LIVING FROM HIS LIFE
Joe operated for a time in the gifts of the Spirit. Yet he eventually descended into a morose state of being succumbing to his personal wounds and suffering from emotional disease. Jesus used George to heal the blind and the deaf. Yet George remained spiritually blind and the spirit of discernment was far from him. Both had never made the transition from ‘the law my Christ’ to Christ my life. The healing of our relationship with God and with ourselves has already happened in Jesus. The receiving of this healing depends on our living in Him. He is our life in every way.
It’s possible to heal people physically and operate in the gifts of the Spirit – yet remain unhealed in spirit and soul. Spiritual gifts and miracles are not the essence of the gospel of the Kingdom. They are the effect of our rootedness in Father. The core and foundation of the Kingdom is our union with God – a union achieved by God for His alienated sons – once separated sons who have now become sons in spirit and truth.
THE ULTIMATE HEALING
We can be sons in theory or sons in spirit and in truth. In theory with old covenant, separated Adam. In truth with Jesus where we and our Father are one. The healing of ourselves and the earth comes not from the anointing and the gifts. These are a sign of a greater healing. The anointing and healing come from our union with God. What we are depends on our mindset – what we believe. Because what we believe determines the reality in which we live. Make sure your reality is Christ’s reality and your mind the mind of Jesus.
‘In our new covenant life – separated from the culture of death and the dead body of Adam - we are in God and He is in us. The essence of this union is captured in this scripture: ‘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 NIV.
WELLNESS AND LIFE
The good news of Christ’s healing power active in us is a must for our witness today. But on its own it is not the gospel of the Kingdom. This is why healings can happen in some sections of the Body, yet there is not real advance of the new creation Kingdom of God – just paralysis. John 14.20 is the powerhouse of the Kingdom of God. The day we realise this will be the day of the Lord.
‘These things are being taken figuratively: The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children’ Gal 4.24,25 NIV.
Union with God is our inheritance as sons of the Free Woman. When we see our inheritance as it is, we can see why any law-based gospel is a niggardly and preposterous perversion of Christ’s Gospel of the Kingdom. The mystery of God’s plan, revealed as Christ in us is remarkable, radical and all encompassing. More than that it is not an abstraction. IT IS PERSONAL. There are no missing links here. Every gap, any jot and tittle of separation has been annulled and we are one with God in Christ – forever.
Christian Kettler writes,
‘The vicarious humanity of Christ speaks of the wholeness, the beauty of the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. This harmony is initiated by God’s solidarity with humanity in the incarnation. Again, the downward movement of solidarity, from God to humanity comes first, succeeded by the upward movement from humanity to God in Christ’s vicarious faith and obedience to the Father on our behalf. In this act he becomes our substitute, not only in paying the penalty for sin, but also in the entirety of our humanity.
Fundamentalisms separate us from God. Religiosity insulates us from God. These subterfuges smother our humanity because they make a lesser Christ and a smaller us. The letter really does kill. But the Spirit brings an abundance of life.
Kettler, Christian D.. The Breadth and Depth of the Atonement: The Vicarious Humanity of Christ in the Church, the World, and the Self: Essays, 1990–2015 (p. 38). Pickwick Publications, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Kindle Edition.