The new and living way is simply this: We live in the life of God by agreeing that Jesus is our life. We were made to live in God. Satan seduced Adam and Eve into living in the stuff about God. We have that original life back. Many of us need to decide if we will remain in the fall or take our place in the Resurrection.
Do you desire life without limit? Or are you content with bits and pieces? Firstly keep in mind that living from a belief system is living from a version of the knowledge of good and evil. It’s our dualistic grid of behaviours and positions. I wrote this before somewhere and here it is again. ‘To live from a belief system is to live from a subtle version of the knowledge of good and evil. As such it means that we have not been born again.’ Why not? Because our post Adamic life is our present Christ life. The life in which Jesus and the trinity is incarnate in you and is your life.
It is unfortunate if we have spent most of our lives in religion. Yet also a bonus because we are alerted to the fact that there is more on offer and more to come. Father designed history so that the incomplete gives way to the complete. Or privilege is to be on the alert to insure that we are living in the greater rather than in the lesser.
‘But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises’ Heb 8.6 NIV.
Today I will explain that ‘To live in God is to be a son.’ In formal circles the nature of being and existing is called ontology. In everyday terms it’s about existing, knowing who we are and being who and what we are meant to be. Nothing obscure about that. Except for various reasons there are forces arrayed against us – including ourselves – that live to ensure that we never become who we are. Like ‘Are you really the son of God?’ This attempt to reduce and to shame is incarnated in many voices and is always a lie. It is probably the chief lie of all that it means to be designated as fallen human beings – when in fact in Christ all of us are RISEN.
We can be a shadow of ourselves or live in the reality of who we are. This depends on whether we are living in the shadows of religion or the reality that is Christ. Even more relevant is the question, ‘Are we living in the new covenant reality that we are provided with as the new and living way to be the new and living us?’
‘But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code’ Rom 7.6 NIV.
Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body’ Heb 10.19,20 NIV. Stated here is our new and living way of Christ’s person into union with God.
BE WHO YOU ARE
There’s a book entitled, “The Man who Thought His Wife was a Hat.” Let’s face it. It’s not good to see yourself as a hat or a tea-pot when you are really a person and not just any person. But a son of God. ‘Being’ as you may have guessed is about what it means to truly be a truly human being.
There’s a principle of being which is this: The whole is more than the sum of the parts. But this is not how we live when we live in religion, in the law, or in the old covenant regime of Adam. In the old and dead way we live in the parts and try to make ourselves whole.
We can try all kind of things like adding the Holy Spirit to anoint to our bitty life in Adam. But without effect. We seek to do what can never be done. We try to be whole by living in parts and end up as figments of religion. Try as we might we cannot put humpty-dumpty together again. But the bright light is this: When we realise that the mending of ourselves is impossible by and for us, we are ready for the second part of the journey. This is the new covenant state of being where Christ is our life. This is the new birth.
‘Jesus replied, "Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again’ John 3.3 NIV. Many Believers are certain about religion but have never seen and experienced for themselves, the Kingdom of God. This includes people who have spent years in ministry, have a minister and have spent years as missionaries purveying teaching that is much less than the Kingdom. They are not bad people. They just have been sold a lemon.
the Kingdom surpasses living in what I have always believed.
IT’S A JOINING OF ONESELF
Paul was speaking to this whole that is greater than the parts, when he said, ‘In Him we live, move and have our being.’ Richard Rohr is declaring the same whole when he writes, ‘A person who has found his or her True Self has learned how to live in the big picture, as a part of deep time and all of history. This change of frame and venue is called living in “the kingdom of God” by Jesus, and it is indeed a major about-face. This necessitates, of course, that we let go of our own smaller kingdoms, which we normally do not care to do. Life is all about practicing for heaven. We practice by choosing union freely—ahead of time—and now. Heaven is the state of union both here and later.’
We may try to save our smaller kingdoms, preserve our place and identity in them and give our lives to shoring up what was always destined to be demolished by God – in order to be replaced by a better way and a living way. We must abandon this sincere mode of kicking against the pricks in order to enter the new order, the new state of being which is you as a son of God. You, not in theory or in fiction, but you in spirit and in truth.