• How we conceive of ourselves and others has a crucial effect on what we can become. This is why we must be the effect of Christ's gospel and not gospels that degrade us with versions of legalism presenting themselves as the kingdom of God. Heaven has propelled us out of the constricted abstractions of the self, depicted as a product of the knowledge of good and evil. With Christ as our life we are able to depict ourselves as a person and model ourselves as a person in the person of Jesus. In the new covenant age what we are is never a construct of Adam's matrix of the knowledge of good and evil. We are the expression of Jesus who lives in us by His Spirit and manifests as Bob, Jane and Mary.
You are only who you in the Christ of God and in His gospel of the Kingdom.

It is useful to think of Paul's rendering of ourselves as life-giving spirits who are flourishing in the Spirit of Adoption in the spirit of sonship. As sons in this mode we have a far more powerful agency than as lesser sons in the guise of slaves and workers in the matrix of religion and the binaries of good and evil. Paul talks here of the sonship that is ours in this Spirit - the spirit of personhood. This is the actuality of your sonship as a part of the Family of the trinity, transfiguring us in way that any gospel of law and letter can never achieve.

Here's a representation of the self as a house built on law and old Adam.

'Because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake' 1 Thess 1.5 NIV. Here you are urged to see yourself in the image of Jesus rather than as a construct of religion.

Here you are fulsome as a person, well rounded in wisdom and charm, full of spirit and life and equipped to brace people's lives as a building of the Lord.

The worst kind of mis-typing of who we are occurs when old covenant ideology masks itself as Christ's gospel. Revising this gospel of the Kingdom back to a watered-down version of the law is a serious mistake. It plays into the intentions of the evil one who knows that a subtle way of undermining the victory of Christ is to proffer a lesser christ with a disported gospel.

You exude comfort and well being because you are a life-giving spirit touch others with spirit and life.

"Sometimes the impact of the mistyping can be devastating, causing enormous pain and profound confusion. Resisting the impulse to attempt to type others … allows for the mystery of type to emerge apart from other aspects of one's personality." (1) The mystery of this type is none other than the mystery of Godliness that drives out all other lies masquerading as life.

'Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past' Rom 16.25 NIV. Paul's gospel is Christ's gospel. Our privilege is to make it our gospel.

(1) Heuertz, Christopher L.. The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth (p. 58). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

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