Many Believers think Godliness is about being good. But that’s not the story. Godliness is about ‘being.’ It’s about being a daughter or a son. We don’t get to be sons of God by earning it or transforming ourselves. Because we cant. We get to be sons/daughters by designation. ‘For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith’ Gal 3.26 ESV. This is to say that we are sons of God in spirit and truth by agreeing with God which is believing that Christ is our life. ‘But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God’John 1.12 NIV.
ORIGIN AND DESTINY
Before the cross those who believed were sons of God by birth. Following the cross people became sons of God by reconciliation, atonement and incarnation. All of this summed up in the vicarious humanity of Jesus.
Godliness is by designation and by fact. The fact is that we are part of God. We are God’s sons and daughters. Jesus urged us to step into the fact of this Kingdom reality with the words, ‘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 NIV.
Some of us live a strained religious life - with life in the spirit continually eluding us. The reason? We will not let go of earning our self-worth through effort. We prefer this syndrome and the fantasy that Christ is a hard man to the raw paradox that Jesus is our life in every way. Once we accept this we can have a Sabbath Life and release the fruits of spirit and life in relaxation and peace. Spirit and life is the difference between kingdom and religion.
The fruits of the Spirit are not things you do to show yourself worthy or obedient. No need to make a new version of the law out of them. These fruits are simply you being a son/daughter of God.
IN THE SPIRIT
‘For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God’ Rom 8.14 NLT.
Godliness starts with you being who you are. A son of God. The fruit of Godliness occurs because you increasingly do what sons and daughters do. Advance, fade, advance again - You are always a son and the person of Jesus is increasingly manifesting as you.
Sons of God do better than a notional quoting of texts about the ‘one loaf.’ They are woven into God. As sons they are the actual manifestation of the trinity. Those who walk in the Spirit of God are the sons of God. They walk in the Spirit because Christ their life is Jesus expressed as them. Life in the Spirit is not about spiritual gifts. Life in the Spirit is you and Father being one and your expression of our Father as the Spirit of Sonship. Gifts and anointings are a function of we and Father being one.
Gifts of the Spirit and charismata should not be siloed off as a thing in themselves. They are rooted in the new covenant and the incarnation – the effect of Christ come in our flesh. In such a compartmentalization we can heal people and prophesy but remain unhealed in ourselves. Unhealed because our father wound – separation from God has not been left behind with Adam and Moses. Your Godliness, your inheritance is this: You and our Father are one. This is the soil of Godliness, of fruitfulness, of your wholeness and the Kingdom of God.