Did you know that Jesus is the cause and our life if the effect? This does not occur through studious application of Bible principles. It happens because this is the age of the Spirit of Sonship. Christ’s life is manifest as ours! We are a completely different person in the knowledge of good and evil to what we are in God. In the first we are sons of Adam. In the second we are sons of God. This is not just a scriptural designation. It is a state of being. ‘Now we are the sons of God,’ means now we are what we were once not - sons in spirit and in truth. It is true that we became sons by definition through creation. We became sons in spirit and in truth as a result of our re-creation in the Last Adam. ‘For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive’ 1 Cor 15.22 NIV. In Adam we became children of the material and the flesh. In Jesus we have become children of spirit and life. This spirit and life, this flow of life and spirit that flows into us from our union with Father is the difference between religion (the flesh) and the infinite life if the Kingdom Jesus began. This is the spirit we live in when we are born again. Or conversely what we do not possess when we remain in the law of sin and death. Here the law of Moses is designated specifically and the ‘law of Adam’ generally. Rick Joyner’s The Torch and the Sword is largely about the pervasiveness of this delusional form of religion.
SONS OF WHAT? In Adam we are sons of separation. This is what we are in the old covenant. Sons of God is what we are in the new covenant. Christ is our life. We are in Him. He is God and in we are sons in fellowship with God. In Jesus we fellowship with the trinitarian family. Here we are united with our origins and our future. In Christ we participate in the alpha and omega of God. We came from Him. We have been drawn back to Him. We begin with Him and in fulfilling our destiny and reason for being we reveal our glory and give glory to our Father. ‘To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory’ Col 1.27 NIV. Christ in us is both present and future glory. CHRIST COME BY THE SPIRIT INTO OUR FLESH God is a spirit and we must worship Him in spirit and in truth. Human beings are embodied spirits. We not only have a spirit. We are spirit. Separated from God by the fall, our spirit died. Joined to God by the cross and resurrection our spirit became alive. You are more than the sum of the parts of your body. You are an embodied spirit. That’s right. You are not an evolved pond-scum or amoeba. Neither are you a compilation of rules and laws. Now you are a son/daughter of God.
At creation Father breathed Himself into Adam and He became a son of God. When Jesus cried, ‘It is finished!’ the separation of the fall was over. By receiving Jesus as our life we participate in His oneness with God. Our wounded spirit is healed. Our spirit, soul and body is joined to God. We were made to live in God. Today you have this life in God. In Jesus we are embraced in God-life and included in the fellowship of the trinity. ‘I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one’ John 17.22 NIV. PERICHORESIS The third person of the trinity is a human being - Jesus the sons of man and son of God. A human being is in the courts of heaven. Jesus is the First Among Brothers. He represents you and the entire human race in heaven. You are in Christ. Christ is God and in God. And you are in Him in heaven. But there’s more. By the Spirit Christ lives in you. He manifests as your life in your smile and your words. Jesus is the fullness of your life and the only real expression of who you are. Outside of Him you can never be yourself. As a practitioner of the knowledge of good and evil you remain outside of God, outside yourself and outside everyone else. You may have noticed that John 17 is the opposite of all separation. Reading John 17 ‘in the law’ we will be disposed to interpret the words as ‘If you say you are a Christian you better get busy and do community properly!’ But nothing could be so opposed to the real meaning. With Christ as our life we participate in the micro and macro of creation. Our union with God is our union with ourselves as an integrated being, our union with others and with the entire creation. He really does draw all things together in Himself!
DEGREES OF COMMUNION We can have easy communion with followers of Jesus - less so if they are followers of religion. The latter leaves people in separation. The paragraph above explains the genuine union of all for whom Christ is life. ‘The two have been made one,’ is the principle of the cross and the key to life to the full. The old covenant is the life of separated Adam. There’s a reason why one cannot be truly intimate with an old covenant living friend. Religion insulates us from the real. In their reality, they are separated from God, from themselves and from you! The tragedy is, they are not really separated, except in their minds. Not having the mind of Christ they live in an old covenant fantasy - an illusion of the Enemy that binds them in a false separation. This pseudo-separation prevents them living out their lives in the reality of the Spirit of Sonship. The Spirit of Sonship originates in Father. It results in the community of sons. In Christ we are made alive. In anything else we are not. ‘He has made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved’ Eph 2.5 NIV.
‘WISE’ IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL There are folks whose ‘wisdom’ is the sum total of their life and experience in the false life of the Christian version of the knowledge of good and evil. Theirs is a religion of theology, positions, moralism and conformity. But it’s not Godliness. It’s a form of it but not Godliness in a genuine sense. Genuine Godliness is Christ our life. The substitute life is Christianity. This might be an affront to the Christian Industry but it is nevertheless true. As a result many possess a ‘religious wisdom’ and will often misinterpret the scriptures in alignment with their ‘other gospel.’ They are insulated in the main from revelation. And although they might have a following they are not spiritual leaders. Avoid their counsel. Don’t follow them. What they have to share will leave you less than you are and inhibit the advance of the new creation through you. There are however those who have made a life out of Christ. He really is their life. They follow Him where He leads and leap over fences where their denomination says stop. They bound onto the lawn where the culture of conformity says, ‘Don’t walk on the grass.’ As a result they find God, themselves and enter a life of extravagant adventure and advance into new vistas of joy and evermore intoxicating drafts of spirit and life. But as Richard Rohr observes from his own journey.. ‘It takes a huge push, much self-doubt, and some degree of separation for people to find their own soul and their own destiny apart from what Mom and Dad always wanted them to be and do. To move beyond family-of-origin stuff, local church stuff, cultural stuff, flag-and-country stuff is a path that few of us follow positively and with integrity. The pull is just too great, and the loyal soldier fills us with appropriate guilt, shame, and self-doubt, which, as we said earlier, feels like the very voice of God. So Jesus pulls no punches, saying you must “hate” your home base in some way and make choices beyond it. I am happy he said this, or I would never have had the courage to believe how it might be true.’