A lady came to a conference once. Holy Spirit had impressed her to seek Jesus the Son of God. ‘There are many Jesus’s she said. But only one is the Christ of God. Jesus is the seed of the new creation. The plan of the trinity before creation was always to bring creation to its fullness through Jesus. It is through Jesus being one with our Father and Jesus being one with us that the life of the trinity and the life of heaven becomes the life of earth. He manifests as life and multiplies life unto life.
The replication of Jesus the Son of God is the new creation. Christ lives in our flesh. God inhabits our being. Christ our life is the new covenant in which His life is our life and our life the life of the world. The new covenant in His blood is our life in spirit and in truth. It is Christ come in the flesh of Believers. He is our life personally and our life as the inhabitants of the creation.
‘Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me’ John 17.21 NIV.
The new creation is simple and powerful. It is Christ multiplied in His people and the life of heaven made manifest in people like you. This is not something to strive for. This life is already in you. Agree with it in your heart and facilitate it by resting in it.
In Christ we are one with God and in God we are one with heaven. There is no separation here. Today we and Father are one. The joining power of you to God is God Himself - Jesus. This is the vicarious humanity of Jesus. He Himself is all that you desire to be in your relationship to God and more. Only Father knows the Son and only the Son knows Father. But this ‘knowing’ is yours in Jesus. There can be no greater gift than this.
Anything not Jesus stifles the flow of this life so avoid extraneous things like the plague they are.
If Jesus is the seed of the new creation He may also be likened to a zygote, a cell formed by the fertilization event between two gametes. The zygote's genome is a combination of the DNA in each gamete, and contains all of the genetic information necessary to form a new individual. Jesus contains everything to make us a new person, everything to make His church the Church of the Firstborn and a new kingdom.
Our new birth occurs as a result of the union that God brought about between man and God. First the Son was born of Mary and lived among us. Secondly Jesus undid our separation through His cross and returned to live in us by the Spirit at Pentecost. His living in us and not the cross is the big deal of salvation history. The cross is the door to the incarnation – to the fullness of God living in us as it was in Jesus.
The growth and health of the Body we call the church is simply the multiplication of Jesus in people and more radically the manifestation of Jesus as you and I. Thus Paul says, ‘Christ in you, the hope of glory and then goes on to emphasise Christ Himself as our life.
The new covenant is not a clever way of achieving life through the law. Nor is the new covenant a super way of ‘doing’ the knowledge of good and evil with Jesus’ help. But it is the new and living way in which Jesus is replicated in those who receive Him as Lord. By the Spirit.
It is Jesus who is this grace, this life, this new creation, this expanding Kingdom of God. It is Jesus as Himself, un-added to, undiluted and un-massaged into another gospel, who is the Body of Christ, the Kingdom of God and the Health of Heaven. There is a reason why this Christ and this gospel must not be tampered with. Any alteration in its DNA turns the body that results from it into a cancerous mass.
Cancer forms when a cell mutates and the distortion multiplies as if it is meant to be there. Cancer acts as a ‘truth’ when it is actually a ‘lie.’ The result is a monstrosity. Since what is being multiplied is a perversion of the genuine organ it produces dysfunction and eventually death. The cancer as an instrument of death sucks the life out of life. This is why Paul warns against and other gospel.
Physical cancer is similar to the effect a false christ and a distorted gospel has on personal spiritual formation and the body of Christ. Should we be seduced into relationship with a christ who is not the real Christ and not the Christ of John or of Paul; should this christ be a mutated christ and come in a mutated gospel that is another gospel and not the gospel of the Father and the Son, we will not be going from glory to glory. We can expect progressive depletion of our life forces and the kind of obscene growth we see in a cancer or a tumour – dysfunctional cellular expansion that ends in death.
Hidden in Christ we are swallowed up in life. In the Spirit all that is dead is even now swallowed up in life so that our eternal life is the consequence of what is already occurring in the spirit of light and life. In the Christ of God death is swallowed up in life! Peter declared, ‘You are the Christ, the Saviour of the world – because He is!
‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.’ John 1.5 NIV.