God declares us not only sons and daughters of God but kings and priests who mediate His life.
“Jesus achieved from within our estrangement a life of perfect and unbroken fellowship with the Father in which his whole life not only corresponded in the amen of truth to the Father’s will, but in which he offered in our name a life of perfect faith and confidence and trust and love and thanksgiving and praise.” (1)
GET A HOLD OF YOUR TREASURE
‘But what does Scripture say? ‘Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman's son’ Gal 4.30 NIV. Our inheritance is union with God. Here Paul is defining slaves as those who will not make the post-cross transition to Christ our life.
Any gospel that retains us in the law or presents Christ as the champion of the law is not the Gospel of Jesus, Paul and John.
Thus, in Christ we are in union with our Father and in this union we become who we are as sons and daughters of God and worshipers in spirit and in truth. We are never authentic worshipers in the law, where we are sons of the slave woman as Paul emphasises but we are genuine worshipers in Christ as our life as Jesus assured the Woman at The Well.
If we are merely the product of a church we will be small in Kingdom effectiveness, producing little spirit and life. If we are the expression of Jesus we will be rivers of living water and live as the church that Jesus builds without human hands. Jesus is not the church, a denomination, any belief or ‘thing.’ He is Himself as I AM and the personification of love and life. Nevertheless, Jesus is the church when we are the manifestation of His person as a fact and in spirit and in truth.
EVERYTHNG OR NOTHING
‘The church as a designation of the letter is a nothing. The church as the expression of Jesus in Bill and Mary is everything.’
Jesus multiplied spirit and life because He and Father were one. There was no separation between Jesus, Father and Holy Spirit. He lived in this union and as a result possessed and multiplied life without limit. This union is your union and our union today and everyday.
All this is ours today. We have what Jesus had when we have Jesus and not lesser entities like the law, a moral program or an attachment to a religious miasma. We need to run a fact check on ourselves periodically to determine who or what is our Christ. When Jesus is our Lord we have this amazing inheritance of Christ in us and more. The trinity dwells in us and is perpetually with us. There is no separation between the Believer and God in the New Testament age - if the Believer believes what God believes about us.
GET WITH GOD’S STORY
By aligning ourselves with the narrative of Jesus and the apostles teaching we overcome the lies of the Enemy and live in the mindset of truth and life. Mindsets are important because they determine the reality we create around ourselves. We can possess a mindset that is largely cunningly devised fable or the mindset of the trinity, the apostles and those who inherit the gospel of the authentic gospel of the Kingdom. Do a fact check and find out if ‘your gospel’ is Christ’s gospel.
SPIRITUALITY IS NOT RELIGION
The secular realm in our county is outraged by an embedded abuse of women. But the externalities of laws and education will not overcome the carnality embedded in hearts that take advantage and abuse when the opportunity appears. The humanity of Christ within the life, known as Christ our life makes us people who live for others rather than for personal lust.
Spirituality is union with God. It is much more than sin management. It is oneness with God.
SONS ARE ONE WITH FATHER
Yoked to the law we are unable to be spiritual people. It leaves us separated from God in externalities, separated from fulsome union with God and separated from our true selves and from others. Here we can be religious people, but not spiritual in the sense that Jesus envisaged when He said, ‘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.
This is spirituality: Interwoveness with God.
In this state of union we are the branches of the vine whose roots are in the trinity. We are sons in spirit and in truth and are the manifestation of life, righteousness and the agents of bringing heaven to the places where we live on earth.
‘The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirit and life’ John 6.63 NIV.
Spirit and life have great relevance to ministry, pastoring and spiritual leadership. Religion and law would cast our communal life institutionally as a structure of the letter that kills. The letter always kills. This fact is foundational for the building of the Kingdom of God.
Jesus had authority that far exceeded the scribes. What might be a scribe today? I believe it’s the difference between a worker and a son, between our living in the law and Christ our life.
The church can be the Body conceptually or it can be the actual manifestation of Jesus in people. This is so when we have made Jesus our life and agree with Him that He is us.
The Kingdom is a state of being in which we are an actual manifestation of Christ. It’s not idealistic to expect the church to be what Jesus designed it to be: The expression of Himself in unity and diversity. It just obedience. And living from His gospel rather than a ‘gospel of the church.’ We can talk all we like about church growth. But if the individuals who make up a church are not incarnated, not Christ come in their flesh and attempting to ‘copy Christ’ such a church is a something and nothing. We can no more copy Jesus than the Jews could keep the law.
‘Every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world’ 1 John 4.3 NIV. Any spirit that advocates the law come in the flesh; that starts with Christ and ends with the law, defines itself as what it is – a flse gospel originating in the spirit of anti-christ.
The new and living way is Christ come in our flesh with the result that Jesus manifests as us. This is grace to the full and an infinite life in which Jesus manifests in us, in the church and in society.
(1) Thomas Torrance, The Mediation of Christ, p 124.