You may have noticed that there are active people who are alive in their spirit and very busy people who are not ignited with the spirit of life. This is so whether they are Believers or not. Some Believers are just not alive with spirit and life – which is not a religious quality but the essence of life itself. Whether the person believes in Christ or not, the origin of this life is God and God’s joy in being.
NO OTHER NAME
Nevertheless ministers and promoters of Christ’s life, do so because life has a name, is a Jesus and is the trinity. When Paul spoke of my gospel he was not spruiking stuff he had made up. His Gospel was the Gospel of Jesus Christ, of the other apostles, of John and those who had become disciples of Jesus Christ. Jesus was an is the human face of God. Jesus is the face of you and you are His Face as a member of His Body and as a son/daughter of God.
In the post cross age we have been set free of all delineations of the knowledge of good and evil to live in oneness with God in Jesus. Jesus joins us to God in fullness and imparts to us the fullness of His life. Thus Paul speaks of Christ our life.
Whether we hold to one law, ten or four we are of the law and are legalists. But if we live in God, which is to live in the incarnation we are alive in Life itself. Life is very much a Person – the person of Jesus for us and in us.
You can fellowship with an abstraction or with God as God is. If the latter you will ‘be’ grace and truth because you will be graced with the truth that is life.
We have the opportunity to live in God. We are already in Him, in His fellowship and being. But we must enter with our hearts and minds in order to be in this reality and not in some alternative reality that is a lie. You can’t just make up your gospel. Our lot is not so much to receive Christ but to live and know that we have been received into His life. What is this life? It is a fellowship. It’s the companionship of Jesus, Our Father and Holy Spirit. It’s a real state of being that is communion with God. But even more – we are part of God’s being as is He of ours. We are daughters and sons.
SPIRIT AND LETTER
We can be sons definitionally or we can be sons in spirit and in truth. One is a function of religion and the other is the effect of our new birth. New birth is our change from separation to oneness. Legalism tells us that new birth is a transition into a superior moral life. It’s not. It’s your transition from every kind of legalistic/religious attitude to oneness with God. How do we take this step? By believing that in Christ we belong.*
INTO WHOLENESS IN ONENESS
“Jesus comes in the incarnation to lift us up from out of our brokenness and into His wholeness. He comes to shine the light of His truth into the darkness of our alienation. He comes to find us, to know us, and to lift us up into the fellowship of love that has existed from all eternity. He comes to bring us home, to include us into His Trinitarian life.
The most stunning news in the universe is that God has included us into His life of love, fellowship, joy, acceptance, and light. We have been included in the Trinitarian relationship. From within our existence God has reached us and He has brought us home where we belong. Adam and all of us have hidden from God in the darkness of our sin, yet God in His mercy has come to us. He has taken up our cause, and He has brought us into the light. God has reached us.” (1)
*Tied to the law in any way we may say we belong but our heart does not believe it.
(1) Morrison, S. D.. We Belong: Trinitarian Good News (p. 62). Beloved Publishing. Kindle Edition.