Most Christians live their whole life with God doing nothing new, or nothing miraculous for them, or nothing that could really be considered visibly newsworthy or even noteworthy. But then we are told to walk by faith, not by sight. We are told to live in covenant, which means living by faith in the faithfulness of God whether we see what we expect to see or not.
Most Christians’ knowledge of spiritual things is usually mostly nurtured by what they are taught by others, from the pulpit, or by books, videos, radio, etc. And most of this is non-gospel related teaching. Paul makes the point there are many more ‘instructors’ as to how to live Christianity (he says 10,000 of them) VS. very few ‘Fathers of the Gospel’ (I Cor 4:15).
The only way to live in Kingdom reality since the cross is by understanding gospel truth (Matt 13:19) and by repenting from every other belief, and believing and living it (Mark 1:14-15). When Jesus and Paul speak of ‘the word of God,’ or ‘the word of the Kingdom,’ they mean the gospel Jesus came to bring us (Matt 24:14). They do not mean the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Jesus came to establish and institute the New Covenant gospel system (Heb 9:9-10, 10:9).
Thus Paul says to teach nothing other than his doctrine (I Tim 1:3). His doctrine and ministry was totally gospel focused (Acts 20:24). He says to only minister the New Testament (II Cor 3:6), meaning the New Covenant gospel. If you minister anything else he says you should be cursed (Gal 1:8-9). Paul didn’t mince words.
To Paul there is only one Kingdom reality and this is gospel truth. This is why I’m so committed to it as ‘The Gospel Life Coach.’ There is simply no other way to live that brings the power of God into us (Rom 1:16-17), and causes us to live in oneness with his presence.
If we don’t live life in the gospel, we don’t live in Kingdom reality. We live in some concoction of human belief that has no relationship to the gospel. Review the 10 aspects of the gospel here, that will be developed in coaching sessions: http://wp.me/P7lO5T-1X.