Living as sons and daughters of God we can become life itself. Sons and daughters are alive by definition. The Spirit of Sonship is Father’s life expressed as you. Christ our life becomes us alive.
We can short-change ourselves by living in religion instead of in God. Religion is not spirituality. Genuine spirituality is never any kind of ‘externality.’ It’s union with God. Jesus described spirituality when speaking these words and John used the words ‘spirit and life’ to describe Jesus’ words and ministry.
‘You will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14,20.
Once we agree to be received into Jesus, we are received into His life and the life of our Father and Holy Spirit. We have been absorbed into the fullness of personhood and the completeness of humanity. More than this we have been made one with life itself which is spirit manifesting in diversity. God does not always give us things to do. He gives us the opportunity ‘to be.’ To be a son/daughter of God. It’s out of this being that the branches of the vine come to bear fruit that is spiritually alive. In this union – the same union Jesus had with His Father – you are never a dead man talking or a dead woman walking.
Since the cross, we are one with Him and God is one with us. This is wholeness and life. It is this spirit and life within that imparts spirit to our every external act. Our spirit is alive, and we are cease being sellers of religion. We become ministers of new covenant spirit and life.
“Our union with Christ further reveals that because the same Spirit that awakened the body of Jesus from the dead inhabits us, we equally participate in his resurrection. In the same act of authority whereby God raised Jesus from the dead, he co-restores your body to life by his indwelling Spirit” Roman 8.11 Mirror Bible.
A spiritually alive person is more subtle than obvious. Alive in the Spirit they release the life of God by being themselves. Genuine spirituality is never any kind of externality. It’s not virtue signaling or any kind of performance orientation. Neither is it the validation of our credentials before God. Spirituality is Christ as you.
The deeper you dig in separatist religion*, the more you enter the catacombs of spiritual death – all that is opposite to Christ’s spirit and life. Law-based religion has death as its heart. Christ our life us un-adulterated life.
This is why the law is not spiritual or life-giving. Abstractions never are. Don’t attach yourself to the law even by one item of observance. Spirit and life comes from Christ in your being. It’s Christ as you. In this new and living way you will be authentically alive. You will be spiritual, not pious. You will be life-giving, not a distributer of a disguised form of death.
*Religion that denies the atonement and incarnation.