LIFE IS CHRIST
Life is a person. When Christ is your life, life is you. You are not a function of law or morality. You are the expression of Jesus Christ. You are a daughter/ son. Many of us need to understand who we are, where we have come from and the fullness of our potential as individuals and as sons. As an expression of Jesus Christ in person, you are a representative of Him as the way, the truth and the life. You are an apostolic you.
WHO ARE YOU?
Knowing ourselves in whom we are, as we are, we are empowered to be the church Jesus envisaged. The following quote comes from J Baxter Kruger’s novel, Patmos and before that from the book of John. ‘. . . and the Word was face to face with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning face to face with God. All things came into being by him; and apart from him nothing came into being that has come into being. In him life was; and the life was the light of men.’
Notice that this is the son and the Father. Understand that the Son’s ‘BEGOTTENNESS’ is a statement of being and not of time. Absorb the emphasis on face to face union with God. This is their essence and the essence of their fellowship and communion. The point is that it also describes our fellowship with God when Christ is our life. This is a life meant to be lived as an incarnation. Never as a religion.
All that exists came into existence through The Word who is the Son and the logos – the reason and purpose of all that is. Jesus of Nazareth is this Word. He joins us to heaven and is the ‘way’ that heaven lives in humanity. In Christ we become ‘His Word.’
‘The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.’ This is why sons/daughters of God live in the Son of God.
JOINED TO LIFE
‘In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind’ John 1.4 NIV.
Jesus joins us to the Trinitarian source of infinite life and the correct understanding of all things. As Son of man and son of God Jesus is the completeness of our life and the light who reveals things as they really are rather than as they appear. Living in the light of life, we have spiritual discernment, rather than opinions.
By receiving Jesus as our life, we too possess this life – I mean the life described in the quote above. This is why John says, ‘Those who have the son have life. Those who do not have the son do not have life.’ I have seen both in people. Those in the former category have a quiet authority – the authority Jesus had as distinct from the purveyors of religion. Those in the latter category, as sincere and busy as they may be, remain essentially clouds without rain. Ok. Maybe a mist.
Sometimes they remain in their bubble because of poor teaching. They know better, they think. Other folks remain because they have a dog and bone attitude to what they already believe. Others like a politician who denies climate change are motivated by self-interest. The Pharisees, unwittingly rejected Life when He came among them because they were more attached to their own life and its perks. We have an identity and a life in Christ our life that is actually alive and which is really glorious in that it involves a healed self becoming the authentic Bill, Jane, Mabel and Mervyn.