Father is about to begin a new season of grace and mercy. Doors will begin to close on ministries that do not operate in Fathers new covenant provisions. Which means that those not living in the Spirit will also wane and wither. Nothing will revive them. Except repentance. And walking through the door that opened following the cross.
Churches that are not an expression of Jesus will shrivel to nothing, because nothing is what they are. Spirit is the essence of new covenant living because spirit is the means by which Jesus is our life. To live in spirit and in truth is to live in Jesus. This is so individually and as the church.
‘The Lord has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts--so that their eyes cannot see, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and have me heal them’ John 12.40 NLT.
Life in the Spirit is much more than assorted Bible studies and random acts of mission work. It is much more than earnest Biblically sourced homilies. Life in the Spirit has nothing to do with avoiding evil and doing good. It is life itself. It has a life, a purpose and a force that comes from the throne of the Father. The new covenant is Jesus - His blood, His body, His life and more. It is Father, Son and Holy Spirit in you, which means that it is heaven in you. Unless we renounce religion we can expect the cancer of what American evangelicalism has produced to spread.
‘Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them’ John 14.23 NIV.
The genius of this plan is that Christ in you translates into heaven multiplied on earth through every Believer. In Christ the resources and possibilities in so called ordinary people are extraordinary.
CHRIST YOUR LIFE
Jesus announced the new covenant before His death. ‘This is my body broken for you. These tokens represent the new covenant of my life in you and as you. As this bread and wine transfuses your being and becomes your person, so I by the Spirit become you.’ This is the mystery and reality of the incarnation.
All that is genuine regarding our identity, security and well-being is found in Jesus. Don't minimize yourself and others by attempting a minimalist approach to the hegemony of Jesus. Don't’ attempt to add Him to your old covenant baggage. He Himself is your life. It's all or nothing. It’s not a side of flesh and a dob of the Spirit. Jesus really is all and in all.
‘For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him’ Col 1.16 NIV.
The Lord’s Table is about the cross and the resurrection. By the Spirit the old life dies and new persons and a new society is born. Christ in society is the Kingdom of God which is itself the new creation. Transformation takes place when we live out of Jesus. Nothing more and nothing less. When people stop attempting to manufacture well-being out of wealth, politics and religion and start eating Jesus, the new Jerusalem will start to manifest on earth. The best is to come and will soon be here. ____ What the cross means for you and for us all.