Recently I received news of an excellent new book on the new covenant. I write about the new covenant a lot - because I believe most Believers do not live in it when they could - and because we need to. Because we can do marginal things as workers in the old and act with the life-give spirit of sons in the new.
The new covenant is the key to the kingdom of God realized through us. The new covenant is simply grace in action as Christ is our life. The new covenant is the incantation agreed with and embraced. The new covenant is the life in the Spirit and the soil of the gifts of the Spirit.
I’m talking about Jesus the Person as our life. Not only as our grace but as the expression of my our true selves as sons. In our new covenant roles we are the Kingdom of God. Retained in the old covenant we are not. We are merely captured in religion pumping out homilies to fill a religious space. All can be competent as Kingdom ministers. Competent by agreeing that Christ is our life and we are one with Father as Jesus is one with Father.
‘Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world’ 1 John 4.17 KJV. What does this mean. It means that in the new covenant we have the same relationship with Father and Holy Spirit that Jesus has.
BEGINNING AND THE END
All of us came forth from the Son. We all have been redeemed by the Son, liberated from death to be alive in the sense that heaven is alive. This life is expressed by the person of Jesus in us. How cool!
‘For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed--a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith’ Rom 1.17 NIV.
Just to be clear, we are not saved by our amount of faith, by the degree of our repentance or by our efforts in maintaining the salvation that is ours. We are more than saved. We have union with God because Christ is our life. Jesus is our union with God, our continuity with God and even our relationship with Himself. There is no link that us up to you. You are complete in Christ.
‘So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ’ Col 1.28 NLT.
‘For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God’ Col 3.3 NIV.
We are competent to minister the Kingdom as new covenant agents of our Father. The torpor and ineffectual witness of much of the church results from ignorance of the new covenant. The water of life that flows from some of His disciples flows because Jesus and not ‘his stuff’ is their life and because they live not from performance but as sons of our Father.
The light and life of the world is found in the simple fact of Jesus Christ manifest in you and through you. You are not God. But you are the next best thing. You are His daughter or His Son! This is a simple fact. It is the reality and not the shadow. No need for a new regime of effort and worksy discipline. Just agree and step into Him.