Molly was not whole and was also somewhat unholy. She had poor relations with people, which is why she swapped churches a lot. She had been churched all her life but remained unhealed and untouched by Christ’s life. She lived in Christianity rather than in Christ. Schooled in doing Christian things, she was unaware that He Himself is meant to be our life.
In a Jesus life we can expect to grow into our glory. Now we are in God. ‘In God’ to the extent that we live in the presence of the trinity and they reside in us. Jesus talked about this when He foretold the good news of Holy Spirit being in us and with us. In a manner of speaking, Father manifests as you in the age of the Spirit. This is also to say that The Spirit expresses the reality of you as a son of God. You are your real, your better and your healed self when Jesus is your life. More than that you have the spirit/life nature of a son.
‘For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God’ Rom 8.14 NIV.
In the old testament under the law, the Godly were notional sons, their fullness diminished by separation from God that came to them from Adam. In the old covenant age there were certainly some Godly people as well as workers of mighty miracles.
But none lived in the Spirit.
Our life in the Spirit is a function of union with God – the union achieved for us by the at-one-ment of Jesus and the planning of our Father and The Spirit. There was no incarnation in the old testament. This is why anyone for whom Jesus is life is greater than John the Baptist or Moses. We are greater because all of us can be the manifestation of Jesus Christ. This does not mean we become deity. It means we become sons – sons in spirit and in truth. Sons not only are led by the Spirit. They generate the new creation. This comes not from the church militant in a political sense. It comes as the manifestation of Jesus in people.
‘See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him’ 1 John 3.1 NIV.
The glory of sons is found not in the law or in obsessing about sin and its overcoming. Glory is seen and experienced when we know God as He is. Glory is experienced as we live in who we are in Christ.
Your union with Father as a son is your life in the Spirit. The Source of the Spirit of Sonship, this union is also the reason for the anointing of the Spirit. In Jesus we are in our Father and like Jesus, we can have the Spirit without limit – if Jesus is our life and we are not living in the law, performance and any addition to Christ. Christ is fully our life and He alone is our life.
CHRIST IS LIFE
Such life is not found in a crusade against humanism, a war against homosexuality or opposition to Islam. Christ is our life, is our life. Jesus calls you into our Father – not to a political cause. Operating in spiritual gifts is not life in the Spirit. ‘You and Father are one,’ is life in the Spirit. Unless we are so rooted we will continue in a crippled life, sick in soul with our real self dulled and inglorious.
‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing’ John 15.5 NIV.
We can attempt charisma in old covenant mode. In this situation the gifts eventually fade since they have no root. This is not to say that there are no evidences of grace. But it comes in drops instead of a river. And one has a spotty record of victory over the Enemy and circumstances. One of the great weaknesses in charismatic church life is an emphasis on the Holy Spirit and the gifts without a life in the new covenant. A culture of spiritual gifts effected in old covenant assumptions is like planting a new fruit tree in the soil, yet leaving the polythene sheath on the roots. It will not grow. Not in a Kingdom sense. The result – no root, no shoot and no fruit.
‘The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth’ John 1.14 NIV.
The God of the old testament is the God of the new testament. He is not different in the new testament. He only seems different because now we see Him as He is in His glory. Jesus is the exact image of His Person. In the old testament God is seen through the lens of separation, fear and the projection of this fear and guilt onto our Father. But there is nothing mean, nothing austere, nothing law-mongering about God.’ J Baxter Kruger writes,
‘The glory of the Father, Son and Spirit, the shared life of the blessed Trinity, is not the sort of thing that is to be hoarded. This life is to be shared. This is the ‘why’ of creation, and it is why Jesus became one of us. As Irenaeus said in the second century of the Church's life, "Our lord Jesus Christ, who did, through his transcendent love, become what we are, that he might bring us to be even what he is Himself. The Father's Son became one of us not to parade His glory, but to share it, to give us a place in all that He is, in His essential nature as the Father's beloved Son.’