The fullness of God for us and in us is Christ our life. He is personal, present and lives to fill the entire universe with His being. The substitute for the life of God is religion. The short-changing of the presence of God occurs when we live from ourselves in separation from God attempting to obtain the union with God that is already ours - but which we have denied because we live in a lesser gospel.
The alternative to spirit and life is always some dissertation based on the knowledge of good and evil – on the mistaken belief that any piece of self-improvement and god-talk represents the Kingdom of Heaven. But unfortunately it doesn’t. The flesh never extends the Kingdom Jesus began. But the spirit always does. I mean the spirit and life that flows from the trinity, into and through us when we are joined to God in new covenant oneness.
‘The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirit and life’ John 6.63 NIV.
SPIRIT OF REVELATION
An unconditional commitment to Jesus will reveal Him as He is. Not because we become clever but because He rejoices in revealing to us His glory and ultimately our own glory as the sons and daughters of God. He will reveal Himself to our innermost being when we decide to place all of our ideas and assumptions under the Lordship of Jesus and hold back nothing for ourselves.
How many understand that we can love Jesus, be nice people, yet worship a ‘Jesus who’ is not the son of God and be Believers in a gospel that is not the gospel of the Kingdom? Jesus is not the son of God when he is the construction of our own fearful/carnal minds or a figure sculptured from a distorted gospel. Jesus being ‘I AM,’ is who He is. Having the mind of Christ means having the Son’s mind on who Jesus, Holy Spirit and Father really are and the inheritance they have given us. Through Christ, Father and Holy Spirit gave us our new covenant life of union with God. All that Peter writes about prophecy is true of this new and living way of Christ our life.
‘Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit’ 2 Peter 1.20,21 NIV.
We belong to the Body when we are one with Jesus. The gospel of the Kingdom is not some regression to law and pre-cross living with the addition of Jesus’ help. It is life in the spirit of sonship that is ours because Christ is our life. If the new covenant could be expressed briefly it would be in Paul’s words, ‘Christ your life.’ Just so we know, we are meant to be living in the new covenant and not the old or a mixture of the old and the new. This is because the power of a regenerated life is ours when we live in the resurrected Jesus. Jesus is not only our personal resurrection but the resurrection of society. This is the new creation.
Jesus offers us life without limit. Any limited kind of life is an acceptance of a degree of death and an affront to what Jesus has done for us. Degrees of malfunction in our being are called disease, by which we mean a lack of ease and wellness. They are in fact a partial death. It is the same with diseases of spirit and soul. Filled by the law and religion we are unwell, crippled and phantoms of our real selves. With Christ our life, the Christ whose spirit is in us and manifesting through us, we glow with mental and spiritual health.
Jesus warned people of false gospels and false christs. He made a point of cautioning that all who call themselves the Body are not the Body. Some are tares – sons not of God but of ‘other gospels’ originating from the father of lies. Jesus transferred all of humanity from death to life, which is to say from Adam to Himself and from separation to union with God. Today each Believer has an inheritance. This inheritance is that we have the same relationship with Father as has Jesus. You and Father are one.
Following the cross we were not only made one with God. God came to live in us. The spirit of Christ has become our life. This is to say that the person of Jesus is manifest in our being. He is both Christ our life and Christ our righteousness. Christ has come in our flesh by the Spirit and as such manifests as our life.
‘I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist’ 2 John 1.7 NIV.
Grace is not just a quality or disposition. It is the person of Jesus manifesting the nature of our Father in you and I. Grace is a life that is not yours, abiding in you as your life. Christ in not ‘like your life.’ He is your life. Jesus is not only the Way to the Father. He is your relationship to our Father.
Grace is the incarnation of the God-head in you. God is not restricted to a special place or a special day. He is in you and with you. In making all things one God has made all things holy.
Christ is our grace. He stands entirely in our place in relation to Himself, the Father and Holy Spirit. To say that the law or morality or Christian values are the key issues of salvation is a gross misunderstanding and ‘another gospel.’ Performance is not the key issue. In Father’s mind you are the key issue!
The key issue is the excellence of our Father and the reality of our in union in the Holy Family as sons and daughters. The Fatherhood of God and the Sonship of you and yours were decided at the cross and made real by the incarnation of Christ in you. Salvation is more simple than many think. It is Christ in you.
‘The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one’ MATT 13.38 NIV.