CHRIST YOUR LIFE

His life as your life

LIFE-GIVING MINISTRY

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There are apostolic teachers who live in God. They are one with Father and speak words of spirit and life as did Jesus, who lived entirely from His Father. These people emit rivers of living water that is a lived out ministry of spirit and truth. Often not popular with the establishment they are the yeast in the loaf and the mustard seeds that seems bitter to some but which empower others to become trees of life instead of weeds and pond-scums.

SOUP

Yet living in religion and a soup of law and spirit is the norm for many Believers. Many who might think they are grounded and practical practitioners of the faith may might advise that we cannot do without a mixture of spirit and law – which is the same as saying that we need to dilute our Christ life with a tincture of Adam and the fruit of the knowledge tree.

Nevertheless this ‘fruit’ of which
Rick Joyner wrote so well, is the engine that powers the matrix of religion. Some make a life work from propagating such retrograde theologies. A gospel of a kind it is – just not the gospel of the Kingdom. The Nicene Creed declares that what God is in his essence, the Son of God is too.

‘And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come’ Matt 24.14 NIV. This gospel of the Kingdom is no more and no less than Christ our life. That Christ is for us and that Christ is in us by the Spirit becoming our flesh and blood as the Lord’s Table illustrates.

PUERILE MIXTURE

Jesus is much more than an example of the life of a good man in us. He is God manifesting through us since He is Himself fully God. This reveals that the clinging to old testament laws and rites is puerile when compared to the life of God in us and being revealed in the sons of God
as us.

MUCH FRUIT

"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing’ JOHN 15.5 NIV.

‘Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times’ MARK 4.8 NIV. This is not a moralist parable. It is about the nature of the Kingdom of God.

KNOW THE SOWER FOR WHO THE SOWER IS

There are no rocks, weeds or pesky birds in the garden of Christ our life. Not the ‘Christ in you’ one that Paul speaks of. The Sower is sowing the incarnation into the world, which is His mission to sow Himself into you.


There are no rocks and law remainders in His Garden of fellowship with Father and Holy Spirit. It’s not a notional garden. It’s ‘I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.’


NOT ABOUT PESKY SINS


The parable of The Sower is about the incarnation. This is the garden that is Christ come in our flesh and the extravagant fruitfulness that is ours when our gospel is what Jesus sowed and not a half-gospel, ‘other gospel’ or a mixture of rocks and religion.

In adhering to half gospels and diluted gospels we impeded the fullness and the advance of the Kingdom of God. The ‘good soil’ has been less than abundant having been defined more as morality and good deeds and not what it was created to be: The radical incarnation of Christ’s life as ours.

OTHER GOSPEL ROCKS

The soil is strewn with rocks and stones as well as weeds and tares. These are old covenant usages and hybrid gospels that impede Kingdom growth. They produce members of churches rather than sons and daughters of God. And the seed that Christ incarnated
as you and I bears little fruit because it has not been embraced in the deep soil of our spirit and soul.

Someone has written, ‘The carnal mind of Adam cannot cope with Christ becoming flesh.’ In many cases this mind has not bothered or has fallen on soil so bereft of discernment that none but the basic contours of the knowledge of good and evil have been adopted – of course with a Christian gloss.

That’s its claim to legitimacy - as febrile as it is. Which is to say that religious people can resist the simplicity of the spirit of Jesus manifest as Joe and Bob –
the radical simplicity of Christ come in the flesh.

As a result people adopt as the normal Christian life the wound of separation from God and absorb themselves in institutionalism. Institutionalism is – a social form of legalism. It specialises in the quest of obtaining the union with God that already belongs to all. This is the unwitting fraud of religion and why some of ancients called it ‘
the great darkness.’ Thus we have the Christian Industry and the masses of Christian consumers who live in dependency and a false sense of separation from God.

The paralysis of this social wound comes from the fact that in living in separation from God we are separated from ourselves.

WHAT GARDEN ARE YOU?

Having settled for a garden of rocks and weeds much religion has been made out of separation and as a result we think we must find our own way to God – even though we are already with God and in the company of the trinity. Those of Greek disposition attempt it through the head. Legalists adopt all kinds of rationalisation to retain themselves in the law - thus perpetuating their blindness. Thousands of Christians attempt to overcome their perceived separation from God through themselves. This is why many of us must blunder on in this fruitless quest until we see that it takes us nowhere. Then we are ready to be rid of the first part of life and step into our new covenant inheritance in the second part: The Kingdom of God in us and with us. This marks the point where we are born again. This is the day on which we receive this scripture:

‘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