Living from the law kills the spirit and suffocates the soul. It brings to our being the spiritual equivalent of dementia.
It robs us of substance as well. You could be a shell without its’ fish or a skeleton without its human. You could be water without liquid or a house without its building. You would of course be a nothing since you were not the essence of yourself.
It’s possible-in a manner of speaking - to be a man or woman without a person. This is what we are if we have no real relationship with God. Like the busy woman who came home from her successful and well-paying job and discovered that she was not at home when she got there.
In these posts we have discussed the real self and the false self. The false self as opposed to the real self is what I have begun talking about here – a human being with no real content, no identity other than a pseudo -identity because one has no real relationship with God other than a religious one, that is not a relationship because it’s just a routine.
Our transition from the false self to the real self is what Jesus called being ‘born again.’ For people like us it means being birthed out of religion into union with God.
As a member of any denomination we can have a relationship with God or a husk of a relationship – a relationship with God that is without substance but which takes up time and effort. We need not be worldly rebels to live in superficiality. All we need to do is to live from a routine – a kind of pedestrian treadmill of religious motifs and observances. Sadly in the latter case we are not.
A Christian life that consists mainly of a church routine is hardly a life, let along a relationship with God. Living from the law kills the spirit and suffocates the soul. It brings to our being the spiritual equivalent of dementia. In contrast Christ our life fills our humanity 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.
Jesus put forward Himself as the way, the truth and the life. Paul commended us to live from Christ in us and went further declaring that a real relationship with God is Christ our life. In John we are told quite clearly that the real gospel of the Kingdom is Christ come in our flesh. This means Jesus not only in us but manifesting His life through us.
‘I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist’ 2 John 1.7 NIV.
You can live as a whole person when Christ is your life without the contrivance of an attempted harmonious development of the mental, physical and spiritual aspects of one’s being. You need not live from some self-induced contract in which pious behaviors and missionary works are adopted to pay-off God. Yu have the gift of eternal life and the gift of union with God. Live from this and you will be the ‘you’ that you are without artifice. You will produce much fruit.
When Christ is our life we are whole, holy and ourselves – which we never are if we are stilted artefacts of the law. You can find your rest from proving your self-worth to God and to others when you have a Sabbath life rather than a Sabbath day. Law adherence can make us either an effete person or an irritating and pious cardboard cut-out of a human being.
A relationship with God starts with the realisation that you are not only saved by Christ but you are part of Him. You can have a relationship with God. In Christ you are a son/daughter and never an orphan. In Jesus you are one with God and drawn into fellowship with the trinity.
You live in God and God lives in you. As such you are never the wooden legalist a dead person talking. You are filled with God’s spirit and life. In fact you are spirit and life because the Resurrection lives in you and is you.