gospel is not Jesus, all we have is ourselves and our ideas of separation with which to construct
Where does our life come from. It comes from our union with God. This is how we have been made alive.
‘For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive’ 1 Cor 15.21,22 NIV.
If we are in the law we are not in Christ. If even a finger tip of our being lives from the law none of us lives in Christ. One of the saddest examples of a Christian is a dead person who thinks they are alive. One of the most tragic forms of ministry is words of torpor spoken as if they are life.
‘No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other’ Luke 16.13 NIV.
While any denomination may serve as an on-ramp to the Kingdom only those for whom Jesus is life can multiply its love, authority and power. Why? Because THE KINGDOM IS A HIM. Only those who live in Jesus can multiply Jesus. When Christ is our life, then we will manifest His glory.
There are many forms of life. One form is to be sons and daughters of God, made in Father’s image and brothers and sisters of God’s Son. The other form is to be a son of the law and multiply the letter. The extent to which Jesus and not some other ‘thing’ is our life is the extent to which we are sons and not some lesser life form. Is your identity in Jesus or in some other thing that makes you less than you are? What would you rather be – a pumpkin or a priestly king; a person in whom the son of God lives.
Let's be clear. If you have made a life from ‘your things’ you wont have a life. Ask yourself this. What is your form - a functionary of religion or a life-giving spirit who ignites blind people and prisoners with the Spirit of Sonship?
‘I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings’ Phil 3.8-10 NIV.