God’s truth is what it is. As it effects us His truth is Jesus Christ, what He means for us, and who we are as a result. Being a ‘good Christian’ or a ‘God fearing’ person or a ‘lovely’ man or woman, does not determine the truth of who God is in Christ. He does. We can love Jesus, yet be mistaken as to who Jesus is and what He accomplished for us and be quite misguided in what we think He wants us to do and the way of doing it. Confusion dilutes our inheritance and cripples our sonship. There’s nothing complex about the new and living way. But many live in confusion.
Jesus is THE NEW AND LIVING WAY. The ‘new’ part is just as important as the ‘way.’ Post cross is fundamentally different to pre-cross. It’s not a seamless transition from the old keeping of the law to the new keeping of the law with Jesus’ help. That would be a different but ‘dead’ way. This ‘way’ is alive because it is entirely new. New because by the Spirit Christ is our life and we are the righteousness of God in Him. Such a person is called a son. A person remaining in Adam and the law is a slave.
Today we are delivered from the power of the tree and are alive in our spirit. Alive because our life is His life as us. We cannot be alive in His spirit and life if we are still living in the Adamic knowledge of good and evil. But if Jesus is our life we are alive as sons. Post cross there is no law as in words on stone. There is His life by the Spirit manifest in us as our life. Jeremiah never meant that Moses would be written on people’s hearts. That would make people dead men walking. Jeremiah was prophesying incarnation – Christ in you and Christ as you!
‘He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit’ Titus 3.5 NIV. The new birth is His life as ours.
Loving Jesus does not always mean that we have the real Jesus or the Jesus who is the Christ of God. If we have imagined Him through the law or through religion or through our own fear, we will most certainly have imagined a false christ. Christ is who He is. So is Father. The Son came from heaven to reveal God as He is – and in doing so set captives free to be their real selves instead of their religious selves.
‘This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God’ 1 John 4.2 NIV.
‘I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist’ 2 John 1.7 NIV. Jesus come in our flesh means that His Spirit is in us and that He has COME AS OUR LIFE.
In his recent book entitled Patmos, C Baxter Kruger reminds us that we need not be bad people to have acquired a false christ and a distorted belief system. Here we are invited to ‘know’ the real Jesus, to receive the revelation of who God is and who Father, Son and Holy Spirit are because only the Son knows the Farther and only the Father knows the Son. The bonus is that they live in us to reveal themselves to us! Living in this revelation we mature as sons and daughters in spirit and in truth.
Proceeding from glory to glory means progressively leaving behind that body of Adamic death. This is the adventure of advancing in spirit and truth into a knowledge of God and the experience of who we are in spirit and life as Jesus multiplied -multiplied AS US as sons and daughters of God.
We can acquire veils and religious mythologies from our own Adamic thinking and personal myth making or from being socialised into gospels that capture Christ in the law and deny that Christ has come in our flesh. Yet we are privileged to live the reality of Christ our life and of the dynamic of the trinity in us revealing God to our inner man. This is life in the Spirit and the living way that is new creation life.
Don’t live the old creation and kid yourself you have something to offer the world!
The Christ of God is truth and life. He dissipates decay and undoes death in all its subtleties. Since Jesus is both ‘way’ and ‘truth’ He will lead us out of falsehood and every deformation the lies of the Enemy have dulled us with – if we are committed to Him and not to some other husband we have made for ourselves.
‘And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit’ 2 Cor 3.18 NIV. Here in the Christ of God all veils are removed: Removed from Christ and removed from ourselves. He becomes known as He is and we come to know ourselves as we are.
The new and living way is new and alive because we are constantly being led into ever more accurate revelations of our Father and ever more amazing panoramas of fullness of life. We are constantly being drawn into greater fullness of being because we have committed ourselves to growing up into Christ.
‘To see Christ is to see ourselves. To see the law is to see ourselves in Adam and to see death.’
The incarnation of God as Jesus of Nazareth and then later in every person who believes, disproves any notion of a solidified, stagnant, God. The presence of Holy Spirit with power today in signs and healing authority rebuts any notion of a passive immobilised deity.
‘I am the God who changes not’ is not the citadel of the stagnant conservativism or rotting religion. This is an accurate description of He who lives in a constant state of becoming.
Stagnation is a property of things – never of the trinity and of persons made in the image of God. It is because Jesus is alive and active in our being that The Resurrection is multiplied in believers as THE NEW CREATION kingdom of God.
There’s no room for elephants in the room in the church Jesus builds without human hands. No justification for mindless plodding and enduring of a sanctified status quo arising from a perversion of the gospel. Sometimes we need to be born again by allowing Jesus to show us that our elephant - most of what we believe is a delusion.
‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free’ Luke 4.18 NIV.
LIBERTY IN LIFE AND FREEDOM FROM DELUSION
Richard Rohr writes, ‘The way things are” must somehow be interrupted. The system must be deconstructed. That is the job of the prophet. The prophet leads us out of normalcy, dismisses it and debunks it. I ﬁnd it interesting that Jesus is called priest, prophet, and king, in the archetypal meaning of those roles … This may be because we don’t want Christ to deconstruct the system. We only want the King who blesses the status quo. Indeed, most religion is “legitimating religion.” It is invoked for social control and public order. It tells us it’s okay to live in toxic and unjust environments — just as long as you have a personal relationship with Jesus inside of the sick system.’
When some of us can agree that what we have embraced as the truth is actually a delusion, we will have entered the freedom from which Jesus delivers sincere and well meaning captives. No longer marketers of death in Jesus name, we are now competent as minsters of the new covenant Kingdom of God. Instead of occasional drops of water we will multiply rivers of spirit and life!