Knowing God and our inheritance in Jesus Christ comes from knowing God as God reveals Himself. God revealed Himself in Jesus Christ and continues to do so in an ongoing basis. We know God through the Jesus lens, which is to know God through Himself. We cannot know God as God is through the impersonal abstraction of the law or even from religion. We know God as God is through the Son of God – the Jesus Lens.
THE SEARCH FOR MEANING
“The meaning of the words in the Bible are not found nor rooted in themselves, but rather in the realities and actions they express. Thus, the words always point away from themselves and to the divine reality they are expressing.” (1)
Arianism and legalism are separationist and present a ‘gospel’ that is a grave distortion of the Gospel of the Kingdom.
Should we read the Bible separated from the reality that created the text, we will miss the truth of the Living Word and inevitably end up with a dead word that implies quite ‘another gospel’.
Our inheritance in Jesus is huge. Much more than religion would allow and infinitely more than many of us imagine. In Jesus Christ we possess His relationship with Father and Holy Spirit. In following Jesus’ teaching we are inhabited with the trinity.
Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them John 14.23 NIV. Jesus’ teaching is that neither the law or religion are our life. He is.
People talk of the importance of the sacraments. They are important in religion. Far less so in the Kingdom because the Kingdom is not a religion. It is Jesus manifest. The engine of the new testament is the incarnation: Christ in you. The Spirit of Jesus manifest as all of us. Since Christ is your life, you are the expression of Him. You are the sacrament and the sacrament is your life as lived in the authenticity of your real self.
SPIRIT AND LIFE
Your daily sacrament is your sacramental life as an incarnated son/daughter of God. You are the Lord’s Table at large in the world.
Don’t look for life in religious rites or ceremonies. Even if those who could know better want to assert that they give dimension to spiritual truths. They do not. They reduce what would have been the raw expression of Christ manifest as you and Christ expressed as the church – They reduce what would have been a living state of being - to religion. They make the radical reality of Christ our life once removed to a rite or a discipline and a shadow. When the reality would have been you and our Father acting as one.
ONENESS WITH FATHER
Jesus never lived in the separation of Adam or Moses. Jesus was one with His Father. As such He was whole as a son and one with what Father was doing. This was not because of any anointing from Holy Spirit, although He had this without limit – as a result of this sonship.
Jesus ‘doing what Father was doing’ at any moment happened because He and His Father were one. As a son Jesus was a manifestation of His Father – as are you if you are living in your inheritance in God and not insulated by religion or the separation of the old covenant.
WHETHER WE ARE ONE WITH GOD DEPENDS ON WHETHER WE BELIEVE WE ARE. This is why we must reject cunningly devised fables. Reject any kind of religion that claims to be an additional revelation to the apostles doctrine. It is dead men’s bones.
Every Believer has oneness with God in Christ. Every Believer should live in her inheritance.
Don’t leave your inheritance in the ground with the thought, ‘You are a hard man reaping where you did not sow..’ The Creator does not need to sow because He is your life.
Our advantage is that we all possess this inheritance. Whether we utilise it or leave it dormant depends on whether we believe it. To have the mind of Christ is to have His mindset; the mindset that is His Gospel of the Kingdom. This is the new covenant in spirit and in truth. It is the arrangement in which He is our life and we are interwoven into the fullness of God, just like Jesus was. He referenced this and urged us to access it when He said, ‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NIV.
CHOOSE TO LIVE IN THE SPIRIT OF ADOPTION
Intentionally entering this communion with God means that all the fullness of the God-Head dwells in us. This is the big deal of the new testament age – not the anointing of Holy Spirit. Why? Holy Spirit anointing is dependent on this union. The Spirit and His gifts cannot be sustained without it, like a tomato plant that is taken out of pot and not transplanted in the soil of the garden. Left on the side walk it withers and a dies. This is why new covenant living is a must and not an option.
Look at it this way. There are creeks, more accurately described as dry gullies. They flow intermittently. This is the person living in old covenant separation from God, grasping at the anointing and experiencing some fitful dribbles of water. Then there are rivers that flow continually. They are broad and deep. This is the new covenant believer interwoven with God who as a result has the Spirit without limit and who is never in danger of his few pools drying up.
The Enemy sows tares among believers in order to turn belief into a snare. One of these is the assumption that the law brings us closer to God. It does not. It separates us from God in our minds and turns us into a dry creek with a few mosquito infected pools. This is why slaves live in the old Adam and sons/daughters live in the new Adam as channels of living water and agents of the new creation.
‘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. 1) Radcliff, Jason Robert. Thomas F. Torrance and the Church Fathers: A Reformed, Evangelical, and Ecumenical Reconstruction of the Patristic Tradition. Pickwick Publications, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Kindle Edition.