The purpose of God’s lifegiving command and the apostolic priority is to create loving hearts, good consciences, and faith without pretense.
The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 1 Timothy 1:5
Thinking outside the box as adopted children of God (even though we do not yet have our final shape or form) is facilitated by our new conscience. Our thinking about God-living-in-us and speaking with us directly needs to proceed without putting on a show or making a case for having done everything right.
Thinking out of the box is not just a cute saying or a mere uncomfortable exercise. The very nature of the heavenly gifts does not allow for human assertions of capacity or credit for eligibility.
The challenge to think out of the box is the primary activity to which the New Covenant brings us. We are no longer logged in to the box that stands as the instrument of our death. The tablets of stone are witnesses to the condemnation of both Jew and Gentile. The challenge is also to accept the authority of Christ above all else. Faith breaks us out if jail when Moses, the Law, and the Jewish people and government refuse to take God’s global standard seriously.
Conscientious and heartless
Many of us think we can follow a few Jewish practices and call ourselves “Jew” and child of God but Jews have had major hurdles to mount when conscience and heart are involved which we can only imagine.
- No heart at Sinai (rightly choosing to hear Moses rather than to hear God)
- No conscience on entering Canaan (loving the neighbor by destroying people and property)
- Not one israelite has passed into life by being obedient to the Covenant. Now the house is desolate
There is a dynamic sense of being out of the box, and that begins with our change of mind concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment. he has taken us out of the box for a New Perspective.
How can there be a new view without a new object, and what would be the point of looking at the same object from a different position?
If Christ is the judge the guilty go free. Most Christians say that but they do not believe it and are not willing to forgive the guilty. If Moses and the Law are the bosses then we are in prison: faith (Christ) is locked out and our juvenile status is confirmed. When a believer sins no death sentence can apply, because the believer has already passed from condemnation to justification, from death to life. The strength of sin is the law and when the Law speaks it speaks death.
Law had never created hearts of love that succeed in loving. Yhe law has never created a good conscience that helps people accept the truth no matter how different or difficult it is, and the law does not create faith. Law and Faith are not partners.
Hearing the message of salvation is what awakens faith: faith comes by hearing the gospel, the promise of Life in Christ. Let us examine ourselves to see if we have jumped out of the box and into Christ’s lap (bosom) because loving hearts, good consciences, and faith without pretense will never come from trying to do all that God has said.
The Spirit and the Bride say, Come. And let the one who hears say, Come. And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. Revelation of John 22:17