The Foolish Gospel

The gospel - I feel I should expand on this. The good news is that Christ died for our sins, rose from the dead and 'sits at the right hand of God'. But I think that there is some important sub-text here that we need to be aware of, and that we are generally blind to. What I mean is this: The opposite of Christ dying for our sins is an animal being sacrificed for sin - and this implies the entire temple system of Israel, which in turn implies all forms of systematic religion.

Through Christ's death and resurrection, God shut down all forms of religion and religious righteousness as a means to be free from sin and 'get right' with God. This includes any system of rules, rituals or routines that try to serve as 'the way'. God dealt with the core of the problem through Jesus. We are freed from our bondage to judgment and self-centredness (or the roots of sin) so that we can choose a higher way. We are also freed from the religious systems that we continue to try to establish to deal with sin and 'clean people up'. We are then freed to enter into relationship with God - which directly implies that we are free from sin - a gift that was only possible before through the Jewish temple system, which had become the economic, cultural and social centre of Jerusalem and 'a den of robbers and thieves'.

So when we read, "While we were still sinners Christ died for us," we should note that the opposite of this is a religious system of righteousness that had become a mockery of the measure of grace God was showing his people. And I would add that in light of the gospel, all systematic forms of righteousness are in some way a mockery of God's grace because they imply that belief in Jesus + "x" gets you right with God and free from sin. But in fact, it's Jesus plus nothing. This is the foolishness of the Gospel.

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