You have a life in Christ. But it’s not about being a good person. It’s about being yourself. Just as God is I AM so you are similar as a son/daughter of God. You are who you in Christ. In Him you gain your reason for being. In Him you are enlarged in the uniqueness that is you and in Him you become an apostolic minister to those who are part of your life.
Your life in Christ means you are who you are. I said that before because it is true. This is the core of your being and the foundation of the new creation. ‘Identity’ being who you are in Christ and our Father by the Spirit is the you as a living stone - a living stone as compared to a dead stone as in the law.
‘I AM’ has brought you forth, redeemed you and become your life by His Spirit. Hidden in Christ you are never smothered. You are nurtured in the fellowship of God to grow into the fullness of who you are. Your identity comes from the fact that you and Father are one. This is the source of your life and mission. As an extension of God - as a son/daughter you are apostolic in the sense that Jesus is apostolic. You may or may not be an apostle. But all sons and daughters of God are apostolic representatives of our Father and His Son. This is why it is important to live in the fullness of our inheritance as daughters and sons rather than as religious (objects) figures.
‘Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is’ 1 John 3.2 KJV.
What were humans before this ‘now?’ They were slaves and workers. Wholeness is not found in juggling the mental, physical and spiritual elements. Its is real when Christ is your life. Live in Jesus, not an ideology. Wholeness and the holistic life is real when the Son of Man is our life. Nothing holistic ever came out of the law nor can it. There is a whole person reality in the Spirit, when Christ has come in our flesh that is real because Christ becomes us and we are sons.
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory’ Col 1.27 NIV. There are various disciplines and rites we may utilise to assist us in our life. The life is not in the disciplines, in the prayer or the Bible study. Spirit and life are in the Christ. When Jesus is Lord He will be Lord over these lesser things as will we. Subordinate to Christ and to ourselves they can gain the capacity to assist in the ministration of His life. Yet they are not His life. He is Himself. He is Spirit and truth and not dependent on any thing to mediate Himself. There is never any substitute for His person.
Practice reading the Bible version of the Bible rather than the Ellen White/ Adventism version. One is of God. The other is not.
So it’s not about being good and avoiding evil. But in Christ we will do this without being preoccupied with jots and tittles. Our personhood is in the Father and the Son. We will never live from morality and ethics. Yet we will live whole and holy lives because that is what sons and daughters do. They are holy as I AM is holy. Partly because He is in us and with us and partly because we have the freedom to be ourselves and to grow into our better selves as a result of His Spirit and grace.
Avoid living the knowledge of good and evil with Jesus’ help. We are here to live His life because He is our life.
We live from Jesus and our Father in the anointing of Holy Spirit. The trinity is ultra-personal and communal. Thus we are nurtured in our unique identity while according others the freedom to be themselves. We multiply freedom because we are in grace and we have the Spirit of Community in us and flowing through us.
‘Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life’ 1 John 5.12 NIV.