You can live in the Spirit if you live in the new covenant. If we have not adopted the new covenant mindset we are not in step with the Spirit, let alone in the Spirit. This is so even if we are conversant with spiritual gifts and the Spirit filled life. ‘In the Spirit’ is a function of lived union with God. Being Spirit filled is the effect of this life. As Jesus and Father were one and Jesus had the Spirit without limit, so we enjoy a non-fading life in the Spirit without limit when we are flourishing in our new covenant inheritance of union with the trinity. This union is your inheritance. But it’s your possession when you believe it. This is ‘the power of right believing’ - being aligned with who God is, what He has done and who you are as a result.
‘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 the new covenant state of being. It is life in the Spirit and the foundation of spiritual gifts. We need to realize this and live in it. Dot leave this talent in the ground. It’s the soil of the Spirit-filled life.
Obedience is a factor in living in the fullness of God. When the Spirit comes she has to have a landing place, a place in which to be rooted in the accomplishments of God for us. This place is our oneness with God, agreed to by us and wrought by Christ as our life. I have seen it more than once. Holy Spirit comes. But there is no soil in which to root. Because Believers are captured in an old covenant mindset. Holy then Spirit fades, withdraws and people are left agog, wondering what became of what looked so full of promise. Holy Spirit expects Believers to abandon other gospels and distorted gospels in the light of her revelation. Her prime objective is to reveal Christ, who we are in Him and to place before us the inheritance that is ours in union with God. Holy Spirit is stifled when we insist on retaining ourselves in a law-bound, old covenant mindset.
We need to keep in step with the Spirit to avail ourselves of the fullness of our inheritance, if we are not to be left ‘idly gazing’ into heaven. ‘Doing what Jesus is doing now’ depends on our being aligned with what He already accomplished for us in our new covenant relationship. We call this walking in the light. The ply of the Enemy is to present false facts in a bid to get us walking in a fog - in an inferior and less powerful reality. He’s happy to have Believers laboring as diligent workers when in reality they are sons of God.
Living the Christian life in the old covenant is like being offered union with God but choosing to live in separation. It’s like a couple who get married but never consummate the marriage. Attempting the Kingdom without being Spirit-filled is like a pile of wood in the fire place that never gets lit. New covenant and spirit-filled go together. New covenant is the ground from which life in the Spirit grows. But new covenant is not a new form of the letter. It’s union with God.
To live in the Spirit we must live in the new covenant. This is a life lived from the person of Jesus, never from law, religion or institutionalism. We can talk ‘Spirit-filled’ till we fall in a heap, but we must live in the Spirit. This is more than a platitude or a charismatic life-style and culture. In the Spirit means in the Spirit of Christ. It means Christ is our life, not as diligent adherents of Christianity but as a unique expression of Him. Because of Christ God is our life and we are in God’s life. God by the Spirit is manifest as you. This is an intimate fellowship of interwoveness and joy. It’s as different from religion as a water melon is from an angel.
WILL YOU REALISE?
‘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 an excellent scripture for expressing the essence of new covenant union with God. It is a totally holistic reality in which God infuses our life with Himself and we express Him as sons - Sons who are who we are in spirit and in truth.
Paul calls this Christ our life. It is more important to be an expression of our Father as son than to speak a of word of knowledge or heal a sick person. Unless we live in the spirit of Sonship we are not fully alive, we are crippled in being and inadvertently find ourselves perpetuating iniquity - not as immorality but as the non-life of the old covenant.
To say that Jesus is Lord is to say that Jesus is our life and more. It is to live His person through every part of our being. But not by strenuous effort. But by rest. Because Christ has come in our flesh. Dr Stephen Crosby accurately expresses the meaning and implication of the words ‘Jesus is Lord.’
“Only those who have the the Spirit" - the spirit of the resurrected God-Man in glory indwelling them and in union with their spirit-can make this declaration: Jesus is Lord. There can be little doubt that this simple three word phrase became the earliest delineating Christian confession. More than any other title, kyrios was the term the early church used to describe Jesus of Nazareth. It defined the relationship between Jesus and those who believed in Him as Christ.”
Here we are speaking of incarnation where the light and life of God is expressed in our being. Expressed through our personhood so that we as sons are the manifest presence of our Father in the world. Here Jesus is Lord because we have embraced Him as He is - the one who is with us and in us. He is not a footnote, not an addition to our week. He is our life.
‘For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory’ Col 3.3,4 NIV.
The tragedy for some Believers is that they talk Holy Spirit but do not live in the Spirit. Sure, they think they do but they are bound in old covenant law and separation. Be assured, the Kingdom of God will not grow out of the law or any attachment to the law.
We participate in His glory when joined to the radical departure from religion that He instituted as Himself. Because Christ lives within, the trinity lives within and is alive in us as we participate in the glory of their fellowship, their heaven and the upwelling of their infinite life. Christ in us is our present and future glory.
‘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.
Hidden in Christ we are revealed as our true selves. Glory is ours because who we are not shrouded by rules, suffocated by religion or smothered in someone else. Who we are in Jesus is quite a different person to who we are in Moses and Adam. We cannot experience Jesus as Lord under the law. We cannot be our real selves in an old covenant mind-set. Neither can we minister the Kingdom of God. Freshness, sharpness, discernment and vision are qualities that are ours in our new covenant Jesus. Never in a jesus who has been subverted to support old covenant culture. Religion is the dullness of anti-christ. But Jesus Christ God’s Son is Himself and He lives in you.
‘He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant--not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life’ 2 Cor 3.6 NIV.