PRAYERS OF BEING
Prayers are usually a reflection of our beliefs. It’s not a good thing to judge prayers. But I could not help noticing and.. well.. wincing inwardly. A friend of mine was praying once. He mentioned the cross and then went on about it at some length - earnestly. As earnest as he was, I felt that his attention was misplaced, that he had missed the point - the point that today it is not the cross that is key. The key is Christ in us active by His Spirit s a result of the cross.
The cross is the hinge of human history – but only because it marked the end of Adam and the beginning of Human life in Christ.
THE LORD’S BANQUET
The meaning of the Lord’s Table is less about the cross and more about His life in and through us. Thus, Jesus’ teaching on the living bread and His remark, ‘Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood you have no [Spirit] life in you. He meant that the essence of life and eternal life begins when we agree with Him that He is our life by the Spirit.
Without Christ as our life the cross has no effect. The vehicle of the cross and its power is Jesus present in us: The incarnation of the God-head is real in our being just as in Jesus. Today in us, as it was in Jesus, lives the fullness of the God-head bodily. This presence is real in us whether or not we feel something or feel nothing. The notion of His presence coming is real and at times this can be felt. It’s a witness to Christ’s reality. But His real presence is in us whether we feel something or nothing.
YOU THE HABITATION OF GOD
‘For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily’ Col 2.9 KJV. This presence is now in you and in us. We do not bring His presence by Sabbaths of disciplines like the Morning Watch. We enter His Presence by agreeing with Jesus that He, Father and Holy Spirit live in us. Those for whom Christ is life are better suited to life than those for whom bits and pieces are life.
THE BODY AS THE CHURCH
The big deal of the new covenant age is not the cross. Nor is it the baptism in the Spirit. It’s the incarnated life that is the harvest of the cross.
Jesus builds His own life in you. This is what the new covenant is: This is His spiritually body as you, as the church, as the Kingdom and the new creation.
‘And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me’ Luke 22.19 NIV.
RIVERS OF LIFE
So the essence of the Kingdom of God is not about you being a good person. This is the effect. But the essence is our inclusion and belonging in God. It is important to believe in the core which is Christ our life, and not be locked into lesser things. Because what we believe is the reality, we create out of what we think ourselves to be. This is why right doctrine, right belief, being in alignment with what Jesus, Father and Spirit have done, gives life and purpose to our efforts. It’s the difference between us being busy-busy and us as rivers of spirit and life.
The beauty, fun and adventure of the incarnation is that trinity has entered our life!
You are reconciled to God totally. Baptism in the Holy Spirit comes second to the incantation because the incarnation is the means of its accomplishment. This was the essence of Pentecost.
Spiritual gifts are not life in the Spirit. The incarnation is life in the Spirit. It is the new covenant fact of the age and the reality of Kingdom life in each of us and the church. Christ is your life. He is our life. He is the new creation writ large in the church and the undoing of all that Adam began. The incarnation is His resurrection and life loosed into the world. In Him you are agents of new creation life.
By God in Christ, we have been enfolded in God.
‘Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them’ John 14.23 NIV.