It is clear that president Trump lives in his own reality. Recently one of his advisors spoke of ‘alternative facts.’ Facts are facts but if you live in your own bubble centred on you and your importance, it’s possible that you may embrace this fantasy.
Some Christians live in their own bubble of bad doctrine and alternative facts centred on themselves and their denomination. Yet they need not remain captive to formative myths. To live boldly in spirit and life, they must resolutely set their faces to leave behind fables that have been held as truths in order to enter the truth that is Christ their life. Truth can look frightening when we have been marinated in an alternative gospel. Only in Him are veils removed.
‘Anyone who loves their father or mother [or the religion of their father and mother] more than me is not worthy of me’ Matt 10.37 NIV.
There is one gospel of the Kingdom and one body of doctrine known as the teaching of Christ and the apostles. None are at liberty to alter this reality and replace it with a reality of their own. If they do they will come to no good. The kind of gospel that is theirs is described by Paul as a curse. And a curse it is because it robs us of truth and the fullness of life.
Here is the promise of our life in God.
‘For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’ Col 3.3,4 NIV.
‘Christ Your Life’ is the name and theme of this blog. These words are used by Paul to describe our new creation life in the Spirit of Jesus. Had I seen these words many years ago I may have thought that they meant ‘Christ helping us live the Christian life.’ Some may see it as helping us avoid evil and embrace the good. It’s not. It’s His life as ours. Others may see these words as Jesus helping us keep the law. But they are none of these. They are Jesus not only as our life but the life of all creation.
‘The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together’ Col 1.15-17 NIV.
The mystery of Godliness is the living word manifested as you.
There is no law apart from God. No righteousness and no life separate from God and never was. Our Adamic life under the tree of knowledge created the illusion that there is. The laws of Moses never offered life. They had no power to transform a life. Only to condemn and reveal that fact that what was needed was not more or better laws - but a life lived in us that is not our own. Our need has been provided in Christ our life. In Him we have grace and transformation - grace that is ours and a life that is His, transforming us with Himself. This is Christ our life.
‘This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God’ 1 John 4.2 NIV.
Christ is our life because He is our at-one-ment. He has made the two one. He has joined us to God, made us one with ourselves and joined us to each other - in Himself. Christ is not here to help us live more successfully in laws, principles, values, helpful attitudes or beneficial diets. He unites us with God and joins us to the life of everything. Anything extrinsic to Jesus as our life did not come from God and is another gospel.
Christ our life is life in the Spirit - in the Spirit of Christ, our Father and Holy Spirit. Christ our life is not us operating in the gifts. It is our union with our Father. This is the soil of the gifts and the anointing.We can operate in a smattering of gifts and not have Christ as our life or enjoy union with God. It’s simple. If we are one with the law we are not one with Christ or with our Father and the Spirit. We are one with ourselves.
Christ our life is code for the vicarious humanity of Jesus. This is spelt out below as follows:
1 Our life is his believing, His doing, His Faith that is ours.
He has taken the place of all others not only to die for them but to live for them.
2 Jesus is our life because He is our human response to God. In Christ the things of humanity are brought to God.
3 Christ is my life because the faith of Christ Himself is my faith.
4 We need Christ to be our life because of our inadequacy in knowing God and responding to Him.
5 To say ‘Jesus Christ is my Life!’ is to abandon all other support including our faith in religion. Christ takes on the whole of our life so that we may take on the whole of His life.
6 Christ is our life because He really took our place in the knowing, worshipping and believing of God..or bearing testimony.
7 Christ our life is something many Christians find hard to accept. They want to preserve an element of independence and self-respect for themselves.
8 Christ our life is not only God with us but we with God.
9 Christ our life is our meaning and purpose for being. Christ my life is my unique identity and my connection to the community of the saints.
10 Christ our life is His Kingdom come in my flesh. It is the Living word manifest in me.