MEDIATING HIS LIFE TO US
We have much to say about the incarnation because the incarnation is the Reality that is our inheritance. We are invited to participate in this inheritance in the second and in the season.
MEDIATION OF CHRIST
Incarnation is an instant and a life. It’s the alpha and omega of Christ manifesting as you.
I use the words, ‘Christ as you’ advisedly. Because Christ is not the means by which you conform to an agenda. By the Spirit, Christ becomes you. No, we are not deities. But we are sons/daughters who in the spirit are the direct expression of Christ. Christ mediates Himself to us – not abstractions or more refined and clever varieties of the knowledge of good and evil.
The incarnation, flowing off the at-one-ment, is the new wineskin that is our new covenant oneness with God and the dynamic of the Expression of God as us. The new wineskin is not salvation, not the anointing. Neither is it ‘the gifts’ or a Christ-enabled method of ‘jumping through hoops’. Unfortunately some have been trapped in culture of ‘hoops’ without ever experiencing the spirit of oneness with God.
I am taken aback when I hear people say they would prefer to live in the law or their communities ‘seven sanctified behaviours’ rather than in the reality of Christ our life. Reminds me of living in a dog kennel when you can live in your Father’s House.
BIGGER ON THE INSIDE
Any version of life in law-mode leaves us less than we are. Yet when Christ is our life and we are resting in Him, we are more than we are. Like the TARDIS – bigger on the inside than on the outside. The dog-kennel is always smaller and dingier than it appears.
Not that as legalists would know this, having defined righteousness as the things we and our community do. Religion is much ado about doing while the incarnation is all about life.
We do not live in ‘categories’ in the spirit. We live as daughters/sons who are a manifestation of Christ.
YOU ARE LIFE
Paul’s assertion that ‘in Him we live, move and have our being’ is significant as a statement of fact because to live in the God who is one, is to live in the communion of the trinity and participate in the joy of their communion and the exuberance of their life. To live in the Christ of God is TO BE LIFE.
THE RISE OF SONS
God is merged with humanity, which means woven into you. This is the opposite to our condition in the fall – the essence of which is separation from God, from self, from others and from the creation.
GOD SO LOVES THE WORLD
Any attitude that is dismissive of creation and the vandalization of the earth does not come from God. The Kingdom of God is universal - which means that it is more than about our ‘gifts’ our ‘ministry’ and any self-appointed ‘mantle’ of entitlement to tyrannise nature and despoil the earth.
HEALER OF CREATION
Jesus healed people as the sign that He is among us to heal the earth. The mission of Jesus and those who are His disciples is to Bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth’ Eph 1.10 NLT.
The trinity is the Life-Hub of the universe, living to impart their infinite life to everyone and everything. The essence of God is life-giving. The spirit of evil sucks the life out of all it touches. Satan is ‘the father who eats his sons’. This father’s sons are those who eat the earth. Who would have thought that the attitude that killed Christ would multiply to a harvest that involves killing the earth?
“The Trinity always intended to bring humanity into its circle of “other-giving” love. This was the very reason the Son of God became flesh. In the incarnation, God’s identity is forever merged with humanity. As Karl Barth boldly declares: God has chosen not to be God apart from humanity. Behind all of history and creation lies His eternal purpose – the Gospel. The incarnation is not simply a past-tense event we celebrate on Christmas. The incarnation is a present reality.” (1)
‘For God so loved the world…’
(1) Crowder, John. Cosmos Reborn: Happy Theology on the New Creation. Sons of Thunder Ministries & Publications - Digital version by Ten10 Ebooks. Kindle Edition.