NO 'OTHER GOSPEL'
To live as part of the one loaf we need to be one with the Christ of God. Never from a lesser christ or another gospel. Believers may differ in their their practice of things like baptism by sprinkling or by immersion. But they may not differ from the gospel as preached by Jesus and the apostles. Any revision of the new covenant into the old or the re-doing of Moses as the present ‘way’ or a hybrid of the latter is a perversion of the gospel of Jesus and the apostles. Paul warned that any ‘other gospel,’ other than the gospel he preached was a curse. It is a curse because it separates us from the life of God, from the real Christ and from the real body. In this state we may consider ourselves as the body but only to the extent that a tumour is part of the body yet not of it. Jesus spoke of the effects of ‘other gospels’ when he cited withered branches that are detached from the vine.
PART OF THE NON-LOAF
Be part of the One Loaf by being part of the One Gospel - the gospel of Jesus, Paul and the apostles.
‘But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God's curse!’ Gal 1.8 NIV.
The story of the sower is not a ‘Try Harder’ story. It’s about a seed that drives out rocks and weeds. It’s about a seed that is the soil, a seed that is Christ and a seed that is Christ in you. In ourselves we are not capable of being good soil. Of ourselves we are rocks, weeds, thorns and casters-away of the seed truth of God. ‘But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.’ There is only one who fits this description and it is not you or I. It is is Christ our life. But hear the good news. This Christ lives in us by His Spirit and becomes who we are. This is the vicarious humanity of Jesus.
THE SOWER - RECEIVING THE NEW COVENANT OR NOT
Christ Our life is the good soil. This is to say that due to the vicarious humanity of Jesus, He is our life and our good soil. By living a Jesus life in the Spirit He is the Soil and we are in Him. The result is that these lesser surfaces- the rocks, weed infestations and demonic snatching away of living seeds is eliminated and we become both good soil and good fruit. Weeds are more than things like materialism. They are religion and ‘other gospels’ that pose as life when they are death. You need not belong in a try harder gospel. You can live in a Rest Harder kingdom where Jesus represents you and manifests His life as you in every way. He is both the seed and the soil and in a manner of speaking He is you! As an astute teacher has remarked, ‘To see Jesus is to see yourself.’ When Christ is our life we are the seed , the good soil and the abundant crop.
GRACED IN OUR OBSTINACY
You do not have to live in the Spirit. Jesus will not make you. He will grace you as a cripple. He can grace you with a few drops of life. But grace is for fullness and not for lethargy or an encouragement to the obstinate to live from the law or from their personal hybrid of law with a dob of Holy Spirit. You are not only the aroma of Christ. You are the expression of His person. This is why His Kingdom is not a religion. It’s Jesus come in our flesh; Jesus come as Mary and Jane and Bob and Clive. Because of the incarnation Jesus has come in fullness in all who believe that He Himself is their life.