OWNING WHAT IS YOURS


It is impossible to know God or be yourself if you are living from the law. You will always live in your identity as a son of God when Christ is your life. Remember that Christ is your life and that the law is your lie.

Did you know that it is more correct to say that we have been received into God in Christ than to urge people to 'Receive Christ?' John wrote, 'In the beginning the world became flesh and dwelt among us.' Peter wrote that the test of the gospel of the Kingdom is ‘
Christ come in our flesh.’ Paul asserted that the glory of God's sons would spring from Christ in us and Christ as our life. C Baxter Kruger writes,

'The development of the vision of the Trinity through the first centuries of the early Church both clarified John's thought and focused the attention upon his stunning insight. Jesus was not merely an exceptional man who achieved an unusually close relationship with God; He is the Father's eternal Son who shares life and all things with him in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. And he became one of us, a human being. He is the incarnate Son.'

PIOUS RELIGIOSITY

Religion is largely made up of striving for what we already own. Distorted gospels make work out of Christ. For example we may be urged 'to keep close to Jesus.' While this is well meant it is not the reality Father created for us. We are in Him and He in us, even in our sin. Life, transformation and hope are ours when we believe in what is; when we embrace our inheritance and withdraw and use what has been placed in our spiritual bank account.

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‘Not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ’ Gal 1.7 ESV.

We may sing, 'I love You more than life.' The truth is that often we don't. We are frequently fastened on our life more than His and presume to use His life to advance our own. There is even a version of the new covenant that goes, 'Now I have seen what Jesus has done for me, I love Him so much that I would not want to displease Him.' But the fact is that often we don't love Him that much and are careless about pleasing Him while being obsessed with pleasing ourselves. And even in our best love, this love is not sufficient to overpower the power of sin. Our love and our resolve are weak. It is Christ in us who imbues us with Himself.

Christ was never subordinate to the law. He did away with the law and replaced the law with Himself. This is the basic Christianity that should inform our lives.

‘For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough’ 2 Cor 11.4 NIV.

A Christ who lives from the law is not the Christ of God. Jesus lived from His Father. Your privilege is to live from Jesus. In Jesus your and Father are one.

There are upside down gospels in which the main impetus is to try harder, to struggle further up Jacob's ladder. But this ladder is Christ and in Him you are already in Father's arms. There are gospels that have turned the cross on its head; that would use Jesus to support the law and help us keep its precepts; these foreign gospels reverse what Father has done.

Rather than the law leading to Christ some propose a false christ who leads to the law. This is a perverse teaching. In doing so the real Christ, the Christ of God is obscured and the spirit subsides into a ‘death’ that does not know it is not alive. The dead truly do not know anything. But in Christ, the Christ of God, the Christ incarnate in us - we are made alive. We see and we separate life from death and fallacies from the truth that makes us free. Wherever there is institutionalism there are accumulations of non life. Whenever Christ is our life we live in freedom and separate Kingdom life from rubbish.

‘Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom’ 2 Cor 3.17 NIV.

Because Jesus is our life we live in a state of continuous regeneration and growth. The Son of Man is incarnate in our flesh. His humanity is ever developing, always real and always relevant to our part of the creation. 'He is always becoming who He is in us,' which means we are becoming who we are. We are advancing into our real identity and purpose for being and we are flinging aside the chains and the weights from the father of lies in order to be who we are as Father's daughters and sons. With Him we co-labour to re-create the world.

‘Neither circumcision nor un-circumcision [nor Sabbaths or the traditions and accumulations and usages] mean anything; what counts is the new creation’ Gal 6.15 NIV.