What is our inheritance? It is union with God now and forever. You have an achieved union that is yours to live in. Just as in Adam all were separated, so in Christ all have been made one with God.
WORKERS AND SON
The difference between those living the Kingdom and those spreading religion is between earning it and living in it. Are we embracing and possessing what we already own? Is the Kingdom seed taking root in our being? We can bury this grace in the ground because we have absorbed a meagre view of God. We preach a diminished gospel because we have been socialised into viewing Him religiously ‘as a hard man.’ As a result we need to believe we must do something to establish our credentials as worthy. But our list of moral worthiness is always partial and partisan, often profiting to our denominational culture or so finite that it leaves the big issues of social equality or climate change out of the picture altogether.
BY THEIR FRUITS
It’s easy enough to isolate sexual morality and leave our adultery with our version of society and economy un-repented of. Yet orthodox versions of society and economy are so perverse that it is the sensible and sensitive people who are labelled as loonies. It was ever so. Put on a face of outrage and victimisation and kill the Messenger.
Then again we can accept His graciously and offered gift of His life as ours and be planted in Him as seed in the soil of the trinity. The Kingdom we inherited is not a moral program. Through the incarnation He has gifted us the life of God as our life. The Gospel of the Kingdom is Christ our life. Not rants against sexual deviance. These spokespersons are sincere but sadly mistaken about the gospel of Christ – which is that He is the life of the world. A Christ-like life is the result of union with God. Not a ticket to heaven and a passport out of hell.
‘Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit’ Rom 8.1-4.
There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus but it seems that there is in subverted kinds of christianity.
The parable of the sower is not about ‘trying harder’ or Christian discipline. But it is about obedience concerning belief. It’s about whether we will allow ourselves to be deep-rooted in union with God or whether we will devise subtractions and additions that appear as weeds, surface as stones and rocks and provide an opportunity for the birds of demonic infiltration to carry off the reality of Christ our life with a return to the knowledge of good and evil. What you get in this interpretation is a return to the fall.
RESSURECTION AND NEW CREATION
The cross is His life for ours. The incarnation is His life as ours by the Spirit. The result is union with God in the Spirit of Sonship. This is the source of bountiful produce. Since the cross we are in union with God - so much so that we are one with Him by the One Spirit. This is the deep soil of bountiful Kingdom life. Here we are joined to the Vine who is rooted in the trinity. We must reject and repent of perverse gospels that hinder the Kingdom and smother the new creation.
The incarnation is the result of the cross. It is where the gifts of the Spirit are grounded and rooted. Separated from the new covenant the fruits and the gifts wilt and are subverted by evil. Heaven will not invade earth until we live from the heaven that is in us and with us.
You are not separated from God. Separation is over. Adam is undone. You are stablished in Christ as a daughter and a son. Don’t fall for the illusion of ‘more of God’ when the infinity of God is incarnated in your being. To look for something else is to agree with the original lie – that Father is holding something back from you. Live in the truth the fullness of God now dwells in you.
Our participation in the sonship of Jesus as sons of God is the soil from which comes the Spirit without limit. Here we are taking new covenant union. We have left behind the death that was ours in Adam and the separation that was ours under the law of Moses. God is not only near us. He is in us. He is not only in us. The trinity is blended with our being. This is God come in our flesh - the antidote to a religious life of separation and ‘keeping close to Jesus.’ Why? Jesus is with you and in you. You cannot undo Him. But you can ignore Him and live in your own mindset of rocks and stone.
Agreement with God’s gospel is the soil in which the Kingdom takes root.
Unless we are deep-rooted in our new covenant union the effect of the anointing will fade because the gifts have no root. Life in charisma will not flourish on an old covenant base. This is to say that we should not expect the Kingdom to advance if we remain tied to the law. We are tied to the law if we are hooked on one commandment or living from ‘religious principle.’ This kind of garden grows tares.
Our life is Christ - Christ expressing Himself as us. In the introduction to Stephen Crosby’s book on the New Testament Prophet we find words of great relevance not only to prophetic people but to those who have imagined that they can bolt the gifts of the Spirit like a super-charger onto an old covenant engine and still grow the Kingdom of God.
DISTORTION AND CONFUSION “The gifts were given to the church that we all may attain to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Jesus Christ. But these gifts have become self-existing entities apart from the Lord and the inevitable misuse of them, particularly in the prophetic realm, has resulted in widespread confusion, distortion, damage, and even outright destruction amongst God's people. If you want to perpetuate the Charismatic dysfunction ubiquitous on the Christian landscape, this book is definitely not for you.” (1)
The gifts themselves cannot produce the fullness of Christ if we are still captured in the prison of the law and old covenant separation. The fullness of Christ is ours when He is our life. This fullness of spirit and life is ours when live in Him as Himself and He lives in us to make us ourselves. In the simplicity of Christ our life all are winners and all produce much fruit.
(1) Crosby, Stephen. The New Testament Prophet: Understanding the Mind, Temperament, and Calling (Kindle Locations 132-135). . Kindle Edition.