Christ's life is your life

GET A REAL GOSPEL

As Believers we can spend a lifetime of misguided effort attempting to make a real gospel out of a perverted gospel. This happens when the ‘gospel’ we have inherited is not actually the gospel of Christ. It may be a gospel we have been converted as a result of Bible studies that specialise in a convoluted joining of texts that have no genuine relationship to each other.

ONE’S OWN COVID 19

Sincerity and conscientiousness can make us evangelists for distorted gospels as can a stubborn attachment to the notion that we have a special revelation - when what we really have is an aberration that burdens us with a disability or a spiritual disease.

A person who has no gospel at all is arguably better off than one who has been converted to a bent gospel that makes bent people.

POST TRUTH AGE AND POST TRUTH PEOPLE

Truth has little relevance to many groups of people, particularly when the falsehoods to which they have attached themselves concern their identity, status and economic well-being. This has been made plain in the climate change debate where obvious solutions are denied because of vested interests and just plain bloody mindedness.

TENETS OF THE FALL REVISITED

A perverse rendering of the gospel has people attempting to link to themselves to a ‘lesser god’ and to do it by self-constructed worthiness. Religion always seeks to come to God by self-effort and observances. In such cases what they join themselves to is not God. But a self-made substitute for God.
Leanne Payne expands on this in her writing on the addiction of many to substitutes for God in their pursuit of God. She rightly draws our attention to live in what we already have – the incarnation.

INCLUDED IN GOD

We may rest in the fact that God has pursued us and drawn us into His life. We belong and are included in the Divine Fellowship.

Thomas Torrance emphasises a ‘theology of being’, in which we have been made one with the ‘Godness’ of God and not by acts of piety or an attachment to definitions or positions. Righteousness and goodness are the effect of our union with God. Not the means of our coming near to God. Jesus is the new and living way to oneness with God because in Him we are one with God and one with humanity.

HUMBUG THEOLOGY

Torrance shows that barriers to union with God can come from the very religion we utilise to seek acceptance with God should we embrace gospels that are no gospel at all. “
Lossky, relying upon Gregory Palamas, asserts that in θέωσις humankind is united to God’s energy (νέργεια) but not God’s essence (οσία). Additionally, for Lossky θέωσις is rooted in sanctification and, as explored earlier in this chapter, is the outcome of a life of perfect prayer. For Torrance, to separate God’s νέργεια from God’s οσία cuts away the possibility of real union with God in Christ and herein God’s full presence in Christ, thus denying the μοούσιον.” (1) Torrance emphasises the truth that in Jesus we God is one with us and we are one with God.

THE SLAVE WOMAN MENTALITY

Christ our life is oneness with God. The law is at best irrelevant and at worst a barrier to union with God. Don’t be among those who insulate themselves from oneness with God by their revisionist gospel and their refusal to live in their new covenant inheritance. We are not forced to be the children of the slave woman but we can make ourselves so by our choices.

SPIRIT AND REALITY OF ADOPTION
We do have union with God. We need to live it and possess it. It comes to us by way of the cross, atonement and incarnation. Baxter Kruger following Torrance, explains our union with God this way: “Through the work of Jesus, we have been adopted into the Trinitarian life. The concept of perichoresis helps us understand what our adoption means for us. We could define perichoresis as “mutual indwelling without loss of personal identity.” In other words, we exist in union with the Triune God, but we do not lose our distinct personhood in the process. We matter. We are real to the Triune God.”
We become really Godly in this kind of union accruing genuine piety and holiness. This is the one way that we can be holy as God is holy – the living way in which we become sons of God and He becomes woven into us.

  1. (1) Radcliff, Jason Robert. Thomas F. Torrance and the Church Fathers: A Reformed, Evangelical, and Ecumenical Reconstruction of the Patristic Tradition . Pickwick Publications, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Kindle Edition.