BEYOND LAST YEARS LANGUAGE
I came across these words, recently and grasped them to my heart because to me they mean the difference between being fully alive and existing in the kind of ‘coma’ that many call “Christianity’ or their ‘belief system’. Too few realise that we have a treasure of spirit and life that shades any institutional form of religion. We can live from Christian Religion with a life. of sorts but we can live Christ our life and be alive with spirit and life.
There’s a big difference in coming to the end of your life as ‘a Christian’ and coming to the end of your life as a companion of Jesus and as a person who has enjoyed the fellowship of the persons of the trinity as the normal and ‘living way.’ Some people do have more of God as Watchman Nee explains in The Normal Christian Life. But they do not have it because they are more clever or more worthy than others. They have it because they are not passive. They have had the passion to push through religion to union with God and as a result have moved beyond the fabric of respectable mediocrity. We can have an adequate life plodding around our traditional mulberry bush, but we can have unlimited spirit and life by eating Jesus.
‘Jesus said to them, "Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you’ John 6.53 NIV.
Godliness is less information and more a state of being: Which is to say being a son/daughter of God.
Eating Jesus is not a ‘work’. It’s a rest and agreement that God is for us, that Jesus is in us and that we and Father are one. Live in this and you will never live on a religious treadmill.
In saying this I am aware that there are some who take offence when the thought is offered that there is more spirit and life available to them than what they have accommodated themselves too. Some people do have more of God than others – but only because they want Him more and are willing to make a sacrifice to get it. What is the sacrifice? Being willing to be a follower of Jesus rather than a follower of man and rationalising the latter as ‘obedience.’
The reason for the advertising of the ‘greater life’ is the same reason that Jesus came into the world: To offer life to the full. Genuine disciples do the same. They are not here to boast but to advertise the good news that life without limit is for all – and particularly is this so for those who have settled for a limited life and passively made ba virtue out of some miserly version of Christianity.
LAST YEAR’S LANGUAGE
So these are the words uttered by two Christians as their way of life. “They embraced the adamant rejection of “last year’s language” (any kind of comfortable habit, clinging, or stopping at a lesser goal).
‘Last year’s language’ was abandoned when Jesus cried, ‘It is finished!’ By His cross He had brought the age of separated Adam to an end and initiated the next age that we know as the new testament – the age that we know as our new covenant union with God.
Last year’s language is religion. Your ‘now language’ is Christ as you.
CALLING IT OUT
Last year’s language is the language of the law and the old covenant. God’s now language in play since the cross and Pentecost is the incarnation – God’s life as our life and fellowship with God. This is the same kind and quality of companionship that prompted Jesus to declare that “He and the Father are one.”
This is a fact of your life and the life of the church if you believe it and if you want it. We can choose to be a Christian clone or a son/daughter of God in spirit and in truth.
The infinite life of Christ in us means that this year’s language is the ever unfolding revelation of the ways that God is for us in Christ and the ways that we are sons and daughters of God next year’s language. This is our practical, everyday fellowship with the trinity. The life of God and the glory of you has nothing to do with the law and everything to do with the fact that in Christ God has become you. By which we mean, we have become sons of God in spirit and in truth because God has already made it so. Last year’s language is you in Adam. The adventure of future life is Christ as you.