Knowing God is what Jesus urged us to do. ‘Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent’ John 17.3. Eternal life always means infinite life – the kind of life that is unlimited in comparison to the limited life that is the plague of the knowledge of good and evil and the law.
In ‘gospels of knowledge’ we are separated from God in a pre-cross mindset. In the Gospel of Jesus, John and Paul we are one Spirit with God. We are one with Him as sons and daughters and one in being with Father, Son and Holy Spirit. What is the difference between the two for ministry? In one we deliver information. In the other we speak words of spirit and life.
‘But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him’ 1 Cor 6.17 NLT. Not so if we are joined to the law.
MORE THAN COOL
Being cool and relevant to the youth is ok as far as it goes - but as a channel of spirit and life is does not cut it, when we are living old covenant separated lives. In the old covenant we and Father are not one. In the new covenant we are. You make your own reality. Satan knows this and trades on it as the Father of Lies.
Jesus spoke words of spirit and life because He and Father were one. Jesus in His ministry was life. This same Jesus lives in you today. By embracing Him rather than the many variations of religion as our life we can be alive in the sense that the trinity is alive and alive in same manner as Jesus. Living in the incarnation rather than in the discarded husk of the law and religion we ourselves are this life. You, as with Jesus, become a living word of truth.
GRACE AND TRUTH
You can do better in spirit and truth than you can in sincerity and misguided ideas. There’s a difference between you as a figment of the letter (that kills) and you are as a living word of spirit and life.
“Revelation means nothing less than the unveiling of God Himself—not merely truths about God—and thus revelation means a living encounter that presses for fulfillment in response and in knowing and fellowship, in embodiment. The living Word of God finds its true fulfillment not only in clothing itself in human words and thoughts, but in translating itself into flesh and blood existence.” (1)
‘Embodiment’ is the core of Kingdom living. Christ has come in your flesh. You are incarnated with the trinity. This is the soil of the anointing and the gifts. These are not independent. They are a function of your new covenant union with God. Without this rootedness in the reality of God’s achievement for us we are green shoots of wheat withering in a saucer of water and cotton wool.
(1) Kruger, C. Baxter. Jesus and the Undoing of Adam . Perichoresis Press. Kindle Edition.