We place ourselves in a parlous spiritual position when we assume that we already have the truth and know all we need to know. The knife of the Spirit does not attend those with a partial commitment to truth. This pertains to our ability to perceive truth, reject error and be drawn into increasing revelation. A partial commitment to truth leaves us with poor discernment and inert. We have a dim appreciation of what God is doing now which leads to stagnation and wandering in the wilderness.
If we are among those who reject the new or the freshly re-stated every time it does not agree with our opinions we cannot know the truth that sets us free. We remain bogged in an addiction to substitutes for God that leave us almost alive while denying us genuine life. An honest commitment to the real as opposed to the familiar opens us to the wisdom and revelation of Jesus. Such a motivation will enable us to experience THE REALITY THAT IS CHRIST.
‘Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ’ 2.16.17 NIV.
Unless we are filled with the real presence of God and not substitutes and look-a- likes we cannot see the Kingdom of God or reproduce it.
‘Jesus replied, "Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again’ John 3.3 NIV. We are born again when we are alive in the spirit of Christ and not dead in the law.
When we speak about incarnation and seek to live in this reality we need to understand that the lesser is always incarnated by the greater. Christ has come in our flesh. We are sons of God but we are not God. The Bible is inspired by God but the scriptures are not God. The Spirit of God is in the scriptures that He inspired Godly men to write. But he is not the scriptures. They testify of Jesus. But Jesus does not testify of them. Don’t treat the words of God as if they are God. They are not deity. But they illuminate our path when read through the Jesus lens because they are God-inspired. Read in this mode they multiply the wisdom and revelation of God because the words become alive with His presence.
Our gospel is not the gospel of the Kingdom just because we are sincere or well meaning. We do not spread Kingdom spirit and life just because we give homilies from the Bible. Religion is lifeless. The Kingdom is spirit and life.
We have kingdom life and authority when Christ is our life and we act in His Spirit. This means living in the new covenant, not the old, in the spirit and not the law and in the reality and not shadows. None who are retained in the law can represent the gospel of the Kingdom.
‘He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant--not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life’ 2 Cor 3.6 NIV.
We are alive today if and when we are alive with Christ’s life in the Spirit of Christ, our Father and Holy Spirit. Rooted in the person of God we are personally alive and not dead as is anyone rooted in the law. The law represents Adam, his separation from God and his vain efforts to be like god in separation. The spirit is your life in Christ who is the new Adam and the One New Man who is multiplied as the Body of Christ and the church. Ensure you are in this gospel and not in some altered gospel of vanity and futility. In Christ you are incarnated with God in His fullness as sons and daughters. You are sons of God in spirit and in truth.