Living in the Spirit means Christ’s Spirit becoming you. This is the pure gospel of the Kingdom separated from additions and encumbrances that did not come from God that humbug our lives.
In religion we can live a pious and semi-ridiculous life that is a parody of one’s real self. We can be a ‘real self’ in Jesus when we abandon the artifice of religion and live directly in Christ our life. It’s as simple as deciding to do it. But we can still be contained in the web of a lifeless life in a respectable kind of religion composes largely of intellectualism and routine. I’m thinking of the kind of living in which spirit and life is absent despite one’s sincerity and love of Jesus.
We can love Jesus even though our Jesus is not the real Jesus and the life we are living for Him is not His life – but a variation and amendment of the original sanctified by respectability and sometimes false prophets. In this life we are never our ‘real self’ because we have not died to religion and been raised in the person of Jesus who by the Spirit manifests as us. All Kingdom life begins in the false self before revelation empowers us to move to the real self that is simply Jesus expressing Himself as you, George and Agatha.
Salvation is forgiveness for sin but it is more than freedom from sin. It is participating in limitless life and the relentless growing into one’s real self – into our glory as daughters and sons.
“Adam’s rebellion [was] met with an immediate and stout and intolerable divine “No! I did not create you to perish. I did not create you to flounder in misery, to live in such appalling pain and brokenness and heartache and destitution. I created you for life, to share in My life and glory, to participate in the fullness and joy, the free-flowing fellowship and goodness and wholeness that I share with My Son and Spirit. And I will have it no other way. It will be so.” (1)
It will be so and it is so when you say to Jesus, ‘Yes, you are my life.’
(1) Kruger, C. Baxter. Jesus and the Undoing of Adam . Perichoresis Press. Kindle Edition.