Living in God’s Gospel Blessings:

The Gospel Gives Us the Righteousness and
Inheritance of Jesus, and the Presence of Father

 

 

 

There is little preached today about us being the righteousness of Christ, but this is the truth (II Cor 5:21). Most of the church today is so sin-conscious that we can’t also be righteousness-conscious. The two don’t mix. This is another example of how these sessions build on each other. Session 6 makes this one easier to understand.

Roger Himes

The purpose of the gospel is to transform our minds. It is to straighten out our thinking. It is to allow us to think the thoughts of God (Isa 55:8-9). It is to give us correct belief: repent of all other beliefs and believe the gospel.

 

Behavior Versus Belief

Most of the church is focused on behavior, not belief. Being sin-conscious this makes us behavior focused. We view Christianity as being behavior modification.

Here’s another truism I use a lot: Good behavior will never produce correct belief, but correct belief will eventually produce good behavior!  This is the essence of Proverbs 23:7: “As a man thinks in his heart so is he.”

 

Righteousness in the Old Testament vs. the New Testament

Righteousness in the Old Testament was achieved only one way: by keeping all of the law of God (Deut 6:25). But we have a BETTER New Covenant today (Heb 11:39-40).

The righteousness of God (not our own righteousness) is imparted to us as a free gift (Rom 5:17). This verse says that the way we reign with Christ in the earth is by RECEIVING God’s gifts of grace and righteousness. Recall we talked about receiving from God two sessions ago.

The Old way was by DOING, the New way is by BEING.

Trying to become righteous by DOING will totally keep you from ever seeing that you are righteous in Jesus.

 

God’s Righteousness vs. Self Righteousness

“They being IGNORANT of God’s righteousness, and trying to establish their OWN righteousness, have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God” (Rom 10:2). We must SUBMIT ourselves to God’s righteousness, and RECEIVE it as a gift, or Paul says we are ’ignorant’ about it. We should not be ignorant of it, but very thankful.

How does it elude us? It does so when we continue to live life in the Old Testament way, and do not believe the declaration of reality and truth the gospel gives us. In

Philippians 3:9 Paul says he wants to be found in Christ, “Not having my OWN righteousness, which is by the LAW, but that which is through the faith of Christ: the righteousness which is of God by faith.”

Living by law, everyone failed (Acts 15:10). You cannot live in law and know you have God’s gift of righteousness!

We talked about the law being done away with. But Christian polls say that over 90% of all Christians still live by the law to some degree. Paul says if they do, they are under a curse (Gal 3:10). Jesus took all the curses away (Gal 3:13), — but I guess he left ONE: if we insist on living by the Old Covenant since he gave us the gospel. This would be like living like a pauper once you won the lottery.

Living by law and religion puts a veil
over our hearts and minds so we can’t
understand gospel truth (II Cor 3:15-17).

This is the greatest strategy Satan uses against us.
It’s how he blinds us to gospel truth (II Cor 4:4).

II Timothy 2:24-25 says Satan has us captive
if we don’t believe the gospel.
If we are captive to Satan, we must ask God
to give us repentance so we can begin
to acknowledge and live gospel truth.

Thus Jesus says, “Repent and believe the gospel.”
These were the first words out of his mouth,
and the most important thing on his heart.
This should be the most important thing to us too.

 

David: A Man After God’s Own Heart

One reason I think God refers to David in this way (Acts 13:22) is because he had greater revelation of the gospel of the finished work of the cross — 1,000 years before it occurred — than most of us have today, 2,000 years later.

Paul says of him: “David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness without works saying, ‘Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin’.” (Rom 4:6-8). Don’t forget that David was a man totally under the law.

Living by law, righteousness is a theology, not reality.

Here is Paul’s conclusion of the matter: “The Gentiles, who did not follow after righteousness, have attained it, even the righteousness that is of faith. But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, has not attained to the law of righteousness, because they sought it by works, not by faith” (Rom 9:30-32).

 

Our Inheritance In Jesus

When we know our righteousness as a gift from God, and not our own righteousness by works, then we know we are joint, equal heirs with Jesus (Rom 8:17). A favorite verse of mine is I John 4:17: “As Jesus is, so are WE in this world.”

It is only by knowing our absolute salvation, and knowing God’s unconditional love, and knowing the Old Covenant law is dead and gone (Coaching Sessions #1, #2, #3) that we can know our righteousness in Christ, and our inheritance with him.  This is living in gospel truth which removes us from All the Light We Do Not See.

