BY THE ONE SPIRIT
It is important to get the Body of Christ right because we have been liberated from the body of death – disconnected from it and reborn into a new life that is Jesus from first to last. Since we have been gifted with union with God it’s important that we live in this in spirit and in truth and not merely in its shadow because we have acquired it as a notional position. To live in the Body of Christ as a belief is not the same as living it as a state of being. One is words. The other is substance. The paradox of kingdom life is that legalism is shadow and life in the Spirit is substance,
BODY OF DEATH
The body of death is the old covenant and the law. It is our separated life in Adam. This is not the life we have in Jesus; the life that is more glorious than that of John the Baptist. We are ‘greater’ than John the Baptist and all old testament persons because we have what they did not: Union with God. We live in the Body of Christ in the Kingdom when we embrace this union with God in our present. This is our life in God BY THE ONE SPIRIT.
‘But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him’ 1 Cor 6.17 NIV.
So who is not Joined to the Lord? The one who has retained themselves in the law: ‘I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!’ Gal 2.21.
ALL OR NOTHING
If we live out of performance or deny grace in any way, or are attached to one commandment, we are attached to the law as a whole and are living outside our union with God in the new covenant. The new covenant is union with God. It the interwoveness of God and ourselves.
Christ did not die for nothing. But refusing to embrace the new covenant; remaining in separation when God has given us this new and living way of union with Himself is to deny the incarnation. It is to reject what is ours and place ourselves in a mindset that is OUTSIDE union with God. It’s like inheriting a fortune and refusing to draw on it.
Our life in God is spiritual yet lived in the body. The son of God came in the flesh and His Spirit now lives in our bodies by the Spirit. This is fundamental to our enjoyment of God and each other. It is the foundation of the Kingdom of God. Christ is our life. That’s it. Anything that is not Christ our life in this sense is a tare and what Paul called rubbish and offal.
TARES AND OFFAL
Tares have the appearance of the Kingdom. Yet are not the Kingdom. They are not overtly evil yet nevertheless the result of belief in a lie. The belief that there is life in law, regulations and religion when there is not. Sadly religious folks are often addicted to their rubbish as a way of life. But not so when Christ is our life. Those who eat His flesh and drink His blood have lots of spirit and life in them. They are joined in their bodies to the Spirit of life.
‘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.
We were born in God. We were created by Him and lived in fellowship with Him. Until the fall. But the fall was planned for. Or rather the resurrection was planned for from the beginning. We are talking the resurrection of the human race in the resurrection of Jesus. The amazing truth is that we are not only in Christ. Christ is us. This truth – this vicarious humanity of Jesus - is the key truth of the post cross age.
Firstly there is no link between ourselves and God that we must forge ourselves. Secondly in Christ we are one with God and positioned in the Family of God. Thirdly Christ’s relationship with the Family of God is our relationship. It is this union – this reality in which we and our Father are one that is the basis of all human endeavour, all creativity, all of the new creation and all that we call the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The latter are never a thing in themselves. Never something to cast ‘holy spells’ with. They are a function of our union with Father and the means of carrying forward the plans of His heart.
What is His main agenda? That we as human beings enjoy fellowship with God, flourish as sons and regenerate the earth. How? Christ’s life as ours. The trinity live in us and we in them. We are interwoven with God. Heaven is manifest on earth through the sons and daughters of God.
‘But what does Scripture say? "Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman's son’ Gal 4.30 NIV.
Being of the Body is more than some notional positioning. It is being interwoven into our inheritance in the Free Woman. It is this: It is realising that ‘I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NIV. It is LIVING THIS OUT without any intervening insulations like the law or religious paraphernalia.
In the old covenant, Adam is you. In the new covenant Christ is our life.
WHAT IS YOUR ROOT?
Union with God is the result and the basis of new covenant living. Not union with religion, morality or signs and wonders. All of these play a part but as fruits and not roots. Our root is our union with God. Frank Viola observes,
“Note that in Galatians it is the Spirit of Christ who is crying, “Abba, Father.” Yet in Romans, it’s we who are crying, “Abba, Father.” How can this be? It’s because in the deepest part of our being (our spirit) we have been joined together with the Lord’s Spirit. “The one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him” (1 Cor. 6: 17 NASB). Thus when Christ cries to the Father within us, we also cry to the Father.” (1)
(1) Viola, Frank. From Eternity to Here: Rediscovering the Ageless Purpose of God (p. 248). David C Cook. Kindle Edition.