The greatest scandal in everyday Christianity is the promotion or attachment to the belief that Jesus is not enough. The insinuation or belief that we must add something to Christ; that we must enlist something additional like an observance or a life-style practice in order to utilise it to siphon life from Him into ourselves by this key and rite. It comes not from Christ but from the spirit of anti-christ and his vested interest dulling Christ and vitiating people.
‘Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives' tales; rather, train yourself to be godly’ 1 Tim 4.7 NIV.
This illusion is particularly insidious and abominably clever because any reliance on such additions, no matter how small has the same effect as total reliance. It snuffs out life. This is to say that relying on a nano-sized addition to Christ has the same effect as relying on a continent-sized addition to Christ. Large or small these additions suffocate what would have been the resurrecting and igniting qualities of Christ our life. It’s possible to think we have something special, something that gives us a special identity and a leg-up to towards spirituality when what we actually have is a body of death. Such living ensures that we live in a blur when we could be living in sharpness of vision as discerning eyewitnesses of the unfolding Kingdom.
‘For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty’ 2 Peter 1.16 NIV.
Jesus plus the flesh is the flesh. Jesus said it. I did not. Where the Kingdom of His life is concerned, the spirit is everything and the flesh is nothing. By living in mixture – a mix of law and spirit – we have not only diluted His spirit and life. We may well have extinguished it. Don’t settle for drops of life when you can have rivers of living water.
Enclose yourself in Christ. Don’t put up a fence where there is none. Then you are in a monopoly of spirit and truth. When Christ is your life and you lay down all that is yours and take up His, you have life without limit. And vision. I was thinking about my mother today. She passed away before she should have. But she had flexibility of mind to the last. Each time a new door of spiritual understanding opened she stepped through. She clung to no excuses such as ‘our perspective’ or clichés like ‘what we have always believed.’ She followed truth because truth is life and spirit. Truth is Jesus.