‘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.
This is the day we are born again, that we realize we are part of His life and that we belong to a real community that is in heaven, in us and growing around us as people are drawn into the Family of God.
Jesus wants to draw us into a community of being – not a community of doing. The truth is we are not born again because we have adopted a moral stance or embraced a denominational behavior. We are born again when we agree that Christ is our life.
Jesus’ ministry began with miracles. The first one, water to wine is indicative of an incarnated ‘normal life.’ Normal water is wine when we live as a manifestation of the Son of God. The miracles of healing that followed – healed bodies - were signs of healed lives – lives healed of the wound of separation from God. There is no reason to believe cessationism is a valid belief. I have seen people healed, participated in healing and have friends who have a healing ministry. Healing happens better in places where folks have faith in God rather than faith in rationalism.
Healings are a sign that God is real. That Jesus is present with us and that He is offering us healing from our separation from God. The purpose of healing is a healed life. This is a life in which we are healed of the wounds of life and healed from the effects of the many versions that we do not belong. Much religion offers talk that you only ‘belong if..’ Since the cross everyone belongs. But to benefit we need to agree with Jesus that we do.
Not to be unkind but there are people who operate in the gifts who are dead folks walking. This is because Christ and not the gifts are our life. There’s a difference between folks whose spirit is alive and those in that have a present but dormant spirit. Is your spirit alive or in a coma?
‘Jesus said to them, "Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you’ John 6.53 NIV. Jesus is talking about our being incarnated with Himself. His gifts to us is not a normal religion where we do good deeds. It’s a life in which His spirit and life is expressed in our deeds.
Jesus urges us to embrace and live in His incarnated Life because it is the difference between a life in the letter that kills and a life in oneness with God. We can live from an intellectual religion or a church-routine religion or an earning Jesus’s love religion. Here we can get drops of water. But to step into what we already have – an incarnated life is to become a river of spirit and life.