An evangelist sat in the Airbus and ‘witnessed’ to the lady beside him. He proceeded to tell her all the things he and his community did not do. Not surprisingly the woman, not a Christian but a lover of life asked, ‘So what do you do?’
If Jesus is your life, you live life to the full!
It should not surprise us that Jesus went about raising dead people. He raises people out of dead ends and dead religion. The meaning of life and the meaning of you is found in the person of Jesus. The meaning of persons is found in God and God is revealed to us in Jesus of Nazareth. And so are you. You too are revealed in Jesus Christ.
‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcomeit’ John 1.1-5 NIV.
Any attempt to find our identity and purpose in anything less than Jesus is a dead-end and degrading. It degrades God and degrades us. It is for this reason that ‘sin-mongering,’ by which I mean living one’s life out of what one should do or must not do is an affront to God and the disfigurement of you. It is the knowledge of good and evil and the product of lies about God and separation from God.
In the genuine gospel, the law leads to Christ. This is the revelation of God and the testimony of scripture. In false gospels – those twisted by human assumption and false prophets, Christ leads to the dead end of the law where one is surrounded by a spiritual atmosphere of darkness and death.
God is defined by what He is. Not by what He is not. Thus He is ‘I AM’ and not ‘I am not.’ This is why the accurate expression of God is seen in a person and not in some abstract entity like the knowledge of good and evil and the law. Who God is and His nature, is expressed accurately and fully in the person of Jesus Christ. Any representation of God that is not the person of Jesus is a parody and a nonsense.
‘Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'?’ John 14.9 NIV.
Jesus is God, the life of God and the righteousness who is God. To say God is love is to say that this love is the person, the life and accomplishments of Jesus Christ. To say that you are righteous is say that Jesus’ life is your life and that you are a son. You are a son in spirit and truth because you are the son/daughter of the Second Adam from whose ‘loins’ comes the new creation – the one new man and who is the progeny of Father, Son and Holy Spirit by origin and by redemption.
‘By abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace’ Eph 2.15 ESV.
Jesus was the complete expression of God and was God. In Him dwelt the fullness of the godhead bodily. In this age, as a result of the cross, the resurrection and Pentecost who are a son. In you lives the fullness of the Godhead bodily. You are the expression of our Father and the fashioning of the Son. You are filled with Holy Spirit and live in their continues presence. You are the expression of Jesus.
In the new testament age Jesus Christ is entirely representative of you personally and your interests as a son of God. His relationship with His Father is even your relationship with Him and Holy Spirit. He is entirely representative of you and for you. You belong in the Holy Family and always will.
FROGS AND KINGS
Kings and priests are never subject to the law. They are the manifestation of Jesus Christ and as such the sons and daughters of God.
‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NIV. For some reading this, ‘That day’ could be today!
Just as the love of you and your spouse produced your children, so the love of Father, Son and Holy Spirit produced the human race and you. All has been done that needs to have been done to secure their vision for you and who your heart really desires to be. Just agree with Him and rest in Him and you will be the prince and princesses you really are.