We have alternative histories. We can grow from glory to glory or we can pass to our grave without knowing that our entire journey was spent propagating an illusion.
Salvation history has meaning and purpose. We begin in the old covenant and progress to the new. Our transition from the old to the new covenant is our new birth and is necessary because we cannot live in the fullness of our humanity and our potential as sons of God while contained in the former Adamic life.
What is this former life? It’s not necessarily a life of licence and mayhem. It is often a life in religion and an immersion in the most amorphous and basic kind of religion: The Knowledge of good and evil along with its tree/cross of attempted self-improvement and self-flagellation. Whether or not we have specifically attempted a life from the Ten Commandments, all of us have attempted life from the tree of knowledge - because this is the only moral ambience available until we begin our life in God.
Our life in God begins when know that we have been received into Jesus’ life.
‘Transformation is not merely a change of morals, group affiliation, or belief system—but a change at the very heart of the way you receive, hear, and pass on each moment.’ Kingdom life is not a religion. It is Christ our life.
Transformation is a change in our being. This is why fiddling with bits of law is fruitless and agreeing that Christ is our life is the new birth.
STAGES OF ADVANCE
Each of us have to live in this realm of attempting to be godly – trying to be as gods knowing good and evil - until we see by revelation and a tremendous jolt to our sense of self - that of ourselves we cannot be genuinely Godly. Yet we try to achieve this. Within every person there is a ‘hoping instinct’ to seek God and be like God because God is our origin. We were birthed out of the trinity.
This is the point and meaning of baptism. Our acknowledgement that of ourselves we cannot be who we want to be or even shape ourselves into be who we think God would want us to be. We come to understand that we must allow God to put us to death and start us off again in a new life that is actually His life as ours. This is our life in the Spirit which is His spirit-life lived in our bodies, called ‘Christ come in our flesh.’
CHRIST OUR LIFE
The exact truth is important in spirituality. It’s not good enough to be 50 percent correct about the gospel or even ninety percent. Spirit and truth is comprehensive truth and this is our possession when Christ is our life. Complete truth is important because the extent that we vary from Christ’s gospel of the Kingdom is the degree to which we are crippled, diseased or dead in our souls and spirit.
Living in the full extent of Christ our life we are sons and daughters of God. Living in faint shadows of it, like in alternative gospels we are tares.
OF WHAT SPIRIT?
This test of Christ come in our flesh is not about some evil spirit discerning ‘utility’ like a malware finder on your pc. It’s about discerning ‘other gospels’ – perversions of the truth that undo the plan of heaven which is Christ come in you. As we emphasise here, the big deal of the new testament age is the incarnation: The trinity in you. Christ come in the flesh can be negated in several ways. Suffice to say that the main way is to have religion come in our flesh, so that we live from a Christian routine or belief system. A less common way but fanatically embedded way in some cultures is an attachment to the law of Moses – which in effect means the annulment of the effects of the cross for our lives.
LIFE IN THE SPIRIT IS YOU
Jesus comes in our flesh to be our life. He does this by the Spirit. Incarnation means the Spirit of Christ actually becomes us. This is what the Lord’s Table is referring to. The bread and the wine do not make this happen. They are the sign and the reminder that it has happened. That Christ is in us and is becoming us.
Having started in the law or with a constellation of ‘Holinesses’ that we have chosen to pursue, maturity brings us to the realisation that adherence to one virtue will not make us holy and neither will the pursuit of ten. Further reflection will reveal that adherence to 60 virtues does not make us holy and neither will an obsession with 600. Enlightenment reveals that what we need is not rules and rites but a new us. This we can have because Jesus presents Himself to us as our life. This is grace. His life graced as ours.
A SLOW DEATH
Some never receive this light. Their identity is contained in their darkness. They rationalise away each flash of truth and gradually wither as a person – either becoming more passive and ineffectual or more judgmental and nasty.
We are not whole or holy because we wear a bourka or are a church member. We are holy because we are part of God and have been included in God’s circle. We belong. ‘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. This is the day we have aligned ourselves with who God has already made us. It’s the day we are born again and the day we have entered our new covenant life of union with God.