BE HOLY AND BE YOURSELF
People who live as sons of God have a strange and un-affected freedom to be themselves and to release life without effort. Spirit and life is limited in those who live from definitions and positions. Not entirely absent, due to grace, but present in droplets rather than rivers. Jesus did not leave us a religion and is not about supervising a religion. Jesus is about manifesting Himself as us – which is why Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life,’ and why Paul defined glory as ‘Christ our life.’
What kind of relationship? We can live in distant relationship and have marriages of varying intimacy ranging from a comfortable communion to alienation but living together. With God we are assured that those who value a foundational union with God will have more.
The adventure of life is our increased knowing of God, a greater understanding and acceptance of ourselves and the ability to find joy in others and the creation in which we live.
LIFE UNTO LIFE
‘Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them’ Matt 13.12 NIV.
Losing what we have can take the form of imprisonment in our ideas and living in the illusions that we have made our mental support.
Spirit and life is curiously present in those who do not have all the facts but who live in relationship with God – which should not surprise us since God, as in trinity is relationship.
WHAT’S NEW BIRTH
To be born again is to be born into His life as our life. For those raised in religion it means living ‘Christ my life rather than religion my life’. New birth is not giving up drink and gambling. It’s Christ your life, rather than you, your life. Theologians call this the vicarious humanity of Jesus – meaning Jesus is you and Jesus is us.
JESUS WRIT LARGE IN HUMANITY
Jesus came to give us life to the full. He is life and represents all that is life in individuality, community and cosmos. Thus, while God is logos he is also love and joy. Life is not an abstraction or a process. Life is the person of God manifest as Jesus Christ, in you and in us. Life is Father with His daughters and sons. Infinite life is Christ come in you and after that, you as a son/daughter of God.
As sons and daughters, we are the manifestation of God. As such we are life as Bill, George, Mavis and Juanita.
‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full’ John 10.10 NIV. Have you noticed that Jesus did not announce a list of good deeds or present a program? He declared Himself the means of LIFE TO THE FULL.
Once we understand that Jesus has given us life – not a religion - we are free to come alive with spirit and life.
Any gospel that starts with Jesus and ends with the law is theft. Jesus is here to be our life – nothing less. Avoid blind religions for the blind.
Jesus is not a bandage on the law or the Grand Supervisor of the law. Grace is not a means of coping with the law. Grace is Christ. Christ is His life as our life. It’s incarnation.
A LIFE OF MISSED OPPORTUNITY
We can live a life in religion and be oblivious to what we have missed because we thought that this religion was it. Some give their lives to an ‘aberrant salvation’ while others absorb themselves in a delusion disguised as ‘our perspective. To obsess over the law and be entangled in sin management is to miss the Christ project and spend one’s life on the edge of Kingdom relevance – and irrelevance to life.
JOHN SAYS IT AS IT IS
This is a bald as it gets: ‘Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life’ 1 John 5.12 NIV and again, “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life’ John 8.12 NIV. Comprehension of the light is not by knowledge or intelligence but by revelation. The latter comes from the predisposition to be taught. The poor in spirit will see God as God is.
The lens of truth is the Jesus lens and right believing for the new testament age is our living from the new covenant. It’s not written out in the new testament because it’s not set of rules. It’s union with God in the Christ of God. Jesus introduced Nicodemus to it with the words, ‘You must be born again to see the Kingdom of God.’* Jesus declared it Himself with the words, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life.’ Paul summarises it in Galatians 2.20,21 and John defines it as Christ come in our flesh in 2 John 1.7.
If the womb does not embrace the husband’s seed a new person can never eventuate. If we do not embrace the seed that is Christ and accommodate ourselves to some substitute like the law, the Kingdom of God will not germinate and grow in us. Sons of God will not be conceived.
A law-centered, knowledge of good and evil constructed as a belief system is a life of limitation. It is innately death dealing and is accompanied by a spirit and culture of death. This is a field that has never embraced the seed cast by The Sower and so it has rejected life. But you are soil of infinite depth when Christ is your life because you have allowed yourself to be joined to the trinity and its eternal life. You are the Bride to His Groom in spirit and truth.
DAUGHTERS AND SONS
Now your Christ your life is realised as hiddenness in Jesus is a life that is infinite. Infinite, because you have become joined to infinity. This is what ‘In Him is life and that life is the light of all human-beings’ means. To live in religion, which is to live in the old covenant, is to live in smallness of mind and a pocket of misguided thinking. In such a cul-de-sac one can spend one’s entire life promoting a convoluted theology without ever knowing that one was perpetrating a delusion. We are either in Christ and His life and light or we are not.
J Baxter Kruger writes, "From all eternity, God is not alone and solitary, but lives as Father, Son and Spirit in a rich and glorious and abounding fellowship of utter oneness. There is no emptiness in this circle, no depression or fear or insecurity. The Trinitarian life is a great dance of unchained communion and intimacy, fired by passionate, self-giving and other-centered love, and mutual delight. This life is good. It is right, unique, full of music and joy, blessedness and peace. Such love, giving rise to such togetherness and fellowship and oneness, is the womb of the universe and of humanity within it."
Heaven began in the trinity which is the womb of the universe. It spread first to heaven and then God shared it by creating Adam and Eve. Heaven came to earth through Jesus. It spreads in its authentic form through you – when we are in Christ, when He is our life and when we are rivers of God’s life because His life is ours. This is the truth. In the new covenant, the life of God is your life and you are the expression of Father, son and Holy Spirit where you are.
The atonement is more than a declaration of ‘not guilty.’
‘At-one-ment’ means you and Father are one. Christ’s relationship with Father is yours and the life and spirit that is the trinity will flow into and out of you in rivers of spirit and life. Don’t dull this life by accommodating yourself to perversion of the gospel or dumbed- down versions of what was meant to be the everyday experience of kings and priests of the Kingdom.
*This inability to see is why the religious mind cannot make sense of Paul’s ‘Christ our life’.
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