THE CHRIST INCARNATED LIFE is important because it is different to living in the mirage rather than the reality. Christ our life is the Reality. Christianity as religion is the mirage.
Reality is Christ. Reality as you is Christ your life.
All of us, in our individuality and uniqueness can be an expression of Christ. The fullness of Christ is seen when we are are alive in all that He is and all that He has accomplished for us. As the expression of His person, we are the church Jesus builds.
CHRIST AS YOU
We can belong to the Body of Christ without being a manifestation of Christ. Why? Because we have been led to believe that godliness is religion. But Godliness may not be ‘Christianity.’ Not if we are living it as religion rather than as persons incarnated with Christ. In this mode we are the manifestation of the Father as the sons and daughters of God. Since we become what we think we are we need see ourselves as a manifestation of the Spirit. In the post cross age the main manifestation of the Spirit is you as per Christ our life.
This life, the life of the resurrection and re-birth of humanity begins when Jesus comes out of the tomb and commences to be the life of all who receive Him. The new creation that is Christ our life began on the eighth day. He is the resurrection of the dead writ large in His people. This begins for us when we receive Him as our life. It begins for us individually and for the church when we abandon the old covenant to live in the new.
‘I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me’ Gal 2.20 NIV.
As I wrote at the start of this post, we can be unique and different because we are distinct persons. But here is the point. We can be different because we are living in the old covenant instead of the new. Or different because we have embraced our new covenant life and have left the old behind. This is the difference between Kingdom and religion, spirit and flesh, life and death.
COMPETENT AS LIFE MINISTERS
‘He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant--not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life’ 2 Cor 3.6 NIV.
We are talking the difference between the old life and the new birth, the Adamic creation and the New Creation that is Christ as us. Here we are different because we have agreed with Father that His Son is incarnated in us and He is our life. And different because we are filled with spirit and life instead of being stagnant in the letter. There is a real difference here. Our choice determines whether we - as individuals - will minister well intentioned religion or the Kingdom of God’s life.
The eighth day shouts life. The seventh day does not. The latter is a symbol and a relic of the old covenant, the law and the knowledge of good and evil. The eighth day is Resurrection. It is the reality of new life, of infinite and eternal life and the exponential growth of the new creation. The eighth day is a prelude to Pentecost and the life of the trinity incarnated in human beings. But it is not a Sabbath. It is not even holy and no more sanctified than a Wednesday or a Tuesday. Because Christ alone is our rest and our life - all of it.