Life in the Spirit is free and unconstrained. Yet it is not nebulous. It is not a vapour because it is Christ come in our flesh and as a result our humanity is enlarged and ignited with divine life – not pious life - but the spirit and life that Jesus distributed. This is the water of life in spirit and in truth. In the Spirit you are the manifestation of solid Kingdom Life. You are the expression of the trinity.
JESUS MANIFEST – AS YOU
It is for this reason that what we consider as the church must be Jesus manifest as us and not Jesus as an institutionalised burocracy. I have stated before that what is often construed as the church is a manifestation of the letter – a diluted, yet suffocating form of legalism that can deny life in the Spirit in the very act of healing the sick and speaking prophecy. We need to come to terms with the fact that a relationship with church may not be a relationship with God but a relationship with ourselves.
The manifest presence of Christ is you. You incarnated with the triune God. God is in you and with you whether or not you can feel Him. Jesus does reveal His presence but He is just as much in you and with y0u when the gifts and manifestations are not happening. The Gospel of the Kingdom is not the gifts. It’s the incarnation – the result of Christ’s finished atonement in you.
Paul spoke of Christ our life because His (Jesus) life has been ordained by heaven to be us. This is the incarnation in praxis. At the cross, Jesus threw the one ring into the fires of Mt Doom. Adam was made extinct and God was installed in human beings by the Spirit of the Son of Man. The Lord of the Rings is the story of a king and others who refused to toss the one ring into oblivion when they had the opportunity. Thus its carnal power kept re-constituting and resurfacing throughout the ages in the form of orcs and evil powers. It’s a parable of the post cross age.
What does it mean to deny the one ring? It means that we cease being our life and rest in the fact that Christ will be our life. WE INVITE JESUS TO BECOME US as individuals and as the church. This is quite different to ‘living a good Christian life.’ It is incarnation. Incarnation is manifestation of the trinity in you and as you.
Since the cross all can be the expression of our Father because we are woven into His being. Living from any ‘thing,’ any abstraction, any system of belief, from legalism or from a Christian performance mentality denies God, dishonours the cross and denies who we can be in Christ: The sons of God. Living from institutions and constructs congeals us into that which we are not. How often have we groaned as sincere leaders attempt to fit people into a slot to carry out a church agenda? Here misguided but sincere members try to serve in roles for which they are not suited and have no real desire to fulfil, except as a result of an imposed sense of duty. When the Son sets us free we will be really free. When the Son is our life we will be sons who impart life as Bill and Mavis.
YOU AS JESUS MANIFEST
The gifts added to Adam are a monstrosity. The gifts added to Moses will fade and disappoint. The gifts added to Christ our life are holy and properly positioned as fruit of the Vine. With Jesus as our life, we are rebirthed and re-created into the persons we really are. We become the sons who were foreseen when the trinity thought us into being and the daughters we actually are becoming as we are drawn into our identity in Jesus. This is why the new covenant version of ourselves as the expression of Christ is a must and the Adamic distortions of old covenant ways of being must be abandoned. It is only as we rest in the fact of Christ our life that we can be who we really are as sons and daughters of God. In this course of action, we become the church that is the Bride of and the Enemy is defeated.
None of us need die as babies when we can all start the next part of our life as sons and daughters of God.
MATURING AS DAUGHTERS AND SONS
‘Coming to terms with our type is a rite of passage, a sacred experience that should be owned by each of us when we are ready for it. Additionally, for the first few decades of life, we’re still coming into our own sense of self, stretching the limits of our personalities and psyches. Having the freedom to do that without our type being assumed for us by a caregiver [or significant other] allows necessary personal development to remain unhindered.’ (1) It also propels the Kingdom of God because it allows all to be the community of kingly priests who reign and are fruitful in their sphere as themselves rather than a clone of something else.
(1) Heuertz, Christopher L.. The Sacred Enneagram: Finding Your Unique Path to Spiritual Growth (p. 58). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.