God as God is perfect. God is all that is wonderful and alive. Anything that makes the heart sing and the spirit jubilant has its origins in God. It’s a spark of God incarnated in the people that did what they did in celebrating life.
‘For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart’ Heb 4.12 NIV. We are not talking ‘words’ here. We are talking the logos word of John 1.1-5.
It’s customary to talk of the Bible as the word of God – which it is. This word is the manifestation of thoughts and acts of prophets and holy men and women who represented God in their lives. This literary word is however subject to the Living Word. It is the Spirit of Christ among us who renders the authentic and accurate meaning of the scriptures. Thus we are urged to rightly interpret the word of truth and not present ideas of our own that result from a distorted lens.
The superlative Word is a person: The Christ of God. As a person He is the Son of God and Revealer of our Father. As a person He is the Exemplar and Revealer of you and I. To see Jesus is to see God and it is to see you and us as we are becoming. Jesus Christ is the definitive word of who God is and who you are.
‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men’ John 1.1-4 NIV.
It follows that we are authentic as ourselves and that we are alive and alight in fullness when Jesus is our life. With His Spirit incarnated in our being the living Word manifests in our being so that we become the expression of His person and of the trinity. In this sense we too are ‘Living Words’ as daughters and sons of the kind Paul describes as a letter from God.
WHAT KIND OF LETTER?
‘Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you. This “letter” is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts’ 2 Cor 3, 3 NIV.
Here is a scripture that is aligned with life in the Spirit. It exemplifies it, explains it and distinguishes the incarnated life from the externalities of words written on stone.
Words written on stone are not the living word. Neither are they the words for the post cross age.
Religious people live from the law. Spiritual people live in the Spirit and because they do the person of Jesus is expressed as them. This is spirituality. Nothing airy-fairy, but practical in that Jesus manifests His grace and nature through our everyday living.
SPIRIT AND LIFE
We can give a reasonable talk as ministers of the old covenant. But there is always something missing. When our mindsets separate us from God our self is separated from God. We are also separated from ourselves and at best are only partial sons - sons notionally but not in spirit and in truth. Real life is not alignment with the law. Life is union with Life Himself. Birthed from the law we can produce information, humour and Biblical correctness. What we cannot produce is spirit and life. When Christ – and not some abstraction is our life – we are rivers of spirit and life without effort.
As earnest as we may be, we can be dead people talking. Worse still as exponents of the law we remain dead people walking. No one tied to the law is ever fully alive in their being as earnest and sincere as they may be. Only living people can minister Kingdom life because having embraced their new covenant inheritance that are the embodiment of spirit and life.
NOT STAGNATION BUT GENUINE GROWTH
When Christ is our life, which is to say, when we are sons in spirit and in truth, we are alive and we live in the Spirit of Revelation. As sons/daughters of God we are sons by relationship and sons by redemption and the infilling of Holy Spirit. In this kind of union which is the inheritance of all - and not something belonging to some kind of spiritual super-hero, we become privy to clarity of thought and the owners of right doctrine and increasing revelation concerning the goodness of God and the glory of ourselves. Glory in this sense is not an ego trip but a progressing growing in Christ into who you really are. On revelation Baxter Kruger writes,
“Revelation means nothing less than the unveiling of God Himself—not merely truths about God—and thus revelation means a living encounter that presses for fulfillment in response and in knowing and fellowship, in embodiment. The living Word of God finds its true fulfillment not only in clothing itself in human words and thoughts, but in translating itself into flesh and blood existence.” (1)
One of His revelations is the translating of Himself into you. By His Spirit in you, you become a manifestation of Jesus.
(1) Kruger, C. Baxter. Jesus and the Undoing of Adam. Perichoresis Press. Kindle Edition.