BLESSED ARE THE LISTENERS, FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD
The kingdom of God is within us. This is where it begins, where it lodges and where it remains as the core of who we are and what we do. Our doings are the fruit of our being which is to say that what is in our heart is who we are, what we are and what we do.
HUMILITY GROWS YOU
“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land’ 2 Chron 7.14 NLT.
People stop growing because they have stopped listening.
We may not wicked if we do not live in our inheritance – just mis-informed, stubborn or looking for an identity in the wrong place and as a result reaping the results of trusting in those who seeded lies into our hearts. It’s difficult to perceive the truth when the lens is you and it is a distorted lens.
The insidious nature of lies comes from the fact that they distort who God is, who we are who we can become and how we can participate in the recreation of the earth. The result of a stifled inheritance is a shrivelled soul, a crippled spirit and a mis-aligned mind quite out of sync with the mind of Christ. The result: ‘The slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman's son.’
LESSER GOD, LESSER GOSPEL, LESSER YOU
We are the light of the world. Whether our life is one candle power or incandescent depends on our union with God in spirit and in truth. An attachment to a lesser atonement or an incomplete atonement is an attachment to one of the many forms of death. It stifles healing, blinds eyes, blocks ears and defines us as an impediment to the fullness of the Kingdom even in the midst of our good works. The fall of Adam and the human race was less than the eating from the tree and more the dislocation and separation of the heart as a result of believing a lie. Don’t be among those who are notionally of the Body of Christ but separated from the Body because their hearts are ‘comforted’ by darkness.
Christian Kettler expresses the advantage of truth in the core of our being.
“You are the light of the world . . . “ (Matt 5:14). But does not Jesus’ teaching on inwardness call us to regard the beginning of the atoning act of Christ as a radical surgery on what is within the individual, and only subsequently with implications for the external and social life? In fact a biblical paradigm seems to be repeated through Scripture that emphasizes the act of God beginning from an individual for the sake of the larger community (or from the particular to the universal). Abraham is chosen by Yahweh so “by you all the families of the earth shall bless themselves” (Gen 12:3). The Servant in Isaiah is given as “a covenant to the people, a light to the nations” (Isa 42:6).
And, of course, Jesus creates a community, the twelve, then the church, to “make disciples of all nations” (Matt 28:19). The larger community is not to be ignored, but the ontological nature of salvation begins with the particular, leading to the universal.” (1)
CHRIST’S CHRIST OR FALSE CHRIST
Who we are in our inner being depends on who we believe we are. The Christ of God is a yeast who transforms the lump of dough from a son in name to a son in spirit and in truth.
A distorted christ and along with it, a misleading gospel is a malevolent yeast that inhibits our own sonship and the sonship of those to whom we minister. As sons of the slave woman we will walk in the flesh while in the hallucination that we live in the Spirit. No one attached to the law lives in the Spirit. Yet all who agree with Father than Christ is our life are sons in spirit and in truth and are agents of the Kingdom of God.
(1) Kettler, Christian D.. The Breadth and Depth of the Atonement: The Vicarious Humanity of Christ in the Church, the World, and the Self: Essays, 1990–2015 (p. 10). Pickwick Publications, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Kindle Edition.