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FULL GOSPEL IS MORE THAN THE GIFTS


Paul wrote, ‘But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law’ Gal 5.18 NIV. Conversely if we are under the law we are not led by the Spirit. John writes, ‘For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ’ John 1.17 NIV. We can choose whether to live in grace and truth or in the law. The difference between Moses and Jesus is the difference between the letter and the Spirit. In one we are dead and in the other we are alive.
GRACE AND TRUTH
If we are living in grace and truth, we are living in life personified. Paul declares that “If righteousness
could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!" Gal 2.21 NIV. There comes a time when we need to choose Christ over inherited ideas.
OTHER GOSPELS
Nevertheless, there are theologies on which communities of faith  have been built that transplant the law and old covenant into the post-cross age. Christ to their mind, helps them keep the law. This gross distortion of scripture is akin to a flat earth viewpoint.
Others  ‘letter tainted’ in their beliefs have made law out of Christian values and morality.  This involves sin management and the accumulation of Christian behaviors as a culture and a ‘way’. But it is a way of separation that ignores our incarnated life in the Spirit and the accommodation of the self to life in religion. Any self-centred work of our own that we hope wins acceptance with God actually insulates us from God. God has already made us one by drawing us into Himself in Jesus.
ONE WITH GOD IN CHRIST
We are not separated from God since the cross. The new and living way is Christ’s life as our life. He has come in our flesh.
FALSE MESSIAHS AND FALSE GRACE
When we choose to limit grace and live from some version of law – by moralism or  observance of iconic rites and selected commandments, we create virtual messiahs from them. When we cling to them as if they are our grace - which of course they are not -  we dull the flow of life that could be ours from Jesus. By agreeing that Christ alone is our Messiah and adding nothing to Him, we participate in His forgiveness, His life and His fellowship in the trinity.
We are joined to God by God in the person of Jesus Christ. ‘Realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20. Realize this. Live in it. Agree with Christ and have the mind of Christ. It’s less about our receiving Christ and more about the reality that we have been received into His life.
RECONCILED
Thomas Torrance writes, “
In the outgoing movement of his eternal Love God himself has come among us and become one of us and one with us in the Person of his beloved Son in order to reconcile us to himself and to share with us the Fellowship of Love which he has within his own Triune Life. Since in the Lord Jesus Christ the fullness of God dwells bodily we must think of the entire Godhead as condescending in him to be ‘God with us’ in our human life and existence in the world.” (1)
In Christ you have been placed in God and God has been positioned in you. You can stifle this with the law or suffocate it with religion but you can never improve on it by attempting to be as God in order to impress God. You are a daughter or a son because God has drawn you into Himself. In the perichoresis that is Godliness you are made one with God in order to become fully yourself as God’s daughter or son. You are thus joined to spirit and life and can  minister in the power of the new covenant – not in the letter but in the Spirit. You have now become a landing place for the gifts of the Spirit that function properly when you are properly a son/daughter of the Spirit. This happens because you believe Christ is your life.
 
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 162). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.