‘I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist’ 2 John 1.7 NIV.
‘Christ come in the flesh is the incarnation – the foundation of the Kingdom of God. The glory of the incarnation is that Christ becomes you. Firstly the son of God came as a man to be with us, show us the way and be the way. Secondly Christ lives in us by the Spirit and becomes us. The marvel of the incarnation is that God is expressed as you. “Glory’ is not some charismatic magic. Glory is you as the expression of God so that you are fruitful in your life as your real self. This is the glory of Father and sons in the spirit of sonship.
In Christ you have oneness with God.
‘Each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames’ 1 Cor 3.11-15 NIV. Here Paul is speaking of additions and alterations; of amendments and revisions to the foundation – which is Christ come in our flesh: The manifestation of the fullness of God in His people.
The core of Christianity it that it is not religious. Not only is Christianity a person. It is a kingdom instead of a religion because Christ is for you and Christ becomes you. Christ manifest as the church is the Real Body of Christ. Christ as religion, institutionalism and a belief system is a poor relation. This is life in the Spirit.
Life in the Spirit is not the gifts bolted onto the law and the old covenant. Life in the Spirit is you as a Christ person and never as an Adam person.
NEW WINE IS NOT OLD WINE
Life in the Spirit is not Holy Spirit oil rubbed into the old covenant. Life in the Spirit is not a clever method of doing the law or a ‘Jesus method’ of measuring up to a set of ‘god criteria.’ Life in the Spirit is the trinity expressed as you and as us all.
The foundation of the Kingdom of God is that by the Spirit Christ’s life becomes your life. This is the meaning of the Lord’s Table and the living out of Christ’s command. “Those who eat me will live because of me.” How do we eat God? We make Him the Source of all we are.
Jesus is the who of us. Eating Jesus means agreeing that He is the who of us. He is our life.
NO MAGICAL RITES
Not only is salvation not found in any other name. Transforming life is found in no other thing, no other place and no other observance. Godliness is found in the Son of God – the Son of Man who lives in you and imparts Himself to you.
Just so we know – wearing a hijab or going on a pilgrimage does not make one holy and neither does the ‘keeping’ of ‘holy times and holy places.’ Sabbath-keeping makes no one a better person. The sacralising of any element of the law illustrates to all that we have missed entirely what God has given us through the cross. OUR INHERITANCE is Christ’s life as our life in every possible way. Jesus becoming us makes us better people.
We are urged to be holy as God is holy. There’s no way this can be accomplished by trying hard. But it is our reality when we live from the fact that Jesus is our life.
‘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.
“The gospel is the declaration of both God’s free grace and humanity’s free gratitude, according to Karl Barth. But our attempt at gratitude, even in our religions, has been judged wanting. We need someone to be “the perfect Eucharistic Being.” (1) What does that mean? It’s referring to the vicarious humanity of Jesus – in other words Jesus in every way as you; Jesus in every way as us.
(1) 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. 30). Pickwick Publications, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Kindle Edition.