Jesus draws us out of religion into Himself. Should we remain in Adam and not really have been reborn into Jesus we will remain dull, ineffectual and partially dead to the voice of God and not know it. Sure, we may be busy and have a ministry, but are we operating in the new covenant or in the disabilities of the old?
Jesus’ cross effected the new birth. Believers need to know that this is rebirth out of religion into a Jesus life from first to last. For the Jews this meant that their identity was no longer in themselves. It was in Jesus. For us it means that our identity as Believers is not to be found in being a Baptist or Catholic. We are hidden in Christ and our true identity is revealed by Christ in us and more - by Christ as us.
Many of us can move from us our life to Christ our life with great advantage. There is no such thing as a Baptist Christian or a Lutheran Christian. We are either in Christ or we are not. People often call themselves these things. But it is a case of mistaken identity. You have one husband who is Christ and one identity in Christ. You are the one new man in the man who is one. Or you are just a phantom of yourself.
‘I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him’ 2 Cor 11.2 NIV.
Father’s plan was always to make his Son our life so that humans would once again live in God in order to escape the confusion, dullness and death that spread through the human race through Adam. Life in Adam leaves us disjointed, dull and confused while binding us in the conceit that we can see clearly and are doing well - when in in reality we emit mere drops of life. But when Jesus is our life rivers of water flow from our being.
‘For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart’ Heb 4.12 NIV.
SHARP EFFECTIVENESS AND DISCERNMENT
The sharp sword of the Spirit is the living word. The word of God in you and as you. It consummately and precisely discerns between that which is spirit and flesh. It separates the Kingdom of heaven from, "try harder" Christianity and the domains of the flesh. You have this discernment when your identity is in Christ. But it is dulled to the extent that our identity is found in other things like our achievements, our denomination, or our sense of entitlement to some kind of ecclesiastical specialness. The pure in heart see God for a reason. Their commitment to God is not diluted with dual or multiple loyalties. They have one husband.
Paul declares that Christ is all and in all because He is. We have no right to an identity that is extraneous to this. Not unless we value dung and garbage as Paul points out. Such an identity is superfluous and spiritually debilitating. As a preacher you can deliver a sermon that is a well-made essay - a sound Bible study. You might entice people with erudite allusions and the dropping of celebrated academic names or a bunch of scholarly perspectives. But when all is said and done what counts is not perspectives but wisdom and revelation with an outflow of spirit and life.
You have an identity in Jesus that is more than enough. With Him as your life; with your identity found in Him; with neither a righteousness or an identity of your own, you will be a limitless well of living water. Living words and living actions will flow from your being because Christ is your life and He will make you a co-creator of life unto to life because in Him you will live as a life-giving spirit.
‘So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit’ 1 Cor 15.45 NIV.