KINGDOM NOT INVISIBLE
‘Jesus replied, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again’ John 3.3 NIV. We can be blind to the Kingdom of God because we are enthralled with our own kingdom or blind to this Kingdom of Life because we prefer ‘the death’ we have become used to.
WHAT’S BORN AGAIN?
We are not born again because we have exchanged an old morality for a new. We are born again when we make transit from law and religion to Christ our life.
‘Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again’ John 3.3 NIV. There’s a subtly in this that we can miss. We can belong to the Body of Christ and be on our way to eternal life. But we cannot see the Kingdom of God and are not agents of this Kingdom because we are in Adam and not in Christ.
TREE OR WOOD HEAP?
One can live in the old covenant as a wood-pile. But in oneness with Christ we are a tree of life.
The law and legalism appeal to the Adam in us. Life in the Spirit is attractive on account of the Christ in us. But life in the Spirit is not the gifts. It’s the incarnation.
ON THAT DAY
Many born again Christians have never been born again. New birth is Christ as us.
‘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.
Our lives will change when we extricate ourselves from law/religion to live in oneness with God. Until this happens we are not born again and we can neither see God or know the reality that is His Kingdom. We will just keep defining it as something less than it is and keep attempting to jolly it up by so called ‘keys’, ‘conference insights’ or adding the gifts of the Holy Spirit. But unless we make the jump to Christ our life which is oneness with God we will keep circling our mulberry bush in a lesser version of ourselves and a limited version of God.
WHAT ARE YOU SERVING?
There’s a kind of ministry that serves up pieces of knowledge of good and evil on a regular basis, like slices of turkey or devon. It can minister drops of water but it takes the oneness with God that is open to all to minister spirit and life because we are spirit and life.
Confirmed and well marinated law-keepers are usually blind to the presence of spirit and life and consistently explain it as something else.
Sure we might see some advances as ministers of the old covenant. Christ graces us even if we are sincerely wrong. But until we enter our oneness with God, we will be eagles who never fly. Jesus describes this indwelling as spirit and life. He was not talking about Holy Spirit anointing. He meant union with God – the life that He lived as His normal. In this state of being which is the re-born you, you do not have to do anything. You will do of course, but you will only do that which is you, meaning that which you were born to do and which you are called into doing as your destiny in your growing sonship. From new birth on you will be you with spirit and life. You will be one with Life because you have joined the triune God in the Great Dance of Life.
NOT AN ABSTRACTION
In his book The Great Dance, Baxter Kruger writes, “I suddenly realized the problem of my life. All along I had been thinking about God the wrong way. All along I had misjudged the very being of God. I had been a blind idiot. God is not some faceless, all-powerful abstraction. God is Father, Son and Spirit, existing in a passionate and joyous fellowship. The Trinity is not three highly committed religious types sitting around some room in heaven. The Trinity is a circle of shared life, and the life shared is full, not empty, abounding and rich and beautiful, not lonely and sad and boring. The river begins right there, in the fellowship of the Trinity. The great dance is all about the abounding life shared by the Father, Son and Spirit.”
Did you know that we can have the gifts and even heal people yet remain a spiritual cripple and a dead person walking. Dead in spirit because we live in a mindset of separation from God?
Holy Spirit and the gifts are never a substitute for the incarnation of the trinity in you. They can advertise that reality but they are not that reality. Being one with God is that reality. The river of life that flows from the presence of God is not an abstraction. It is neither religion or the law – nothing that subdued or that dull. It is unlimited life itself. If our own ideas and the religion our parents is more important to us than this life of oneness with God, God will not make us have it. But we will live to some extent as dead men walking rather than sons of God overflowing with spirit and life.