“The law of the Spirit is the liberating force of life in Christ. This leaves me with no further obligation to the law of sin and death. Spirit has superseded the sin enslaved senses as the principle law of our lives. (The law of the spirit is righteousness by faith vs the law of personal effort and self righteousness which produces condemnation and spiritual death which is the fruit of the DIY tree.)” ― François Du Toit, The Mirror Bible.
DOOR TO SONSHIP
Jesus receives and loves you as you are. Not as you should be. This is the sure way, the new and living way of becoming your real self and a son/daughter in spirit and in truth. Religion can deliver notional sonship. Christ our life is our belonging in spirit and in truth. This state of being and oneness with the Lord shapes us into daughters and sons in spirit and in truth.
JESUS OUR CERTAINTY
Many Christians live in uncertainty about their salvation, their acceptance with God and their trajectory to eternal life. They are like a person on an electric train hoping that they are indeed on the right train to the airport. They live a ‘yes and no’ existence even though Paul assures us that we are ‘yessed’ in Christ. You have been received into His life. It’s not presumption to believe that eternal life is yours.
“Christ Jesus is our atonement in Himself. He is our redemption from sin, and He is our justification. He truly is the author and finisher of our faith, the One who speaks on good authority when He said, “it is finished.”” (1)
NO OTHER GOSPELS
You owe it to yourself and those whose lives you touch to live in Christ’s Gospel and not some derivation.
Karl Barth writes that ‘Christ our life’ “is the Primal Origin by which they all are dissolved.” By which what are dissolved. The answer is all attempts at Godliness that are found in the law. It is primal because it is original and powerful because it is the creative power that is God re-creating our being.
Barth continues, ‘The appointment [by us] of Jesus to be the Christ takes place in the Spirit and must be apprehended in the Spirit. If is self-sufficient, unlimited, and in itself true. And moreover, it is what is altogether new, the decisive factor and turning-point in man's consideration of God.” – p.36, The Epistle to the Romans.
The appointment by us of Jesus instead of religion, law and Christian values as our life, marks the start of our new-born life. In religion and law we are not born again. We may be graced by Christ but we possess drops of spirit and life instead of rivers.
UNITED WITH LIFE
You owe it to yourself to have a personal rather than a generic relationship with Jesus. More to the point, you do the best for yourself if Christ is your life and religion is not your life. What do I mean by best. I mean that you will be alive with spirit and life. Let’s be clear. There are people who operate in the gifts who are dead folks walking. Their spirits are dead.
‘And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit’ 2 Cor 3.18 NIV.
ADVENTURE AND FUN
All kinds of veils are removed when Christ is our life. Such oneness joins us to the Light of the World. We gain insight in the things of the Spirit and in things of everyday living. We don’t get them all at one. We are taught in the School of Christ which is our interesting everyday life in communion with Jesus, the Spirit and our Father. You don’t have to effect pieties to live like this. In Christ you are in God and God is in you. It’s rest and it is fun.
Because Christ is all and in all and because He is your life and our life as the community of the church we become privy to the revelation of the real Christ – meaning Jesus as He is - and not as our misgivings have made Him. We are delivered from the weight of Christian myths and veils that have accumulated as a result of Satan’s ploys to subvert our inheritance. As these veils are removed we come to know God as God is and we come to know ourselves as who we are, so advancing as sons/daughters in spirit and in truth.
(1) Morrison, S. D.. We Belong: Trinitarian Good News (pp. 113-114). Beloved Publishing. Kindle Edition.