REAL PURPOSE. REAL LEADERSHIP. REAL DIRECTION
It’s amazing that there exists such craven dependency on the Christian Industry and with it an addiction to humbug. By the latter I mean motions and usages that have no real effect on our spirituality and sonship and which actually insulate us from God by their very pointlessness.
What is true is that we need a real connection to the genuine Christ and to people in whom Christ lives, in order to be alive as a person and healthy as communities of Christ.
In the Christian Age Christ is His own sacrament, God is His own mediator and your life is the sacrament of Christ in you.
Religion will argue that its icons and behaviors are necessary and beneficial. It has to because it has nothing else. And Religion is of such low spiritual discernment that like a Pavlov dog, it salivates when there is nothing there.
This post is not about the configuration that we call ‘church.’ It’s not about venues and it is about Christ in us and us in Christ. But unless He is our life in contrast to christianity as our life, we may not - until we find ourselves suffering from spiritual malnutrition – be aware that much of the clobber we have accumulated about our souls is just ‘stuff’ and not Jesus the Person.
SPIRIT OF LIFE
God is not restricted to ‘holy times’ or churches and He is in you. This is the incarnation which is the hyper reality of the Kingdom age. But understand this: The anointing and the gifts will not get you far when you are still labouring in the quagmire of the law and the old covenant.
Just as Jesus started us all off again, so many of us must start again, leaving behind deadening ideas to which we are addicted. Jesus the Person is our Life and the new and living way because He is the NEW AND LIVING WAY.
‘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.
NOT SOMEWHERE ELSE
Everyone can have Him. He is already in us and with us. But he must be acknowledged as Lord rather than someone at the periphery of our vision or our week.
We begin to do the best in our adventure with God when we come to the place where we realise that we have spent much of our life married to religion when we could have been a new Eve married to Jesus our groom. We begin to do even better when we enter the revelation that there are two covenants – an old one of separation in which all who live in religion live – and a new one of union with God in which the Spirit of the trinity is so real in us that we as sons/daughter are a manifestation of their persons. This realisation is the difference between living in abstractions and the reality that is Christ.
‘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.
“From the very beginning, the Father decided that Jesus would be our head and representative and substitute, so much so that what would become of Him would become of us. He planned that Jesus would be the one in whom we would be radically and decisively cleansed and made right for Himself. He planned that Jesus would be the one in whom our wrongness would be undone.
He planned that Jesus would be the one in whom we would be taken down and lifted up, emptied and filled with all the treasures of heaven, crucified and exalted into the circle of the Father’s fellowship. From all eternity, the Father planned that in Jesus Christ we would be crucified, dead, and buried, and made alive again in at-oneness with the Father.” (1)
We grow rapidly out of slavery into sonship, when we follow Jesus out of law-mongering religion couched in the stale version of the knowledge of good and evil – when we follow Jesus out of the grave into His infinite life of fellowship with God and the vibrancy of spirit and life.
(1) Kruger, C. Baxter. God Is For Us. ( loc 219) Kindle Edition.