Are we offering the Gospel of Jesus and the apostles or are we offering a new iteration of church?
Attachment to formulae which is a form of law separates us from God in our minds and from our real selves. There is a real self in you that came from God and self that has been conditioned by the father of lies. The original is yours when Christ is your life, but slips away from us when we look for life in other things.
We are talking here of a lesser self that is the product of the surrounding atmosphere and climate of the knowledge of good and evil. This is why you are to live out of Christ and not out of a Belief System. In Christ you will have beliefs but it will be He who is your life and you will be the expression of Jesus.
To live from Jesus with Him as our life is to live from persons – the three personed God of the trinity. To live from religion is to live from abstractions that are impersonal and desiccating to your spirit and your soul. It’s easier to live from Christ than from religion. Religion is external to you. Christ your life is with you and in you.
‘You know him, for he lives with you and will be in you’ John 14.17 NIV.
Your inheritance in Christ is an incarnation – not a religion. ‘Realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NIV. You have been woven into God. This is state of being and personal fellowship with the triune God.
Law makes a religion of externalities. For this reason, any system of religion that is based on the law is profoundly mistaken. You would do well to understand this before you die because unless you do you will live out your entire life in a degree of death. Let’s call un-life what it is: Partial death. This is why a glass half-full is a deceit. It’s quite possible to minister from a framework of the knowledge of good and evil without being aware that we are selling short the Kingdom Jesus began by a long way.
You can do better than drops of water. You can produce rivers of life in the simplicity of Christ your life.
BEGINNING OF DEATH
In Adamic mode we can be quite unaware that we produce rivers of sand as a matter of course. Life in Adam’s knowledge of good and evil ends in the death of the body because it begins with the death of the spirit and the soul. Any teaching rooted in the knowledge of good and evil will be dry, usually boring and even if witty and humorous will be empty of spirit and life. Life begets life. Spirit begets spirit. Father begets sons and sons deliver the Kingdom of God.
Spirit and life is the opposite to law and death. Christ manifest in you is the opposite to this body of death. You and all of us marinated in Christ our life is the Body of Christ. The Body of Christ is active where we are is the new creation.
‘Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation’ Gal 6.15 NIV. What counts is Christ’s resurrected life active in you.
The new covenant age which began with the death of Jesus positions you in the company of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. You are no longer in separation as we were in Adam and Moses. Our radical gift and inheritance is that we and Father are one in the same manner as Jesus was one with His Father. Thus, His presence is not to be cajoled or manipulated by praise and worship or Holy Days and observances. We are holy because we have been joined to God and now have the capacity to ignite all things with His spirit and life.
Living from the law or religion we live from externalities. With Jesus as our life we live from our inner-most being and from our authentic selves.
Astute teachers know that life does not flow from the gifts and Holy Spirit talk. Life flows from union with God. Oneness is the basis of the gifts and the anointing – which is why the gifts come after the cross and not before it. Life and true knowing come from within our being when our being is one with God.
Francois Du Toit writes, “We thought we must get revelation to drop from our head to our heart, but that's where we've had it wrong all along! It's the other way round; your heart knows much better than your head! It's from your innermost being that rivers flow...knowing with persuasion that you are God's idea; that you began in him and not in your mother's womb; realizing that Jesus didn't come as an example for you but of you; that Jesus is what the scriptures are all about, then you'll discover that you are what Jesus is all about!”