LIFE IS A PERSON
'Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life' 1 John 5.12 NIV.
In this hour many are turning to the politics of the right as the way ahead. But succour is found neither in the left or the right. It is found in life. And Life is a Person.
Not a few wear the clothes of death because they comfort them. They find fragments of warmth and a kind of identity in their grave clothes because they do not know what they do not know. They do not know that only those who have the son have life. Jesus was so alive, so full of life itself and so un-hung up by the entanglements of death, that common life and prevailing religious thought must have been painful for Him. Yet while truth itself, He was so full of love and grace that He laid down His life for many who were not His Friends. Far from representing a god who kills people for offending Him Jesus was the Son of God who submitted to death on a cross so that the offensive might live.
'The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, "Take off the grave clothes and let him go' John 11.44 NIV.
Don’t live in your grave clothes when you have been resurrected. If we are still living in the old covenant we are dead whether we know it or not. If you love people you will not acquiesce in beliefs and conditions that cripple and blind them. Even if they are sincerely held. I had a wonderful mother but there are some of her ideas I have left behind. If we are open to Jesus we will be open to adjusting our views and offloading those that are contrary to who God is, what Jesus has done and who He has re-created us to be: Sons of God. There are times when we need to leave behind some of the long-held ideas of the mother church and the culture that fathered who we are. Especially when it makes us less than we are. And particularly if we hold them because we have misinterpreted the meaning of scripture and the nature of God. There are times when we need to abandon ideas and attitudes that we have personally accumulated because they are contrary to the mind of Christ and the witness of His Spirit.
A generic god and a construct christ are poor substitutes for Jesus Himself as our life. It is not until Jesus has come in our flesh that we have the ability to interpret correctly, what He is telling us in His word or what we think He may be saying to us through personal revelation. Telling people how bad they are and by how far they are missing out has no power to regenerate people. But the presence, love and drawing near effect of Jesus does.
Nevertheless foolishness, rebellion and delusion need to be called out for what they are. It is not negativism to call out sin and death, self-centered religion, the worship of celebrity and the barrenness of the Christian Industry with its creation of consumers and 'product.' It's a call to life. Ours is a God who loves people and hates death.
A law centered culture can render one judgmental and resentful of calls to a higher life. The charge of 'negativity' can come from the self-satisfied and those anesthetized to the gospel of the Kingdom because they have made a kingdom of their own. When law is our bottom line we tend naturally to the letter and take comfort in the blurred vision of religion. But we live in a false comfort because it is the comfort of those who cannot see. We find ourselves resisting calls to enter the sharpness of the Spirit where revelation reveals our favourite assumptions as weeds and tares.
When Christ is your life you will gain an irrepressible intolerance of all things dead. Father hates deadness, death, decay and torpor because it is foreign to His nature and to heaven. It makes His family less than they are. Thus His Son died to give us life and He lives to multiply Himself in people.
Jesus died to give us the water of life in a glass that is full - not half full or half empty.
Resistance to life and to light can come from the arrogant heart who refuses to repent and who is intent on multiplying religion in their own image. None are so affronted by a Christ life than those whose vested interest is a career in the status quo. None are so resistant to the new covenant than those who have made an identity for themselves in the old. None are so accommodated to death than those who have never been reborn because they remain in Adam and have made a semi-life in the knowledge of good and evil.
Jesus either comes in our flesh or we live in the flesh in company with our un-regenerated religious hearts. The judgment that comes to us is that Father allows us to participate in the results of the choice we have made, which is to live in ourselves in a form of godliness that is not God and find ourselves living the life of a tare. If we plant religion we will plant tares. If our identity is in anything other than Jesus we will be a tare. We will plant dullness and harvest death in the name of life. But if we plant Jesus we will multiply life and harvest sons and daughters for God. There is nothing greater or more elevated than being sons and daughters of God. Neither is there anything complicated about it. It simply means receiving Him as the Gift He is - by agreeing with Father that Christ is our life and that we have this life of sons in His Son.
'For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory' Col 3.3-4 NIV.