Some authors speak of making the jump from the false self to the real self. The false self is still our person of course but it is the ‘self-made self’ and the religious self that is striving to regain its lost spirit of sonship. When we read of the new birth we are reading of this transition to the real self – the self we are in Christ as sons and daughters. This is the self that cannot be attained outside of Christ our life by which I mean that it will not become ‘us’ outside of the incarnation that we have embraced as the new and living way.
THE WHO OF US
We can live a robust life of increasing Godliness when we live as who we are rather than in who we have been led to believe we are. It’s all in the mindset because our mental picture of reality conditions the reality we create for ourselves. This is why our reality must be Christ and not some ‘other gospel’ or ‘other christ’ which inevitably leads to another and inferior ‘us.’ To live in the Christ of God is to have the mind of Christ.
A ‘christ’ who lives under the law to support the law is not the Christ of God and a ‘gospel’ formed in this mindset is not the Gospel of Jesus or the apostle’s doctrine. * Sin is not the issue and life is the issue. Should we live from sin-consciousness - as we are bound to do under the law - we live in separation from God, despite the fact that the enterprise of God has made us one with God since the cross. Our origins and our destiny in Christ is the truth of God – which is always associated with life to the full. John Crowder remarks,
“There is original sin in Adam, but there is original innocence in Christ. He preceded Adam as the Lamb who was slain before the foundation of the world. Consider the following translation and commentary from Francois du Toit: “Everyone who realizes their association in Him, convinced that He is their original life and that His name defines them, in them He endorses the fact that we are indeed His offspring, begotten of Him” (John 1:12). The word often translated, to receive, lambano, means to comprehend, grasp, to identify with.
This word suggests that even though He came to His own, there are those who do not grasp their true origin revealed in Him, and like the many Pharisees they behave like children of a foreign father, the father of lies (John 8:44). Neither God’s legitimate fatherhood of man nor His ownership is in question; man’s indifference to his true origin is the problem. This is what the Gospel addresses with utmost clarity in the person of Jesus Christ (Jesus has come to introduce man to himself again; humanity has forgotten what manner of man he is by design!)” (1)
A very large amount of the usual ‘being born again’ is not new birth. It’s being born from sin into religion. Real new birth is being born from you as your life to Christ your life. Unless we do this we live in the mirage of christ our lie. Incarnational reality is the only reality. All others are versions of the lie.
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. “I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness comes through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.”
Jesus introduces us to ourselves, yet it’s unfortunately the case that many sincere Believers do not know Jesus in this way or know Jesus as Jesus is – because they see a hazy view of Him through the fog of religion or because they have a distorted view of Him through the lens of the law. This is a recipe for perpetual spiritual ill-health and poor spiritual discernment.
EGGS OR EAGLES
We can live from the law # all our lives as an eagle who has never hatched and exited the egg. Then again we really can live in increasing glory because Christ teaches us to know Himself and to know ourselves.
To live in Christ our life is to know God with increasing fullness and to become our real self as sons in increasing measure. This is the result of our being remade in Jesus without human hands with the result that we become the church that made without human hands.
* It’s significant that the breaking of bread and the apostles doctrine are together here because it shows that they were living from the incarnation. # Should we have been raised by living in the law we will inevitable think that ‘doing’ things is holiness. Not so. Being part of God as the expression of God is holiness. Its incarnation – the trinity manifesting as you. (1) Crowder, John. Cosmos Reborn : Happy Theology on the New Creation . Sons of Thunder Ministries & Publications - Digital version by Ten10 Ebooks. Kindle Edition.