‘For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself’ John 5.26 NIV.
The powerful dynamic of the new testament era is life itself - life in the form of Jesus Christ in human beings and manifest through them. The ‘new’ of the new and living way and the ‘new’ of the new covenant is not the anointing, the gifts of the Spirit or a clever way to do the law. This new is life itself . The life of God incarnate in human beings. It is Christ come in our flesh as Peter states: This is the difference between the gospel of the kingdom and all warped, neutered and ‘other’ gospels inspired by doctrines of demons. The truth of this age is union with God. The heresies of this age are any and all attempts to diminish this union in slabs or in splinters.
In medieval art the saints were depicted with quaint halos. This gave them, to my mind, An unreal and unearthly look. The halos served as a sign of the anointing and the Spirit of Christ within. He lives in us today. We need not effect the guise of some other-worldly piety. We just need to be in the world and celebrate a life in which the Spirit of God is in us to ignite so called ordinary things with His Spirit and Life.
‘The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirit and life’ John 6.63 NIV.
The spirit and life of God is in us. God’s spirit has been woven into our being so that each of us in our unique way can be a channel of God’s presence and Spirit. Because we have become life itself we touch events and projects with the life of the trinity. The trinity is the life-hub of the universe. All gifts and anointing are the effects of Christ come in His people. It is Christ our life who is Spirit and truth in our being. Thus Jesus declared,
“Believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth’ John 4.20-24 NIV.
True worshipers are those who have taken up their union with God. As events at the well with Jesus and the woman show, we start living in spirit and truth as sons and daughters of God when we agree that Jesus is our life.
‘When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’ Col 3.4 NIV.
Christ as our life is profoundly simple and all encompassing. His life for us graces us entirely with His righteousness and forgiveness. His life as us is our glory in the moment and the season. His life in us liberates us from the drive to enliven ourselves and to look for life in objects and religiosities. When we believe we are already alive and already holy in Jesus. For example we celebrate the Lord’s Table. This is a sign and reminder of a state of affairs - the truth that those who eat Jesus live because of Him. This rite reminds and celebrates what already is: That Jesus is our life.
Our glory is that we share each day in the life of Jesus, our Father and Holy Spirit.
One cannot join oneself to the law or a performance orientation and worship in spirit and truth without sidelining and extinguishing this Offered Life. Unless we are blasé about ignoring the cross.
Neither can we live in religion and be alive in spirit and in truth. His life is not in externalities as He explained to the woman at the well. Kingdom Life is His life as ours.
This means that we need to fully enter the new covenant provision of Christ our life to live in the Spirit. Here we are one with our Father in the Spirit. Here we are also one in God’s truth because we are aligned with what God has done for our benefit.
We can tell ourselves that we are non-sectarian in our Christian outlook. But if our stance is a ploy to persuade ourselves that our distinctive is just a variation in Christian belief when it is really another gospel and a distortion of the apostles teaching, then we are like the lady running about in the mental hospital telling everyone that she is the queen of England.
‘But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God's curse!’ Gal 1.8 NIV.
“For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough” 2 Cor 11. 4 NIV.
CHRIST IS EVERYTHING
The incarnation is the life of God manifest in His people. It is heaven’s life come to earth. It is grace active in the person of Jesus and manifest in the Believer. The incarnation is Christ manifest as His people. This is Christ multiplied, Christ writ large. This is the church Jesus builds in spirit and truth. As Jesus declared - times, places of worship, rites and behaviors, special apparel, the eating of special food - mean nothing. What counts is Christ in you, Christ in us all as the new creation.
‘Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation’ Gal 6.15 NIV.
The effect of the cross and Christ in you is simply this: You and our Father are one. This is the genesis of the new creation and the Kingdom of God writ large in the earth. This is the result of ‘Nothing but the blood of Jesus’ and the ‘new covenant in Christ’s blood.’ The inclusiveness of God, of the trinity, has absorbed you, has drawn us, into the presence of God. As a result the life of heaven is manifest in the world through His people.
When are we alive in the Spirit? '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. We are alive when we. live in the realisation. In this mindset we are one with the trinity and the trinity is one with us. Now our spirit lives in God and God lives in us. Surrounded by His being we are nurtured in the certainty of His love, strengthened in the reality of our belonging and transformed by His life. The real transformers are not those clanky objects in the Marvel movies. The transformers are you - the sons and daughters of God.