You may have had occasion to live with people who are excellent at fluffing about. They live in a chaos of parts like a person who cannot keep a room tidy. They cannot see the forest for the trees or discern the whole from the parts. What is The Whole in our Christ inheritance? It’s that we have been made one with God by God.
We can heal people even if we are spiritual cripples. Or if we are in robust Godliness. This is because it is Jesus who heals and not ourselves. Our mandate is not just to heal limbs. It's to heal lives by extolling the true Gospel - the gospel in which we and Father have been made one.
Our healing happened at the cross when Jesus cried, ‘It is finished!’ The rift that Adam started between God and humanity had been undone. This is the healing of the human race. Christ our life is a life-long healing.
NEW MEANS NEW
The New Testament is not the amended old testament. It’s the inauguration of an entirely new and living way – the way that is you in union with God.
The difference between law, temple, compartments and your new testament life is that there are no compartments, no dichotomies and no sacred and secular demarcations in the panorama that is your life. ‘The two have been made’ one in Jesus Christ. The demarcated life of Adam and Moses has been obliterated by our union with God in Jesus Christ.
DEAF TO LIFE
Not a few Believers have never heard the real Gospel of Jesus Christ. What they have heard is a modified version of the knowledge of good and evil presenting as moralism, legalism or living a Christian life. But the Gospel of the Kingdom Jesus has given us is Christ our life. This is the vine and we are the fruit.
The gospel is more simple and more profound than most of us have been led to believe. This is not always because others have lied to us. Although it can be. It is often because many of us find it hard to believe that the gospel is that good. Many are comfortable in earning acceptance with God. They live from a sense of entitlement – that never delivers.
Some have adopted approximate gospels. Gospels in which it is believed that people are graced to keep the law. This is not our inheritance. Others abandon false gospels but still retain themselves in religion. The Kingdom was never religion.
Christ our life is liberation from religion. It’s incarnation — so that in every way we are the expression of Jesus and the manifestation of God: We are sons and daughters – not notionally as under the law but in spirit and truth in oneness with God.
HE IS NEW CREATION LIFE
The oneness of the trinity is the oneness that has included you in its oneness. Christ is not only the life of the world on an individual level He the life of all existence. ‘For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him’ Col 1.16 NIV.
All things found their being in Christ in the first creation. How much more is Jesus the life of the world in the new creation that began when He rose from the grave.
JESUS IS US
Jesus is us is offensive to those who want to believe that their religion is them. For this reason many of us need to bring our entire religion to the cross.
The stark baldness of the gospel in its radical power is that ‘Jesus is you.’ As for the church ‘Jesus is us’. This is not a loss of identity, it’s gaining it. Hidden in Christ you are revealed as a son of God.
‘Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it’ Matt 10.39 NIV.
We can live our entire lives as a law-bound Christian and never find life because we have never found ourselves. If we follow where Jesus leads He will teach us how to see and take away our fear of seeing that we have followed cunningly devised fables.
“ As the Spirit of truth continues to guide and illuminate God’s people, new light is shed on the wonders of what Jesus has done for us, and the Good News is even better than we thought. We begin to realize that even while the gospel does not change, our vision may improve, our understanding may increase and our presentation may require revisions. Rather than anything novel, what’s required may be just the opposite. We probably need to revisit ‘the old, old story’ with Christ-cleansed lenses in order to do a little ‘quality control’ on our witness. So again, the gospel doesn’t need tweaking,’ (1) We do.
The complete gospel is us realizing that 'I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you' John 14.20 NIV.
(1) Jersak, Bradley. A More Christlike God: A More Beautiful Gospel (p. 265). CWR Press. Kindle Edition.