Many people live in a bi-polar world. The world is not divided into right and left. People have divided it - but this separation is entirely artificial. The world just is. There is a division that Jesus talked of. This division is life as opposed to non-life. People, institutions, societies and nations may be divided into those who multiply life and those who deplete it. Whether we are life-multipliers depends on our attitude to truth. Is truth what suits us or is truth the expression of all that is alive.
We live in a season when lying has become a political strategy. And in a time when many the ideas of the ignorant rival the ideas of the informed and the obsession of the masses are manifestly stupid. This has come about because there is no center, not hub, no plumb-line to by which wisdom can be compared to ignorance. It’s particularly disappointing when segments of the Christian Church are purveyors of this futility. As a perceptive person wrote in The Age this morning, ‘Rome is falling.’
You can minister a gospel of the glass half full. Or you can minister the gospel of the overflowing glass.
‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full’ John 10.10. Jesus never promised you are half-life. Your gift from Him is life without limit. All degradation, limitation and dilution of life to the full is a product of the lie and the father of lies.
NO SCARCITY HERE
God’s plan is that you have as much life as God has – unlimited life. We have that life when we agree that we are in Christ and as such drawn into the completeness of the life that is His. “Thomas Torrance uses the words, “ deo semper maior ” – God is always greater than anything we could ever think or ever say about God. So it’s only in a participatory relation, when we actually come to know the love of God in Christ.” (1) It’s a state of being so we must be baptised into Him.
BAPTISED IN TO LIFE. – NOT WORDS
The law robs life of life.
The law looks substantial but has no substance.
Christ your life is you as your best you.
Christ your life is you as an agent of the new creation.
The law as your life is you as a son of the father of lies – a tare.
HIS TREASURE, OUR TREASURE
When Christ is our life we come to experience that which is Christ’s – His relationship with Father and Holy Spirit. When Christ is our life we enter ‘deep God.’ This is to say immersion in the river of life since God is life personified. This state of being is prior to the gifts of the Spirit and indeed has to be. Because the outpouring and the gifts are the effect and result of our new covenant union with God.
Know that the gifts are not life in the Spirit.
If life is truth and truth is life, life is also love that is real and uncontrived. This is because the love is not sputtering from our attempts to live it but because it is the natural effect of Jesus manifesting as us. ‘Love’ that is paying off God or attempting to pay back Jesus is not love. It’s just guilt driving attempted holiness – religion. There is a love that is spontaneous and an outflow of our person because it’s Christ in us doing the loving.
“There’s a wonderful story about Major Ian Thomas that illustrates this. He became a Christian when he was in high school, and he became a whirlwind of activity for Christ in high school and all through college. This went on for about seven years until he burned himself out. One night in desperation, in despair, he got down on his knees by his bed and he prayed. He knew that God was going to be terribly disappointed that he’d reached this point of crisis in his life, and so he said, “Lord, for the last seven years, I’ve done everything in my power to live my life for you. I tried to bear witness in the gospel, I tried to being faithful, but I’m sorry, I just don’t have what it takes to be a Christian. I’m sorry, I quit.”
Thomas said, “I thought that Christ was going to be very disappointed.” But he said, “No sooner than those words left my mouth, I sensed Christ breathe a great sigh of relief. It was as if Christ was saying to me, “for seven years, with great dedication and misguided zeal, you’ve been trying to live a life for me that only I can live through you, and finally, I’m in business.” Thomas went back and read the New Testament, and he was amazed at how much there is about this in the New Testament. “It’s no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” Or in John 15, “I am the vine, you are the branches. If the branch remains in me it bears much fruit, apart from me you can do nothing.” (2)
Alive in Christ we are life-imparters. We are not stuck on ideology or perspective. Christ is our life. The trinity live in us and we have what they have and we are who they are. Not Gods but sons and daughters of God.