A NON-INSULATED LIFE IN CHRIST YOUR LIFE
Easter will be on us soon. I Noticed in The Age some time Back that far fewer Christians abide by a fish only, no-meat Easter Friday. I’m glad. Some might see such things as an observance. Others might describe such practices as a humbug. Call it what you will. Such things do have an effect on the quality of our life as Believers. They can insulate us from direct communion with Jesus. ‘Well, they assist our union with Jesus’ some may reply. Not really. Because our union with Jesus is direct and woven into our being. God is incarnated in us in Christ.
Jesus is our union with Jesus.
DEAD IN ADAM, ALIVE IN CHRIST
‘For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory Col 3.3,4 NIV.
In oneness with Christ, the expression of you as a human being can only get better. Better, because Christ in us is life and righteousness itself. Better because, just as Jesus was the manifestation of life so can you be life as John and Jean. Jesus is grace and truth. Woven into us we grow as manifestations of grace and truth.
Of Jesus it was said that ‘In Him is life and that life is the light of all humanity.’ Those for whom Jesus is life are the same. He lives in them, manifests through them and they shed abroad His life and His light. By living a Jesus’ life – a fellowship undiluted by religious externalities – we are able to minister this life. Our words will be spirit and life in the mode of Jesus.
There is no spirit and life in anything that is not God Himself. Life is God, came from God and is God in in you. Paul warned that any addition or subtraction from Jesus’ and his gospel would attract a curse for a reason. Any alteration to the Gospel of Jesus and the apostles insulates us from direct union with Jesus.
Jesus knew He was God’s Son. Nothing would deter Him from living in this fact. He and Father were one. Because of Jesus, this unity is yours. You have it now. No need to work for it. Work from it. Be the fruit of this reality. As meaningful as Easter can be - there is no spirit and life inherent in the celebration. Easter is a sign of what is, of what is already yours: A life in the Resurrection Person who is active in you. You can have an Easter Life. It’s your everyday reality and your inheritance. Ensure that it is your possession.
You cannot create your union with God; it is objectively already given to you. The difference between religious people and Kingdom people is that the latter are consciously drawing upon this union and the former are insulated from it by their own activity. Don’t live a hybrid life - a life of bits of religion and bits of God or bits of law and bits of the Spirit. The Kingdom is all of the Spirit of Christ plus nothing. When you step into the reality of Christ as you, you get the trinity as you as well!
PURE IN HEART
Purity in the Kingdom sense means undiluted union with God. Satan soiled this union in the garden of Eden by precipitating Adam into seeking affinity with God by acquiring additives of his own in his own way. Adam was deceived into separation. In this state of un-being people can seek to gain the union they have lost by grasping at rites and usages. Since the cross union with God is once again ours. Separation was undone at the cross and we have the comfort and joy of oneness with God. This union is yours with Christ as your life. You are growing in fullness as a son/daughter of God.
DIVIDED HEART/DIVIDED US
Should we attempt to serve two masters - the old covenant and the new, the law and the Spirit, our union with God will be dulled and our light will be confused. Unless we are willing to forsake all our substitutes, fullness of spirit and life will not be ours. Should we attempt to interpret the new testament through the law, we will craft ourselves a lesser Jesus and a distorted gospel. Reading the Bible through religious glasses will shrink our minds and garble what could have been our new creation life.
ROOTED IN GOD
‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples’ John 15.5-8 NIV.
This is the incarnated life – you and God in communion because God in Christ has placed you in that communion. Live from where He has put you. It’s not about us ‘receiving Christ.’ It’s about living in the life in which we have already been received into oneness with God.