‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NIV.
Some have made the perceptive observation that the new birth is not a one-off event. Sure it may signal our departure from religion to Jesus incarnated as us, but after that real growth occurs when we are reborn many times as revelation invites. Many re-births is just another name for ‘growth’, as opposed to stagnation.
Easter was a lesser Easter this year due to the covid virus. But the reality of Jesus in us is that we can have an Easter life rather than a day or two of coloured eggs and fish. In Christ we have an Easter life being always in His resurrection and one with His Spirit Person so that He has come in our physical body. Similarly Jesus in person is our rest from self-vindication and the fruitless attempt to be a sacrifice or find rest in observances and icons that have been replaced by His life as our life. The reality is that Christ is the entirety of our life as our life relates to God. He is the life of our soul and our relationships with each other.
TREES OF LIFE The glory of life is to be our real self, and for those of good intent to be the self that is our best self and more. But we can do this without stress and obsession because His yoke is easy and His burden is light. It’s a matter of living in the mystery of Christ as us and following where He leads. We can lead a stagnant Christian life and still get to heaven. Attached to the law you can self-generate a ration-legal culture that provides a passable Christian routine. But you inherit much more than that. Why live as a statue when you can be a living son of God?
A religio-legal methodology does little for our personhood that could not be accomplished by the non-believer. The incarnation continually produces forests of living trees and persons who are sons.
CHOOSE THE NEW
“As Paul recognized throughout his epistles, we still struggle with "the old self." The habits of our mind and body, programmed as they are by the pattern of the world (Rom. 12:2), continue in force. They have been crucified with Christ-they are in fact "old" yet we play an important role in recognizing this and thus in discarding them. Growth in the Christian life is primarily a matter of "put[ting] away [our] former way of life, [our] old self' and "be[ing] renewed in the spirit of [our] minds ... [clothing ourselves] with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness"
(Eph. 4:22-24). But this discipline is predicated on knowing who we already are in Christ. It is because of who we already are that we have the assurance of what we shall eventually become.” (1)
Jesus heals our life by joining us to God in Spirit and in Truth. The best healing takes place in company with those who are experiencing continuous healing themselves. Believers can make do with old covenant law/religion because that’s all they know or that is all they wish to know. Every act of Jesus’ healing and miraculous healing that occurs today points to the fact that our unhinged and unhealed lives are now healed by being united with Father.
The new covenant truth is that you and God are one. To promote the gifts and the anointing minus the new covenant is not Christ’s Gospel of the Kingdom. It’s like putting petrol in your car when you don’t really have a car.
There is one gospel of the Kingdom which is Christ is our life. He is for us and He is in us. He also manifests as us. This is Christ come in our flesh: The difference between His gospel and a non-gospel.
‘I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist’ 2 JOHN 1.7 NIV.
(1) Gregory A. Boyd. Repenting of Religion: Turning from Judgment to the Love of God (Kindle Locations 378-383). Kindle Edition.