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CHRIST YOUR LIFE

THE REAL PERSON APPROACH

The life of the church and the world comes from those Believers whose life is Christ - whose being and work is the expression of the Spirit of Jesus in them. These are the blessed hope and the hope of the masses desperately looking for hope and solutions in their confused and false messiahs. ‘When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’ Col 3.4 NIV.

BE HOPE MANIFEST

We can be this hope, salt and light when what so many of us are living in the union with Christ that is ours already. But not if we are living in a generalised Christianity. Reformers and life-givers have always been to some extent ‘mystics.’ But there is really nothing mysterious about the incarnated life of what Paul called ‘Christ our life.’ It’s mysterious because it is life in the Spirit but concretely manifest in people as Christ come in their flesh – which means manifesting as them. Of course, we are not deities but the Body of Christ is not just a pious saying. It’s the eucharist realised – oneness with Christ manifest as George, Bob and Mavis. Fred, Sarah and Mary who are not just the effect of evolution – but are the sons and daughters of God.

THE SEED, THE TREASURE AND THE PEARL

The cross and the atonement did not give us Christianity. It gave us union with God. So our treasure is not so much a religion but a manifestation and expression of Christ in we who believe. When Jesus said, ‘Those who eat Me will live because of Me,’ He was not talking of zeal. He meant
being the lived manifestation of Himself as the effect of incarnation. Jesus was blunt when he warned that ‘unless we eat His flesh and drink His blood we have no life in us.” No spirit and life that is, and no new creation/Kingdom agency.

DEPLETION FINISHED

When Jesus Christ cried, ‘It is finished!’ He meant Adamic separation was finished. Pentecost signalled the oneness gained at the cross made available to all by the ministry of Holy Spirit. Spiritual gifts appeared. But it’s not just about miracles and signs. People have to live. The basis of new creation life is the trinity in us. The Holy Family with us and in us on account Christ’s undoing of separation. As Paul says we have been reconciled to God in the person of the Christ of God.

GROWING MORE ALIVE IN CHRIST’S LIFE

‘For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!’
Romans 5.10 NIV.

Union with God that is ours by right of the cross, by the agency of Spirit-outpouring and the fact of incarnation. The fact is - any Believer living in their inheritance is one with our Father in Jesus Christ. Yet we can find ourselves living from the moralist drums we like to beat, living from legalisms and performance orientations, from self-made contracts of self-invented grace - when we could be at rest and fruitful in Christ for us and manifesting through us to make us givers of real life.

HAS YOUR REAL SELF EMERGED YET?

But to multiply real life we have to be a real self. Which means living Christ our life rather than religion our life. Once we make this step we have changed from workers to sons/daughters, from un-born to new born and from religion-spreaders to life-givers.

In Australia many bleat that the government should do more. They appear to look to government as ‘god’ which is as close many get to having one. Is it their fault that they embrace their humanism with such blindness and desperation? The Kingdom of God is not found in institutionalism. It is advanced by the trinity multiplied in each of us. God is not somewhere else - not captured in the church, not up with the worship band or down in the slay-bay. God in His fullness is in you!

AGENTS OF LIFE

If our church were to suddenly disappear, like down a sink-hole. If the Christian book-shops were to go out of business and if some truth seeking thief were to make off with our library of Christian books … If our Bible was found to be mislaid - would we have a life in Christ. Or is what we have called our Christianity an involvement in the Christian stuff?

I hope you would survive very well because Jesus is none of these things. He is Himself and independent of them. But just as real around you in His Spirit as He was with the disciples in Palestine. Let’s be bold enough to say that His stuff - actually ours - is not Him. Yet Jesus is in us and with us. The things are never a substitute for Jesus. Yet they are ignited when He is our life and as such become illuminated by His Spirit when touch by incarnated people.

We hear a lot of the manifest presence of Christ by Holy Spirit. This is exciting and reassuring. But the gifts are not the main event of the new testament age. They are the effect of the big deal, which is the incarnation - Christ in you! The big deal where you are right now is that you are the manifest presence of God!

Christ in you, the hope of glory is the hope of the world and its light. The next and final move of God will not be the result of institutionalism or presided over by the Christian Industry. It will come at the hand of apostolic people for whom Christ is life and who are the living effect of Father, Son and Holy Spirit resident in their being. They will not be life-giving spirits because they are hyper-spiritual. They will be ordinary people who have left behind shadows to live in the reality that is Christ. Consequently, they will be their authentic selves, rejoicing in who they are and releasing streams of living water because of it.

Jesus affirmed that He was way, truth and life. He never said he was partly sufficient or even mostly enough. He was saying, ‘I am all there is. I am totally for you and meet all your needs.’ He said ‘ I am with you always and that we would never be orphans. Always sons of our Father and brothers and sisters of His. Paul talks of Christ in us and of Christ our life. This was no mere religious saying. He meant what Jesus had already implied - that Christ is our life in all ways. Theologians call this the vicarious humanity of Jesus.

Francois Du Toit writes, “
Jesus Christ remains the most current, relevant and pivotal message of all time. He is the language of God. He is the Word that was from the beginning face to face with God, nothing in him distracts from who God is; He holds all things together for ever; the Father of mankind has us all wrapped up in him. The sum total of philosophical thought and contemplation could never match or replace him.
He is beyond the principle of the promise, and gives personality and person to every detail of the prophetic word. He is the very one in whom all things exist. He completes mankind’s every expectation.”

You are who you are in Him. He is the promise of your best self and the manifestation of the real you. You have eternal life in Jesus. And you have spirit and life today. And just as important, you have everyday life in His life. Living the Christian life is not your life with Jesus added. Kingdom life is His life as ours with us ignited and complete with His Spirit in us. In His life we are alive with spirit and with life. As ourselves hidden in Christ, we openly release rivers of living water. We multiply new creation life.

THE MORE OF CHRIST IS EVER UNFOLDING AND ALWAYS MOER THAN BEFORE

The best picture has not yet been painted; the greatest poem is still unsung: the mightiest novel remains to be written; the divinest music has not yet been sung.”  Lincoln Steffens