Recently we differentiated between lie and life. Today our topic is life and light. On one of my walks around ‘our block I saw two things that made me happy. Bright, flaming leaves on the green grass at the base of a tree and a house with a sign outside with big letters, ‘It’s a girl!’ I was glad that I could participate in the joy that comes when a new person comes into the world.
All life comes forth from the Son!
Jesus is life itself and the complete expression of our Father. All things came to be through Him and He holds the entire creation together in His person. Every part of creation, every form of life owes its creation and purpose to God’s Son. We and the earth came forth from His being and we are resurrected in Him as the new creation in His person. There is an order of love, life and spirit that permeates all and binds it in togetherness and joy. This is the law of the spirit of life that is none other than the person of Christ.
‘For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death’ Rom 8.2 ESV.
There is life in no other name and in no other thing. All life is imparted from the person of Jesus and through those for whom Jesus is life. We are who we are because by the Spirit the Son of God lives in us. We are truly human and truly sons and daughters of God because by the Holy Spirit we are imbued with the Son of Man. Thus Christ in us is not only the hope of glory in the future. His life as our life is the unveiling of ever increasing glory every day.
‘Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth’ John 4.20-24 NIV.
When Jesus is our life we worship in spirit and in truth. We are sons of God. The attempt to find life in religious things is a form of superstition that diverts us from real life and dulls Christ’s presence in us. This is why it is safer to plant Jesus than it is to plant churches. Plant a church and you might harvest more church. Plant Jesus and you will harvest sons for God.
‘If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned’ John 15.6 NIV.
We are born again when we are dead in Adam and alive in Christ. Christianity is not about morality and nor is it about church. It is Christ and remaining in Christ. Christ’s life as our life. Should we revert to the law our fate is described above. Unless we are born again and have made the transition from law to spirit we cannot see the Kingdom of God or participate in its life ( John 3.3).
The religious person attempts to find life in things. We are not sharp, focused or on target in religion, even if we are doing the Christian stuff. We live a muffled life ascribing sacredness to things that are not. There is no substitute for Christ incarnated in us, nothing that has the same effect as His life as our life. There is no life in anything not God. It is God through Christ and His Spirit that life is in us and spreads out into new realms, driving out death as the new creation. This is why Jesus said, ‘It’s not rites that matter. It’s spirit and truth that counts. Paul unwrapped this further when he said, ‘What counts is a new creation.’ It is the light and life within that enables us to discern between religion and life.
‘For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart’ Heb 4.12 NIV.
The law of the spirit of life is neither the new testament or the teachings of Christ and the apostles. It is Christ Himself. The law of the spirit of life is God and always was. There is no law apart from the person of God alive in people. ‘Against such things there is no law.’ Who needs law when one is inhabited by the personal transfiguration of Christ?
The manifestation of Christ in you has a name: The Spirit of Sonship. You are a son/daughter of God. Your new name is your new covenant, new creation name. It is who you are according to the Father of Light. It is a repudiation of who the father of lies attempted to distort you to be.
Don’t expect to rightly divide the word of truth with a law mindset. Observances, rites, the reverence of times, the attribution of sacredness to places, the eating of foods or the donning of special clothing has no relevance in this age. In Adam we lived in parts and bits and pieces, attempting to clothe ourselves in the fig leaves of the knowledge of good and evil. Today we are in God, in the vine and branches of the tree of life. What counts is Christ our life, Christ as the new creation dynamism welling up in our being; Christ forming His church as the manifestation of Himself; Christ alive as His people and His people transforming the world as His ever-unfolding Kingdom.
In Jesus is life and that life is the light of all who receive Him as their God and their life.
The Bible will not help us a lot if we are not in Christ. Many heresies, subtle and brazen claim their support from the Bible. Entire ‘other gospels’ and alternate cosmologies have been built on the claim of a Biblical foundation. If we have made ‘a christ’ from our religion or ‘a christ’ from extra-biblical revelation, we are not in Him and we do not have the Christ of God. We are in ourselves. When Christ is not our life what we have should be seen for what it is - pathetic. And then repented of. Rick Joyner’s vision depicts vast numbers of people both secular and religious made blind and paralyzed by eating the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil.
‘I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see’ Rev 3.18 NIV.
False Christ’s are more subtle than we think. But in this age we are extravagantly wealthy. We are not orphans. Christ has come to us in the Holy Spirit. He dwells in us and surrounds us so that we are privy to His personal mentoring. Because we are the habitation of God we are tutored by His wisdom and revelation. We have the Jesus lens through which to read the Bible and comprehend its true meaning with the eyes of our hearts. We have Jesus’ life and person to imbue us with Himself. This is the spirit and life that is ours every day.
From the beginning life was found in the trinity. God is the womb of our existence. We germinated in the heart of God and were created as Adam and Eve. We had spirit, life and agency because we were part of God - sons. We manifested His righteousness and wholeness as long as we were one with Him. To be sons of God is to be living extensions of His person, life and wholeness.
This is the law of the spirit of life. There is no law apart from this - which makes the entire theology of Ellen White a vaporous myth. It is disappointing that an entire movement makes the notion of an ‘independent ‘law the reason and purpose of its being and in so doing writes off the new covenant. Since life, spirit and righteousness is found in God alone we must abandon the idea that it is found in things and behaviors. Even a right behavior is wrong and lifeless if separated from God, which is what it is if done when defined as an aspect of law. We are alive and right when we are one with God - which we are in Christ. His living personified righteousness lives in us and is imparted to us by His Spirit.
Jesus declared Himself as ‘life.’ Righteousness is a function of life and personhood. Righteousness independent of god is an abstraction and incapable of producing life.
God is a person. The Bible is not a person. The Bible is not God and the words of the Bible are not God. To read the Bible independently of the Spirit can be to turn it into the letter that kills. Only when we read the Bible in Jesus are its words alive and filled with grace and truth. Robert Brinsmead writes,
"The purpose of all Scripture is to bear witness to Christ (John 5:39; 20:31). The Bible in itself is not the Word of God. The Word of God is a person (John 1:1). Neither does the Bible have life, power or light in itself any more than did the Jewish Torah. These attributes may be ascribed to the Bible only by virtue of its relationship to Him who is Word, Life, Power and Light. Life is not in the book, as the Pharisees supposed, but only in the Man of the book (John 5:39)."
This might be summarized as ‘He who has the Son has life. He who does not have the Son does not have life or light.’