The times ahead will be difficult and challenging, even for those who have made Jesus their life. Yet they will also present opportunities for unparalleled harvest for the Kingdom of Christ. The Kingdom of God grows from those who have been re-born out of the old Adamic creation into the new creation that is Christ in us. Here people live from the reality that Jesus is not only the means to life. He is life itself. He is their life. He is not only the means to righteousness. He is your righteousness. Jesus is not only the way to the Father. He is your intimacy with the Father. This is but to say that Jesus is all and in all.
‘Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all’ Col 3.11 NIV.
SPIRIT AND LIFE IS GOD IN YOU
Life is not found in the law. Neither is it found in religion. You can do better than live in a system and culture of religion straining towards good morality and right doctrine. You can be a person who is the life of Jesus from first to last. This is the incarnation: Christ come in our flesh. Francois Du Toit writes, “In the incarnation God deleted every definition of distance; every possible excuse man could have to feel separated or even neglected by God was removed in one day, though one sacrifice, once and for all.”
Christ our life as announced by Paul is far above any pedestrian and mundane religious existence. This is not only you with Jesus. It is the Spirit of Jesus manifesting through your being.
In this age your life in the body is the result of your life in the Spirit. Never settle for anything less. It is critical right now to invite Jesus to be our life; to discipline ourselves to live from Jesus as our life and rest in the reality of His person manifesting as each and all of us. This is the church Jesus builds and the Kingdom of God’s Son.
Jesus is our life or He is not. There is no middle ground. Our identity is entirely in Him or we have an identity of our own. Christ is your life or He is not. A denominationally constructed identity eliminates your identity in Christ. Sure, we can exist from this kind of identity. Many live from – an identity made from their church and denomination. This can give the identity known as ‘Christian.’ But the question is, how much of this is culture and now much of this is the person of Jesus as you and as His people? Again, Christ is either our life or He is not.
You cannot serve two masters. None can afford to be weakened by religion in the coming times. You will need your entire inheritance in Christ. You cannot afford to be weakened by ‘other gospels,’ false doctrine or sectarian beliefs that diminish the fullness of Jesus, weaken the power of His cross or neutralize the entire intent of the new covenant. Don’t be hollowed out by a spiritless religion addicted to rationalism, materialism and the head.
Bob Jones wrote,
“There are definitely darker times approaching, which are our opportunities to shine brighter. We as the Body of Christ need to prepare, like the five wise virgins, for what is coming in the future by knowing God deeper now. There are, however, some hindrances to us achieving that goal. One of these hindrances is found in 2 Corinthians 10:5. “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” NASB
“For we who are going deeper into the knowledge of God, these lofty things are like balloons tied to our waists. They allow us some movement to a certain depth. When we reach that certain depth though, the resistance begins. Thoughts begin to enter our minds saying "God isn't in that", "God doesn't do that" and things of that nature. Pride begins to argue against what God is doing and makes the believer buoyant against the depths that they need to know Him. Arguing against what God is doing effectively keeps us out of where He is calling us.” Containing ourselves within beliefs God never promoted leaves us tares rather than wheat. Live in who you are as the sons of God in Christ's gospel of the Kingdom.