GUTTING the GOSPEL
BY: JOHN R. GAVAZZONI
SEPTEMBER 27, 2012
The juxtaposition and/or intersecting of the Word of God and the Gospel of God should be of great interest to those who are of the faith of Christ. If the reader will accept my definition of both, we can proceed together in this study.
It is my understanding that the Word of God is Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior, our Lord, with the normatively inspired written record and explanation of His Person being found in the Old and New Testaments: That is, He, as presented to us objectively in scripture, and then unveiled subjectively to us in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, is fully all that God has to say to mankind.
He is God's entire thought, idea, ideal, passion and purpose---God's Logos--- all rolled up into One MAN, Jesus Christ, as found BOTH in His individuality AND in His indwelling multiplication within the body of Christ. God has increased His Son in those who are of the faith of His Son. The glorified Body of the One is also the body of the many. There is One Body, and One Spirit.
It is also my understanding that the gospel of God – like the Word – is God, IS Jesus Christ. I favor Jonathan Mitchell's definition of the gospel as, "God's message of goodness, ease and well-being which brings God's gifts of His Spirit, His life, His grace, His power, His fairness, His peace and (above all) His love" [parenthetical insert mine]. To know Him is to know that the above is For us From God, our Father.
To repeat, Jesus of Nazareth – God's Son, the Christ, our Savior and Lord – IS God's Word, as attested by scripture. AND as that Word, He is God's good news. IMPORTANT: He is God's good news to us AS Emmanuel, God with us---God with us SO profoundly as to be One of us, and that, in His glorified Humanity.
Right now, He sits at the right hand of God above all the heavens, as God's perfected Man. His IS the finished work of God. He is all that God has been after from eternity, and His Origin is from that Primal beginning which is the eternality of God Himself. He came to us out from God, the eternal Son of the eternal Father, and BECAME Human. He did not simply add the element of humanness to Himself; He drew forth out of the essence of His unique Sonship, that true Humanness which IS the glory of God.
From the right hand of God, He ministers the Spirit of Himself to us as the Man God always desired. God always desired that He Who was BORN of the Spirit, should be fully unfolded to all creation by, and according to, the Humanness that lies at the heart of Deity. If you are still convinced that your humanity was something created out of nothing, and are unwilling to consider something better, then read no further, but if creation out of nothing strikes you as nonsensical as it does me, then read on.
There is no such thing as created spirits. God never created any spirit. Those who teach that have a distorted understanding of God as Father and Creator. Spirits are born---"That which is BORN of the Spirit, is spirit."
Paul's breathtaking testimony of Him is that
That One, in Whom all things were created, in the fullness of time came INTO all that was created IN Him, as One Man, one Human, born of a woman. Yet since all things were created in Him, He is that One Man who is the DNA of all humanity. Great is the mystery that all things, having been created in Him, when He became
What theologians call "The Cosmic Christ" is the same One as the historic Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ. In Him, God has drawn forth out of the depths of Himself, the fullness of His glory as One Human, AND as all Humanity. His Sonship is our sonship. As He proceeded out from God, we have proceeded out from Him. For St. Paul, the growth of the family of Abraham according to the line through the one seed Isaac, consummating in One Seed, Christ, is his reference point for understanding the unfolding of the Family of God.
All the children of Abraham, in respect to the economy of God, came ONLY through Isaac, and all those born traced back to Isaac are considered to be through Isaac, the children of Abraham. Likewise the spiritual Family of God has all come through the One Son, Jesus, the Christ, and in, through and by Him we are all the children of God, sharing with Him the same Sonship.
There has been of late a drifting away from holding to the Divine Humanity of Jesus Christ, suggesting or explicitly stating that it is really the Christ within His Humanity that God wants us to have and to know. That is classic Gnosticism, separating the Christ within from His embodiment. This is a denial that the Christ became Human and feeds us His glorified Humanity in the Spirit.
That's a very dramatic way of saying,
Please, dear brethren---since you have stayed with me as I've labored an important point---understand that "there is One Mediator between God and men, the MAN Christ Jesus." He mediates His glorified Manhood to us IN and AS the Spirit of Reality. Understand this: When God became a Man in Jesus Christ, God did not cease to be God by that metamorphosis; BUT when Jesus Christ rose from the dead, and was glorified, He did not cease to be a Man.
If we try to leave our humanity behind on our way to realizing our sonship, we leave Jesus behind, and we gut the gospel of its essence. There's a Man at the right hand of God now, transmitting Himself, WITH the whole of His Human experience to us as "the life-giving Spirit." I have to dare to say, that in order to become more spiritual, you must become more and more TRULY human. Your humanity has been sanctified in Him.