 

God’s Presence in Us Is A Blessing We Live In

Things build in these coaching sessions. This is how the Lord has revealed them to me. They didn’t all suddenly come at once.

I say this to say you need to understand the truth about ONENESS with God that this session describes, or you will think I’m spiritually wacky in session #9.

The truth of oneness with our God (Abba Father, his Son and the Holy Spirit) is all through the New Testament. But sadly it’s a concept largely lost in some of our modern Bible translations. I often revert to the old King James Version to truly see this truth.

Modern Bibles are often much too modern, western, liberal and self focused, not so much God and his Kingdom focused, as the old, hard to read King James is. Modern Bibles substitute ease of reading for gospel truth, but the KJV doesn’t. At times I even question modern Bible translators’ revelation of gospel truth.

 

 

God’s Purpose in the Gospel Is To Bless Us

“The goodness of God leads us to repentance.” Preaching the law doesn’t produce repentance. There is so much of that today that unsaved people scoff at it because they hear so much of it: “Turn or Burn.” I was in Vail, Colorado last summer on the mall, and two guys were tag-teaming each other in the middle of the mall with thousands of visitors, and shouting their message:

“Turn or Burn.” I doubt they had any understanding at all of the gospel of the finished work of Christ. Yes, we need to turn from sin, and the Holy Spirit convicts unbelievers of their need to believe in Jesus (John 16:9). But to make “Turn or Burn” the prime message of Christianity is slapping Jesus in the face. Jesus did so much more.

This session is a little similar to Coaching Session #5: God’s Grace, Mercy, and Heaven’s Ways. But this session begins at a much deeper level. It begins with what I call ‘the dying declaration of Jesus,’ found in John chapters 12-17. Legally, a dying declaration is the last statement (s) by a person, before they die, knowing their death is imminent!  Dying declarations ‘carry more weight’ than any other type statements. They’re thought more reliable and trustworthy because of impending death.

In these chapters, Jesus talks a lot about our ONENESS with God, often with regard to the Holy Spirit, but also often just about our oneness with him and the Father. All words of Jesus are important, but these are very high on the list.

 

 

Grace and Truth Came By Jesus Christ

“The law was given by Moses, BUT grace and truth came by Jesus Christ (John 1:17). He did God’s will replacing the Old Covenant with the New (Heb 10:9). This buried the Old corpse, and it is decaying and dissolving (Heb 8:13). Paul calls this ‘the time of reformation’ (Heb 9:9-10). The Old was voided and set aside, and the New replaced it.

When we live in what Jesus did here, we are reformed, and our minds are transformed. Heaven has invaded us, and we in turn invade earth with the same reality we accept. If we just continue to live the Old ways of law, religion, rules, regulations and principles, then there is nothing NEW (grace and truth) for God to invade us with, or for us to impart.

Living gospel life is the abundant life of Christ infused with God himself. Any problems with living in this is only between our ears. Mental blocks to us hearing God’s gospel is produced by parents, peers and preachers and principalities we listen to who don’t know gospel truth. We must listen to God: “Today, if you WILL hear his voice…” Hebrews says this three times. God is still speaking the gospel to us, so we will not traffic in All the Light We Do Not See.

The gospel gives us two priorities in life:
(1) us in God, which is personal: us abiding in God is truth
(2) God in us, which is community: imparting truth to others

Our job in both of these aspects is to superimpose the Kingdom upon earth. God never asks us to do things he does not first do in us. We talked about (1) receiving, (2) responding, and (3) releasing. It’s the same message here. We just must always be responders.

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The Gospel Process Within Us

The gospel process is to learn to live in God’s anointing and presence. Jesus came to (1) redeem man, (2) reveal truth, and (3) release the presence of God’s Kingdom. Paul says we have given the calling or ministry of Jesus to do the same.

Revealing truth and imparting heaven redeems man. It’s not by preaching, “Turn or Burn” — or something similar We shall know the truth, and the truth shall make us free. This doesn’t mean to be free to do and say and believe whatever we want to. We are free from liability when we believe in Jesus Coaching Session 6).

God in us is our power (John 5:30, 14:10). All else is only flesh. Our job is to just do what Father is doing, as Jesus said he did (John 10:37-38). This is doing Father’s business, as Jesus did (Luke 2:49). We really can’t do anything on our own (John 5:19, 30, 8:29, 15:5).

We show God’s presence and power to others if we live Christ’s abundant life the gospel gives us. Powerlessness comes from what we lawyers call going out ‘on a lark of our own.’ I’ve been guilty of this too many times in my life.

