A LIFE OF JOY AND SUBSTANCE
If you represent truth and life and you have the courage to persist with the dissemination of ideas that break the bondages of common myths – myths in which friends and acquaintances and people who just follow the crowd have a vested interest in maintaining.
You will engage in plain speaking. The political speaker tries to say two or more things at once so as not to offend folks. The result is that what he says is so diluted he does not say anything.
Jesus and Paul were direct in their teaching. They spoke out of life and not out of the knowledge of good and evil. They were not politicians. They were life-givers who clearly separated life and death from the narratives that promoted them. Thus Jesus says, ‘I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins’ John 8.24 NIV and Paul says, ‘I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose Gal 2,21 ESV.
LIFE IS TRUTH AND TRUTH IS LIFE
You can speak the truth by speaking life. Words are alive when Christ is our life and dead when religion is our life. In religion we can live out a form of godliness that might persuade the insensitive that we are Godly. Joe was a sincere religious man striving to be Godly but never achieving the standards he set for himself.
Finally he shouted, ‘God, I just can’t do this anymore!’ Jesus smiled and replied, ‘Good. Now I can do something with you!’
NEW BIRTH IS CHRIST GRACED AS YOU
New birth is not the living of a moral life, a religious life or a social conscience life. It’s the transition from our life to God’s life. But not God’s life as a religious program. God’s life as us.
ENCLOSED IN THE NEW COVENANT WE DO NOT REPRESENT THE KINGDOM
We are reborn when we agree that Christ is our life. We have entered the provision of the new covenant where Christ is our life. From now on we can minister spirit and life rather than just words. We are in the realm where life has overcome death. We no longer propagate the something and nothings of the knowledge of good and evil. We are not the political representatives of an ideology. As ministers of the new covenant we have become rivers of living water.