The luxury of the new testament age is that none of us need to try to be religious. Religion went out with Adam and Infinite Life came in with Jesus. It’s as simple as this. He is our life. He lives in us, as do our Father and Holy Spirit and they impart themselves to us. Not only that but we have been place with them – in their fellowship and fused with their being. This is the meaning of ‘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. Realise this now. It’s the difference between religion and life.
This is no exaggeration. Religion is a false christ.
Religion attempts to fill the space left by the absence of God with something of ourselves. Some religions do this with idols. Christianity can do with the husks of devotional life – the Bible, doctrine, ministry, praise and worship. All the things that have value in themselves but which are incapable in themselves of imparting the life of God. Only Jesus does this. When they are the expression of Him in us they are alive. As stand-alone they are sinews of death.
Jesus was raised aloft on the cross to draw us into God. We raise Him aloft today for the same reason. Just as Jesus drew attention to our Father and revealed His Nature so we are bound as apostolic people raise Jesus aloft so that all can be drawn into real life instead of pseudo-life.
‘And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself’ JOHN 12.32 NLT
There are the deep things of God and the shallow things of ‘god-stuff.’ We live in religion to the extent to which we confer sacredness on things that are not God, treating them as though they are life-giving. Watchman Nee wrote on this subject under the heading ‘The Carnal Christian.’ If what he wrote was relevant in His day it is even more so today when thousands are fed pieces of wrapping paper from the package rather than the person of Jesus.
Wrapping paper and Christian junk-food will no longer do. If we come from a religious culture of superficiality we will not survive the coming days. Neither will be have anything of value to offer a desperate world. We must eat Jesus in order to multiply life, hope and genuine security. ALL OF US CAN BE ONE WITH GOD BY CLAIMING WHAT US OURS and living in ‘I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.’ Such living is living in God instead of a protracted version of the knowledge of good and evil.
EAT HIS BODY, DRINK HIS BLOOD
This is the age where obedience is living in the incarnation. Anyone can eat Jesus. It just takes an appetite and a will. All can choose to receive the person of Jesus into their being. Any man or woman can decide to live from His life rather than their own. None need live vicariously from the collective swirl of church activity or from the imaginary importance of being busy. Make a life out of busyness and we can multiply emptiness. We can live in the illusion that we are under the approbation of God because we have a ministry. Keep in mind that there are evangelists who have spent their entire lives sincerely propagating a delusion. The truth is found in Jesus as our life and the teaching of Jesus and the apostles.
Jesus lived for His Father and for us. In having no life of His own He became fully Himself, achieving all the Father had set for Him to do. In being nothing He became everything. He accomplished His task, revealed the glory of His Father and was glorified personally in so doing. In Christ we receive glory as our real identity is revealed. We are the most glorious when the identity and purpose Father gave us is revealed in being true to ourselves, loving God and loving others through who we are.
‘When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’ Col 3.4 NIV.