We are told in Acts 2:22 that Jesus did no mighty works of himself, but the Father in him did the works.

 

Oneness With the Father and the Son

In his dying declaration, Jesus calls us to be ONE with him and with the Father (John 17:21-23). If you read these verses carefully, they say that this is the way the world comes to believe in Jesus. It is not by eloquence in quoting the 4 spiritual laws, or John 3:16. It is simply by allowing others to see that God inhabits us, and that we are aware of his presence. I know of no other way than by the gospel’s power. If you’ve discovered any other way, please tell me.

 

 

God’s Love Impacts People

Love is the means by which we impact others with the presence and power of God. But as the session on love showed, this love isn’t human love. It comes from God. “The LORD make you increase and abound in love, one toward another.” Only God’s unconditional love does it. We receive and release God’s love through his gospel!

 

God’s Truth Impacts People

Paul says the truth must be spoken in love. This means you don’t yell at people, “Turn or Burn.” That may be truth if they are unbelievers, but it’s not done in love. Truth is shared from the heart, and usually one-on-one, although many times it is shared to groups.

The gospel gives us revelation of truth. With God’s love in us, we are ready to share it, so truth is revealed to us in a dimension that helps others. God knows we’ll share it the right way. Like Paul, we will bring people “Out of darkness to light (flooding them with all the light they cannot see), from Satan to God, to receive forgiveness of sins” (Acts 26:18). This is far better than “Turn or Burn” preaching.

 

 

God Wants Us To Be Driven By What Drives Him

God is people-conscious, and he wants us the same way. He wants us discerning as to what drives the lives of others — which means their needs. We are all driven by our needs. If needs are NOT met, our lives break down.

So we must discern when others are in need, and ask God to show us where they are in need. Often people will tell you, but they often won’t. They are guarded and insecure.

 

 

The Way God Communicates With Us

God communicates with us in truth. God must speak to us in truth because we’re told God cannot lie. Jesus is truth. And the truth of Jesus is the only way God can communicate with us, and his gospel is our earthly rendition of truth.

I always ask God for specific words of truth in a given situation. I know a lot of gospel truth, but it doesn’t always generate power in any given situation. So I listen with an ear toward God to hear what he might be saying in a certain situation. Current revelation magnifies gospel truth, and it often does. But we have to traffic in God’s truth.

Lacking anything given to me by God specifically, I will just speak gospel truth prophetically to a person. Spirit-led preachers do this all the time from the pulpit. They may not have a word for any particular person, but they have a word that can apply to many people in many different ways.

We must just remember that our purpose here is to draw people to God, not to repulse them and make them run from God by preaching “Turn or Burn.”

 

 

Telling the Parables of Jesus

I am currently writing on the parables of Jesus, and how they were his way to reveal gospel truth to us. In talking to others, I will not usually quote a parable, but I will often use an idea in a parable to reveal a truth. Jesus gave us over 40 parables, so there are many to choose from.

The point is that when we get what God is truly trying to show us about his Kingdom — by means of his gospel, the parables of Jesus, and the teachings of Paul — then we have such a better handle on life to share with others and minister to them. Otherwise, we’re often just fishing for whatever theology we might have in our hip-pocket.

NOTE:
There is a second on this website that talks about
all the parables of Jesus, and how they describe his gospel.

 

 

Created For Blessing, and To Be A Blessing

God’s whole motivation is to bless us, and he’s blessed us with every blessing under heaven. Then, we just ‘pay it forward,’ to borrow this term again (I Pet 3:9).

 

Us Being in Christ, and Him Being in Us

The best way to see this reality of ONENESS with God is to see it in often used phrases in the New Testament: ‘us in Christ’ — ‘Christ in us’ — ‘God in us’ — ‘us in God’ — ‘the Holy Spirit in us’ — ‘living by the faith of Christ’ — and Ephesians 3:12 even just says ‘we have confidence by the faith of HIM.’ It would take two pages to reference all of this. Sadly, we have lost this in some modern Bible translations.

Chinese writer Watchman Nee died in the 1970s, but he wrote two books on this: ‘In Christ,’ and ‘The Normal Christian Life.’ I did not read them until the 1990s, but they helped bring me out of All the Light I Did Not See.

But the fact is this: many, many times these phrases are repeated by Paul especially. Sometimes ‘Son’ is used instead of ‘Christ’ or ‘Jesus.’ But the message is always the same: we are ONE with God. And we are meant to believe it, whether or not we feel like we experience it.

But I have discovered the more I believe it, the more I experience it.

The Gospel Life Coach

 

 

 

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