HEALED HEALERS OF SEPARATION
In his excellent book, Patmos, Baxter Kruger asserts that there needs to be less of our ‘receiving Christ’ and more of our resting and growing in the fact that we have been received into His life. This is not something he just happened to make up. He uncovered this truth from theologians steeped in John Calvin, Karl Barth and Thomas Torrance - the latter who himself had immersed himself in the study and explication of the Gospel of the Church Fathers. There are gospels that bind us to religion and gospel that bind us to the presence of God in ourselves.
JESUS IS REAL
Cessationism is a nonsense and has no support in scripture or in the real world of a present Jesus. I have healed people in Jesus name and been with others who have done the same. But the deeper and foundational healing is the healing of our separation and alienation from God. If we are living in any form of separation we are not living in our inheritance.
The legacy of Christ is union with God. While there is such a thing as the manifest presence of God, the main example of the presence of God is you, when we are living in the incarnation and not some separatist version of Christianity. Sonship is by definition and reality, you as an expression of our Father.
The manifest presence of God in any sign or gifts has one purpose – to illustrate that you have been received into the life of God for healing and growing into your glory as a daughter and a son of God. You are not separate from God.
If you have been around much, you will observe that there are people who learn and people who don’t; people who talk because they can and others who know what they are talking about. Baxter Kruger is of the latter group which sets him apart from many sects that developed in the 19th century and later. Sects and churches that were planted without reference to the past like lettuce seedlings in a garden that has no soil. Which is to say they are not rooted in the Gospel of Jesus, the apostles, church Fathers and the historical Christian Church. Little wonder that some of them are tares.
BOUND IN FORMULAE
Michael Kapler remarks, “I will often refer to the word religion and usually in the negative sense. Basically, I see it as a form of legalism, where people are trying to do something to get a response from God instead of resting in his response to us. Even after years of inflation, religions are still just a dime a dozen because they all follow the same basic path—the undertaking of outwardly performing in a way that will hopefully make them more acceptable to their creator.” (1)
Any variety of doing anything to get the presence binds us to a glass half empty. Any dichotomy between the presence and non-presence, is a mistaken dualism that has not existed since the at-one-ment that is the cross. You are one with Christ not because of spiritual gifts or an anointing. You are one with Christ because of the cross and the incarnation. The gifts and the manifestations are not something separate from the incarnation. They are the effect of it.
Kapler is right. It’s the kind of legalism that Saul escaped from and which Paul in His liberated life includes as ‘the law’ when He warns that if we are still keeping the law, then for us ‘Christ died for nothing’. But the law is not just laws and regulations. It is any device we employ to secure the presence of God.
The treasure of the cross is that Christ is in you and never somewhere else.
RIVERS ARE BETTER THAN DROPS OF WATER
This implies that one can live sincerely in religion which is construed as the normal Christian life and as a result live a life that is largely ineffectual in advancing the Kingdom Jesus began. Jesus Kingdom is not a variation on Adam or Moses. It is entirely Christ our life. The incarnation in the church is Jesus multiplied as the Kingdom of God in people. The incarnation in you is the Spirit of sonship. Religion in you is better than nothing but not much. It’s a glass half empty when it could be overflowing. In Christ you have the authority of Christ. You have this authority because God has made you one with Himself in Christ. Christ is already in you. To be who you are in Him is to come into your glory.
You are one with God whether you are doing ministry or eating a Burger.
If cessationism is a falsehood, the belief that the presence of God is only with us and among us when a healing is taking place or a ‘word’ is being offered, is just as misguided. Jesus is not somewhere else. In Christ God is woven in, incarnated in your being by the Spirit.
The experience of God is our daily life. The meaning of the Lord’s Table is almost what Catholicism claims for it. But not quite. The bread and the wine, does not become the presence of God. You become the presence of God. Because you are one substance with Christ having eaten His flesh and drunk His blood in your daily life, you are the manifestation of Christ as a son/daughter of God. In this oneness you are free of religion and bound to your inheritance in the spirit of sonship.
Myk Habets observes that “By means of a ‘wonderful exchange’, ‘reconciling exchange’, ‘atoning exchange’, ‘sweet exchange’, or ‘atoning propitiation’, … Christ takes what is his and gives it to fallen humanity and takes what is ours and heals, restores, forgives, and judges it within his own being and life.” (2)
The Lord’s Table is the sign of the incarnation. We don’t receive Christ with the bread and the wine. We celebrate that we are living in His life incarnated in our being. God is with us and in us. Never somewhere else.
(1) Michael C Kapler, Clash of the Covenants. P 20.
(2) Habets Myk, Theosis in the Theology of Thomas Torrance. P110.