Christ Your life

His Kingdom multiplied through you

THE DIFFERENCE

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There’s a major difference between fragments of life and fullness of life. Living in the
old covenant we will be asking Jesus to help us live our life. Living in the new covenant we will be asking Jesus to be our life. There is nothing difficult about this because He has already drawn us in to His life. We need not invite Jesus into our lives. He has already included us in His. This is the achievement of the cross, the resurrection and Pentecost. But more than this it is the reality that is His and ours in the incarnation.
Our covenant life – old or new determines what we do and more importantly what we are. More exactly it determines who we are: Whether we are sons of the slave woman or sons of the free woman. It’s about our state of being.
‘But what does Scripture say? "Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman's son’ Gal 4.30 NIV.
In the Adamic life we are obsessed with doing and not doing. We might make a mental grid of things to do and things to avoid. Here our life consists of stepping on a draft board of black and white squares. We can have different arrangements of squares. Some may have two or three. Others may have fifteen and if we are a serious legalist/fundamentalist we may have hundreds of tiny squares and try to live moment by moment in righteousness. I knew people like this once. Tiny Squares people, they went to my church. Their lives were austere and no one in their right  mind would want to be like them if that is what being like Jesus actually meant. We are a letter from Christ but the kind of letter we are depends on the kind of christ we have the gospel to which we adhere.

‘You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts’ 2 Cor 3.3 NIV.

But being like Jesus actually means being like you – in a good way. When Jesus becomes your life you become who you really are.  Liberated from the lies that come from the world and from religion, we are set free from the false reality and false identity originating from the father of lies. Drawn into fellowship with Father you become a true daughter and a true son. You become you in spirit and in truth.

Michael Kapler writes, ‘
There is a difference between trying to abide by law and rules, compared to living by the indwelling Christ in us. Bearing fruit to God came through having died to the law and being joined to Christ. The objective is no longer centered on trying to avoid evil and doing good, but our purpose is to intimately know Jesus Christ and the power of his resurrection.’ Why the ‘power of His resurrection?’ Because His life in us is the new creation of us personally and of society collectively.
 
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