Have you ever been in a meeting, a conversation or a church service where you just wanted to shout…can you just get to the bottom line? I have, thankfully I have never shouted the statement outloud……thank God for Holy Spirit self-control. Yet Jesus talked about foundations many times and this bottom line, I believe, is foundational as everything else is built upon it in the New Covenant Kingdom.
When I began to blog in a very open and intimate way beginning with: It is Time to Let Go of the Rules-Otherwise Known as the Law, there were many people who literally either loved or hated what I wrote. What I find interesting is the all out hatred for the true grace or the true gospel. I think the simplicity of the gospel frightens many because maybe their “status quo” in the church would be disrupted. This same feeling is what I believe the Pharisees and Sadducees feared when Jesus came on the scene and why they hated Him so very much.
Jesus disrupted the “status quo” in their church/synagogue and they were willing to kill Him for that.
It really is not so different now. Yet, I also know history will be kind to those that stood for the true gospel during a time on the history line where the church needed change. There have been many who have also stood through the history of the New Covenant Church that brought about change and this is no different except…well it involves me, my family and many friends. With any change it takes time and standing for what is true.
So, I began this writing adventure with a true statement and is seen as a common thread or the bottom line of every single post. This is what I tell people all the time when talking with them because it is truly the encapsulation of the gospel. It is so simple that even fishermen or I can understand it. It is simply:
Knowing Whose you are and who you are in Jesus Christ.
It isn’t a bunch of steps, rules you have to follow, or a checklist of things you must do. We need to remember Jesus always said His yoke and burden is easy and light (Matthew 11:30). If you do not feel this way then I challenge you to truly look at whether or not you are living under the law in areas of your life. The Holy Spirit will help you with this….just ask.
My life in Christ is so simple…it is like when I was a child (Matthew 18:1-6). I simply believe in Who Jesus is- this automatically grafts me into the family line of Christ with all His benefits. I know the truth- Jesus died for all my sin, all my shame, all my sickness and disease for ALL time. When Jesus said it was finished-He really meant it. Understanding my righteousness, the Holy Spirit and my eternal life are gifts I receive from my Father through His Son. I haven’t done anything to deserve these gifts and I can not do anything to un-deserve them (except deny Jesus for Who He is and walk away (Peshah)–read Horizontal and Vertical (Part 4) for more understanding) -yet rest assured He is chasing after those with determination). My heart beats with the desire for ALL people to know this truth, to live a life full of Christ and live in the full freedom He died to give us. A place where you can breathe the air of heaven all the time. Come join me in such a place.
This basic truth is the solid ground of the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 7:13-14 and John 14:6)