Jesus told us to heal the sick, raise the dead and cast out demons to show that the Kingdom of God is among us. This was the restoration of the dispossessed to their rightful kingship. Kingship - also known as the spirit of sonship - results from the healing of the rift. This is our healing by the annulment of our separation from God in Jesus. The atonement in spirit and in truth is the foundational healing of the human race. We are made one with God and God one with us.
Pauls’ words, ‘Christ our life’ are an expression of the truth that is the vicarious humanity of Jesus. Any culture tainted by the law reverses this. So that the onus is thrown back on us so that even in relation to Christ, we are made to be our life. This is perversion Satan got Adam to adopt.
‘Emphasis upon the vicarious humanity of Christ and the fact that we are saved through his life as well as his death, has troubled many evangelicals. They mistakenly believe that speaking of Christ's vicarious humanity detracts from what took place on the cross. The very reverse is the case. By speaking of Jesus' vicarious humanity, we are actually magnifying what Christ did in reconciling us to God.’
The intensity of our healing is seen in Jesus urging us to take on what He accomplished for us at the cross: ‘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. In REALISING this we are healed. In ignoring it we are not. Jesus’ healing and setting free was a demonstration of the life and wellness that is His Kingdom. Our relationship with God, with ourselves and with others is healed in the oneness that is Jesus. The trinity is oneness in diversity. Jesus comes from the triune God to draw us into the triune God. In Jesus we are enfolded in God. Peace comes to us as we agree with Jesus that this is so and that we belong in the Family that is God.
Truth heals. Lies bind. By coming among us, Jesus undid the lying narrative purveyed by Satan. He undid it with Himself. Jesus revealed the truth about Father, the truth of Himself as Saviour and the truth of us as sons and daughters of God. Jesus revealed the new and living way – that Way that is Him as the way to our Father.
The fullness of the Spirit, known as ‘the Spirit without limit,’ which is what Jesus had, was the result of one fact. He and His Father were one. Jesus hauled this oneness with God into our fallen realm, undoing the fall from within our situation and multiplying this oneness to us by the Holy Spirit.
As a result, not only are you healed. Creation is being healed.
UNION WITH GOD
Jesus had the Spirit without limit because He and His Father were one. This is the basis of the spirit-life of God. It is the source of His authority in us. Through the cross, Jesus destroyed separation from within. When He called out, ‘IT IS FINISHED!’ The fall was undone, over, kaput and neutralised. You have the union with God that Jesus had. This union is your inheritance in the new covenant. It’s yours because Christ is in all things your life. We are called to grasp this salvation because it is counter-intuitive. Christ our life changes us. ‘Us our life’ re-arranges the deck-chairs.
Your healing in this is that you are a son – in spirit and in truth. Unhealed in mere religion or in a distorted gospel we are mere workers and slaves. This is Paul’s warning in Galatians.
The attempt to deploy the gifts and be spirit-filled in an old covenant mindset is misguided. Misguided because it cannot operate properly out of a fallen state of separation. So don’t leave your new covenant inheritance in the ground and obsess about Holy Spirit and the gifts, until your mindset is oneness with God. You have oneness with God. Obedience is living in it.
In isolation from the union that is yours the gifts will fade or worse - they be diluted and distorted into witchcraft.
Descartes inadvertently uncovered a truth when he made his famous statement, ‘I think therefore I am.’ The implications as psychologists and sociologists know is that we become what we think we are. This is why we need to know the real Christ, His authentic gospel and who we have become as a result of the successful completion of the divine conspiracy.
You owe it to yourself and others to examine the foundations of what you have been taught. Be warned. Any Gospel that begins with Christ and ends with the law did not come from Christ.
So don’t live from the law and old covenant when Christ is your life and His Spirit has come to be in your flesh AND MANIFEST AS YOU! You will negate what is yours. The attempt to be Spirit-filled independently of our new covenant union with God is like ‘Doing the Fall plus miracles.’ Don’t perpetuate the fall with retrograde gospels and revisionist theologies. Signs are not the solution to this, or gifts. But the cross is the starting place. Here the fall is undone, and we are made one with God. Miracles of healing always lead to the cross and our interwoveness with God. Gifts of the Spirit along with signs and healing are a function of live oneness with God. To deliver heaven into earth they must be rooted in Christ come in our flesh.
“I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist’ 2 John 1.7 NIV.