Father has already given you eternal life. But there is more in store than a place in heaven. Heaven is more than the ultimate entitlement trip for the Entitled. Heaven might be seen as a state of being; a state of being in Christ and having Jesus, Father and the Holy Spirit live in you and surround you in a bubble of grace. Except this bubble is more than something poetic. It's the realm of heaven that surrounds you in the Spirit. Did you know that the realm of the Spirit is that which the Father inhabits and the means by which Jesus lives in you?
'You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ'Romans 8.9 NIV.
LIFE IN THE SPIRIT
In Galatians Paul teaches that we cannot remain attached to the law and be in the Spirit. Should we remain hooked to the law, we separate ourselves from life in the Spirit and the reality of sonship. These gifts remain ours but we have not possessed them in spirit and in truth. It's important to live in the Spirit because only the Spirit is life. Spirit gave birth to matter, to the earth and to all life. We are talking about God and the Spirit of Christ who is all and in all. Jesus is not only the new creation because He re-birthed the world in His Body. He is the new creation because He is the spirit of resurrection and new life. He is the law of the spirit of life.
‘For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death’ Rom 8.2 ESV.
The big deal of the post cross age is that Christ has come in our flesh. Through human beings God is incarnated in the world. Paradoxically, we must live in the spirit to flourish in the world.
HEAVEN IN YOU
We can't earn heaven and we cannot earn life. Both are a gift. Life is where heaven is and heaven has, so to speak, come to live in you. 'Going to heaven' will be an extension of the life you have today. This is why we live in the reality that is Christ who is our life. Be sure that Christ is your life. Not the law or its more amorphous manifestation, religion. Don’t be among those who imagine they live in the Spirit when they are confined in the illusions of the letter that desensitizes, blinds and kills.
‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14,20. This is incarnation. It is new covenant truth in which we participate in the being. If you have not seen this yet embrace it today.
As motivated as some are we cannot earn a place in God. We cannot earn God's love and we cannot earn heaven. These things were always ours, even after the fall, the fall which had been foreseen and planned for. They are twice ours. We were born to live from heaven into earth and we have been redeemed to live from heaven into earth. How? Christ is in us. This is Christ come in your flesh. Your spirit is in Christ in heaven and ignite with His authority and life on earth because Christ lives in us. They have made their home in and with us.
'To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory' Col 1.27 NIV.
'This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God' 1 John 4.2 NIV.
Sure, we have to reach out, receive and agree that Christ is our life but this life belongs to all - the rebel the cynic, the skeptic, the Muslim, the Jew and the nominal Christian. It is yours because it is ours. The world has been offered life in the Son of God. But you must agree that it is yours. Then rest in its truth.
SONS OF THE LAST ADAM
We are sons, the God-breathed progeny of heaven radiating His presence into earth. God in Adam is a picture of His Kingdom in the world. Just as Father breathed Himself into an Adam made from the earth so Father has re-breathed Himself into each individual in the person of His Son. In the beginning the Kingdom of Heaven was meant to flower as the Spirit of the Father manifested in the progeny of Adam.
Today because of the Second Adam alive in us we have a new creation; a new Kingdom of God's love and life expanding into the earth. In this sense the Kingdom of God is within the church - a manifestation of what the Lord builds but not man. But He builds it through man because the new creation that results originates in Christ who is our life.
Good health is a poor substitute for life in the Spirit of Sonship. Even the sick man has more of heaven's life than a healthy man on his treadmill of a performance. The resurrection life of Jesus living in you is there to multiply infinite, eternal, resurrection life to a dying world.
'And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you' Rom 8.11 NIV.