GRACE AND TRUTH IS A PERSON
‘For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known’ John 1.17.18 NLT.
Here John is asserting what Jesus declared. That God is made known not through the law or rules or religion – but through His Son Jesus Christ.
To see Jesus is to see our Father. To see Jesus is also to see yourself. In Jesus we break through the false self into the true self because we have entered light and life in person. You have entered what is yours: The Fatherhood of God in the spirit of sonship.
TRUTH IS LIFE AND LOVE IS TRUTH
[Jesus] “simply could not have men speaking wrongly about His Father’s character and nature. He could not tolerate the false ideas being promoted by clueless theologians who wielded complete control over the minds of the masses. These men, who were seen as being experts in the Knowledge of God, actually knew very little about His Father and yet were considered authorities. Jesus had heard their words concerning the One He knew most intimately, and He saw the pain that they created in the souls of those who really only wanted to know that they were loved. … He came to show that Yahweh was much more than a smug, Heavenly bookkeeper, keeping careful records of all of our wrongs, while snubbing our best attempts at serving Him.” (1)
Jesus cast the money changers out of the temple because they were robbing God in order to enrich themselves. But this was but the surface part of their robbery. The more subtle robbery was the slander of God they purveyed that dishonoured God and robbed people of their personhood.
The grace that is Jesus and the grace Paul speaks of us is not a new method of coping with the law. Grace is not an abstraction that makes us one with what Jesus abolished by His at-one-ment.
Grace is the person of Jesus and more. Grace is His life as ours in every way. Theologians have called this the vicarious humanity of Jesus. What does this mean?
Briefly it is this: “To preach the gospel of the unconditional grace of God in that unconditional way is to set before people the astonishingly good news of what God has freely provided for us in the vicarious humanity of Jesus.
FREE TO BE YOU AS A SON/DAUGHTER
To repent and believe in Jesus Christ and commit myself to him on that basis, means that I do not need to look over my shoulder all the time to see whether I have really given myself personally to him, whether I really believe and trust him, whether my faith is at all adequate for in faith, it is not upon my faith, my believing, or my personal commitment that I rely, but solely upon what Jesus Christ has done for me, in my place and on my behalf, and what he is and always will be as he stands in for me before the face of the Father.
That means that I am completely liberated from all ulterior motives in believing or following Jesus Christ, for on the ground of his vicarious human response for me, I am free for spontaneous joyful response and worship and service as I could not otherwise be.” ( From TF Torrance, The Mediation of Christ, p95)
This is what Paul means when he talks of Christ our life. It means Christ as us totally. It is Romans 8 in a nutshell. By the Spirit Christ’s life is our life as in us, for us, and as us in us.
The notion that the law and the keeping of it is the great issue of the ages needs to be treated as the nonsense it is. The issue is the total trustworthiness of our Father the total veracity of our sonship as the sons of God in Jesus Christ. This is the issue and the incarnation – the trinity in you is the reality.
NO ‘OTHER GOSPEL’
Any promotion of another gospel as though it is the Gospel of the Kingdom has the same effect. It fills were God could have been with rubbish. It robs God and robs people of the spirit of sonship that is theirs today. We need not kid ourselves that we are assisting God when the gospel we are promoting is not His gospel but a variation that neutralises the gains that flow from cross by replacing it with a disguised continuation of the knowledge of good and evil. We’re talking old covenant betrayal. We competently minister the Kingdom as minsters of the new covenant.
(1) Turner, Jeff. Saints in the Arms of a Happy God: Recovering the Image of God and Man (pp. 38-39). Jeff Turner. Kindle Edition.