implied bargain with Adam and Eve. ‘Relinquish trust in Father and transfer that trust to me and what I’m telling you and I’ll give you a more elevated life.’ And so Adam and Eve entered the realm of the knowledge of good and evil where people would do a certain this to get a certain that. The old covenant was based in the principle of, ‘If you do this then God will do that.’ It was called ‘Obey and live.’ Nothing like this in the new covenant however. No bargain here. Our life in God is totally a gift. In Adam all died. In Christ all have been made alive. Doesn’t get more simple than that!
‘On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves’ Mark 11.15 NIV.
There is no buying and selling in our life in God. No money-changing in the temple or anywhere else. In the new covenant we have been drawn into a life in Christ which is a life in the fellowship of the trinity. We have been included. But not included because we have done anything or bought anything. We belong because through the cross Jesus drew us into God. He made us one with God. This is the true meaning of AT-ONE-MENT. Once it was ‘obey and live.’ Today we are in the happy position of comfort and rest where we have been given eternal life so that we can obey.
‘Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost’ Isa 55.1 NIV.
There is no buying and selling in our life in God. The gift of god is eternal life. His gift of life is that you are in Him and He is in you. That’s peace. That’s contentment and that’s how you grow as a daughter and a son. In Him you are in the new and living way that you have bought, without money and without price.
The gospel of the Kingdom is not about buying and selling. It’s about extravagant life that is yours as a result of grace. By grace you belong to the Family of God. By grace you have a life who lives in you that is not your own. By grace you can see what is real and what is a delusion. By grace you live in the love of God and His love enfolds you.
Robert Rohr observes that buying and selling when posing as spirituality destroys the soul. ‘It had to be driven out or there would be no temple.’ No temple of life, love, joy, and genuine humanity where people are transformed into the image of God. ‘There’s no temple for us if we simply live in the world of buying and selling.’ This blinds us to the inherent value of people and ourselves. It distorts our appreciation of God and it blinds us to life. But by simply agreeing that this is our life and resting in His life we have life without measure. We are alive and we are life-givers.