‘The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirit and life’ John 6.63 NIV. Once we have agreed that we have been drawn into Jesus we are personally spirit and life.
It’s true that ‘The dead know not anything’ for the spiritually dead do not know they are not alive. We are alive when Jesus is us. He is us when we believe He is and step in to Him. We have stepped into Him and He is our life when we choose to live in the realisation that ‘I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NIV.
‘And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself’ John 12.32 NIV.
It is Jesus who attracts people. He attracts because He is who God is and because He is grace and life. Jesus is always different from religion meaning that He is always relevant, free of humbug and totally separated from self-serving rationalisation.
In Jesus we will always get more than we could imagine. In ‘mistaken gospels’ and deviant revelations what is touted as an improvement produces cultures of cripples in the name of God. We are robbed.
HOW WE LIVE
Jesus declared, ‘Those who eat me will live because of Me.’ They will live in the fullness of themselves every day and grow in their spirit soul and body throughout their life. He also said ‘Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood, you have no life in you.’ Thus He taught the new covenant in which He Himself is the life of Bob and Mabel, the church and the Kingdom of God.
Where there is no incarnation there is no life and where there is no life there is but a husk of the new creation and the non-realisation of the Kingdom of God. Richard Rohr writes,
“We all want resurrection in some form. And I do believe “the raising up of Jesus” (which is tAhe correct theological way to say it because it was a relational meaning between Jesus and God, and not a self-generated “I can do this”) is still a potent, focused, and compelling statement about what God is still and forever doing with the universe and with humanity.” (1) He’s doing it with you and with all of us. The ‘blessed hope’ starts in this life and continues into the next.
(1) Rohr, Richard. Immortal Diamond: The search for our true self . SPCK. Kindle Edition.