Life in the Spirit cannot flourish outside the new covenant. What is the new covenant? It is Christ in you. It is Christ your life. It is you and our Father woven together as one. The new covenant is life in the Spirit. The old covenant is life in the flesh, no matter how well-lived.
Life in the Spirit is synonymous with union with God.
The gifts do not work well in old covenant communities They cannot be maintained because of lack of root. Why? Life in the Spirit assumes union with God. Life in the Spirit – is ourselves being the fruit of His Vine. The anointing and the gifts, cannot function properly when we live in separation from God. But separated is what we are when imprisoned in the law.
‘What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?’ Rom 7.24 NIV. The body of death is a self- imposed separation that is our status in dead Adam and ‘words on stone’ Moses. It’s the opposite to our new covenant inheritance of Christ our life. You are alive in Christ because this side of the cross, you are the manifestation of Jesus. Our spirit is alive because Christ has come in our flesh. With the law come in our flesh we are a dead man walking.
As it happens, no Christian is separated from God. But the fact is, that we create our own reality. This means that, if we believe old covenant we live old covenant. You create your own world. We will live old covenant in everyday life when we live in an old covenant mindset. Adamic separation and Mosaic insulation from God will be the reality in which we live – this body of death. This is why we are called to believe the truth. It sets us free. We can’t just make up our own gospel and call ourselves part of the Body of Christ – because we belong to a dead body of our own insistence. Don’t live in delusions of the Enemy. Old covenant usage in the new covenant age is a continuation of the fall. It’s a ploy of the Enemy to undo the cross.
‘Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn’ Isa 51.1 NIV. Here the prophet calls on the people to be part of God. There was fellowship with God in the old testament but none lived interwoven with God that is our present inheritance in the incarnation. It is the work of the antichrist spirit to suffocate this union and reduce people to the motions and externalities of religion.
‘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.
You have union with God. It is your inheritance and possession. Embrace it. Abandon revisionist gospels and ‘other gospels’. They cripple your soul, distort and quench the gifts and hinder the Kingdom. Stephen Crosby has this advice for prophetics and all who would operate well in the gifts.
“It is critical for prophetics to understand that they operate in this new [covenant] way of living and being. Being prophetic means more than knowing my gift, exercising it, and impressing people with it. Being prophetic is about integrating well into the new cosmos with my gift.” (1)
‘Activating your gift’ will not end well if we have not entered our union with God where we enjoy the wholeness of daughters and sons. An attempted charismatic life ‘bolted on’ to an old covenant existence causes emotional disease, flaky prophecy and an increasingly moribund community life.
PART OF THE VINE
You are part of the vine. Live from it. Avoid leaf diseases like powdery mildew in your vine by living from where you have been grafted – into the very fellowship of the God. You are interwoven into the Holy Family and this Family lives in you.
‘Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation’ Gal 6.15 NIV.
The law is irrelevant to your life. What is relevant is this: Christ in you. Christ come in your flesh. The Spirit of Jesus manifesting as Jill and George and everyone.
Operating in the gifts as Kingdom People is about being rooted in our Father as daughters and sons. The ‘new cosmos’ here mentioned is your union with God, the undoing of your life in Adam and the beginning and progress of your life in Jesus. This is not a life doing Christian things so much as life that is Christ as you. One is religion and the other is incarnation, Kingdom and new creation living.
(1) Crosby, Stephen. The New Testament Prophet: Understanding the Mind, Temperament, and Calling (Kindle Locations 1133-1135). . Kindle Edition.