In Him is life and that life is the life of all. What part of this do we not understand? The Kingdom Jesus began is not primarily a moral culture. It is firstly a culture of life - His life as ours. To concentrate on morality and engage in a moral crusade is to miss entirely what Jesus has established. Jesus began the multiplication of Himself in you and in us all. Jesus is not there to be copied. He is your life and dwells in you by the Spirit.
A moral crusade is the way of religion but not the new and living way that is Jesus. Jesus presented Himself as the way, the truth and the life in every respect. He is ‘the life’ for individuals and for society. For you, society and the earth He is the new creation waiting to be realised in you.
Father’s command is that we believe His Son. Jesus’ testimony is that He Himself is our life.
The apostle John wrote, ‘IN HIM IS LIFE THAT THAT LIFE IS THE LIFE OF ALL HUMANITY.’ This is the key to the transformation of you and the rejuvenation of the earth.
In this sense Jesus is both the Kingdom and the new creation. Live from a moral crusade and we will be living from ‘Christianity.’ But not from the Kingdom of God. Let’s be clear. Any moral culture that is not a function of the person of Jesus and that does not grow out of His person is a counterfeit and a lie. It’s a perpetuation of the domain of the knowledge of good and evil. As such it a false kingdom and an ersatz godliness. ‘Christianity’ is not our life. Christ is our life. Christianity as an ideology and belief system is a false christ.
‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may havee life, and have it to the full’ John 10.10 NIV.
The Savior of the world is Jesus and His inclusive and transforming life. He becomes you. He becomes society. That’s the plan.
Jesus’ Kingdom is not a political culture nor is it a religious crusade against immorality. American Evangelicals both for and against President Trump do not understand this, it seems. Evangelical support for Mr. Trump – allying itself with evil in order that good may come is bereft of spirituality. Along with his incompetence and poor character it is an affront even to secular reason.
The stance of Christians who think like this robs the church of credibility and declares it a dunce. The Unites States has become a puzzle and a laughing stock in the world, thanks to the influence of certain Christians. We would do well to ignore any prophetic word coming from such sources and recognize it for what it is – a lack of spiritual discernment and a perversion of the Kingdom Jesus began.
Jesus described the Kingdom as a seed and a yeast. It starts small yet it fills the entire earth. The Kingdom is both infinite and eternal being Spirit and it flows from God. Jesus healed, multiplied life and undid death. Yet He did not come in the institutional garb of the day and nor did he bow to its expectations.
Despite this Jesus was a rock that came out of heaven; a rock that demolishes the statues of man and the Rock that fills the entire earth with His glory. Jesus is the Rock that joins us to the parent Rock – the Rock from which we were hewn. This image connotes massive strength and life. Life particularly when we link it with the reality of living stones – those who are alive in Jesus. This image suggests that there can be dead masonry as well as dwellings that pulse with the life of God.
LIFE IS THE STUFF OF THE NEW CREATION.
Indeed, there are buildings that are alive and buildings that are shells; shells that suggest purpose and energy but are empty and pretentious. Life or death applies to the smallest of groupings as well as to the massive. What counts is not the formation or shape; not whether it is in a house or a hall but whether it is in Christ and whether it is the manifestation of His life. Is the edifice the living expression of Jesus and a conduit of the life of the Father or is it a structure of verbiage and fashionable mechanics? Sharing what she saw in a vision Anna Rountree writes,
‘The inch worm remarked "I have seen that the children of God often disparage size and the lack of iconic mission descriptions." The inch worm also observed that people would listen to it more if it were a lion and not an inch worm. Cute but true. The inch worm’s message is homely and direct. The life of God has nothing to with the size of the splash that is made in the Christian duck pond. Nor must it be associated with iconic endeavors, that over used word that attaches itself to clichéd organization, the brilliance of the flesh and mechanical networks of hay and straw. The life of God comes from the Father and those who are one with Him in Jesus.
There is a glory that belongs to man; a glory that enlarges Him. It ignites him as a son because it comes from the Father. Genuine life-giving ministry comes from union with God; from being loved by the Father and sharing this love. We are joined by love to our origins to become who we are. Jesus says,
“I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me’ John 17.22-23 NLT. html