‘Christ our life’ is not Christianity because it is not religion. It is incarnation. Life in the Spirit is incarnation. The Kingdom of God among us is incarnation realised – never life in the law with the addition of spiritual gifts.
Recently I used a quote from Gregory Boyd in which he observed that most Christians don’t live overtly from the law. He contends that many attempt to live from ‘right behaviours, right beliefs, right observances and repetitive routines.’ This is what Jesus was urging Nicodemus to understand when He said, ‘You cannot see the Kingdom of God unless you are born again.’ Jesus did not mean born into moralism or a new testament version of the law maintained by Himself. Jesus means dying to our Adam in the knowledge of good and evil and rising to Christ our life in the incarnation: His grace realised as you and 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 NIV.
NEW BIRTH BEGINS On that day you will realise what the Kingdom of God is? It is Christ. Nothing more. Nothing less. Christianity is not an ideology or a philosophy. Neither is it a new type of morality, social ethic, or worldview. Christianity is the "good news" that beauty, truth, and goodness are found in a person. And true humanity and community are founded on and experienced by connection to that person.
‘When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’ Col 3.4 NIV. When is this glory? It grows every day and comes to completion at the end of all things, which is the start of eternal life.
WATER OF LIFE What is meant by Paul’s statement, ‘Christ your life?’ It means that Jesus is in every way for us and in place of us. He is entirely our grace. He is who we want to be and who we really are. He is who we are becoming. Take care live in Him personally and not in the religion that carries His name. Christ as you and as us produces un-diluted new creation life.
‘So Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you’ John 8.53 NLT.
When Christ is incarnated in us, religion can be said to be saved from itself. Saved because these routines are now alive because Christ is us. Nevertheless it is Christ who is our life. Not religion. Keep in mind that that Lord’s Table does not ‘bring Christ’. The eucharist is the sign and the reminder that Christ has become us just as the wine and the bread become our body.
When we live in the simplicity of Christ our life we live in the freshness of His Person. We live without artifice and contrivance because Jesus is with us and in us. Together we are the expression of the Person of Christ.
Jesus did not leave us a religion to live from. He bequeathed us Himself to be manifest through us and AS US. This is the incarnation.
‘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. Make this day and every day from now on the realization of the reality that you and Father are one and that the fullness of the god-head bodily lives in you.
John Zens writes, “It is safe to say that the root of most errors in believers’ minds is a failure to appreciate the reality and finality of Christ in the New Covenant. Too many are trying to function with a mixture of law and grace, letter and Spirit, and type/shadow versus substance. So much practice in the history of the visible church has taken its cue from the Old Covenant and not the New.” (1)
Substance is life in the Spirit because it is Christ’s life as our life.
Holiness is not living in ignorance. Christ is our life individually, as the church and as the new creation. Unless we can live from this base we cannot expect any advance in the Kingdom of God, even with the gifts of the Spirit, since all life is sustained by the rootedness in God that is ours in the New covenant.
The expression of Christ where you are is you. You have a Sabbath life.
(1) Crosby, Stephen. How New is the New Covenant?: Discovering the Implications of: Jesus is Lord (Kindle Locations 87-90). Stephanos Ministries. Kindle Edition.