SOWING THE NEW CREATION
‘Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation’ Gal 6.15 NIV. The New Creation is Christ your life. The New Creation is the Father expressed as you, His Son/Daughter. The new creation is effected by the incarnation. This is not adherence to a doctrine. It the state of union with God that has become yours since the cross.
If you have any familiarity with misers, you will know that they think they are poor when they are not. They live in a poverty mentality. This is the equivalent of the Christian living from an overcoming sin perspective when we could be living Christ our life. Miser religion is life in the law.
In God we live and move and have our being. Or we don’t. Because we have our being in our own ideas, our own cult of material prosperity, own our cult of religion or our own miser cult of religious scarcity and scavenging.
‘For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring’ Acts 17.28 NIV. We have more than enough in Christ our life.
The plan of salvation is about the honour of our Father and the nobility of the sons/daughters of God. Entailed in this is our belonging and the drawing of all human beings into the belonging that is theirs – not as alienated sons of God but as the reconciled sons of God who live in communion with the trinity.
God is both one and three. To live in Him and be with God is to be enfolded in reality and to be tutored and nurtured into becoming the real you as a daughter and a son. The real earth – the product of real people who are sons/daughters of God is the unfolding new creation. No matter how doctrinally sincere they may be - truth and life is not found in those who kill the earth.
The new creation is not mutton dressed up as lamb. It’s not the law with a ‘Jesus gloss.’ The new creation is Christ as you.
‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!’ 2 Cor 5.17 NIV.
PLAN OF SPIRIT AND LIFE
The plan of which Paul speaks has little to do with the law and is not about the keeping of it. It’s about the drawing of humanity into the fullness of a life in God. This has been achieved in the atonement that precipitates the incarnation – when Christ came among us in the flesh and because Christ has come by the Spirit into you. Paul writes,
‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.
In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.
With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ’ Eph 1.3-10 NIV.
Indoctrination in the law produces a culture of small righteousness,
an obsession with sin and a mind-set of sin-consciousness that is counterproductive, life-denying, ungodly and dehumanising. It alienates non-believers and denies Believers the hope, spirit and life that is theirs as a result of Christ come in their flesh.
Rants against sinners are not the message of Christ. His message is an invitation to come to be in Him to participate in His life.
A life in God is about joy and well-being. Real life is the sharing of the life of the trinity. Real life is in the re-birth of the false self into the real self. The I AM of you is not your achievements. It’s the becoming of you to be the real person that you are by creation and re-creation.
Baxster Kruger puts it this way: “The Triune God created the world as the first act of a vast and almost inconceivably gracious scheme to lift the human race into the circle of the Trinitarian life itself.
Creation serves the higher purpose of adoption. Unto this end the incarnation of the Son was predestined, for there could never be a union between the Trinity and humanity without the most profound stooping on God's part-a stooping which would establish real and actual union between the life of God and human existence.
So Paul tells us that we were predestined to adoption before the foundation of the world and that our adoption was predestined to be accomplished "through Jesus Christ" (EPH 1:5). Adoption is the eternal point. Creation is the beginning, the first step toward its fulfilment, which prepares the way for the incarnation of the Son and the accomplishment of our adoption in him.”
Spiritual gifts do not make us sons/daughters of God. The anointing does not make the Kingdom appear. The Kingdom appeared when Jesus cried, ‘It is finished!’ It entered our world when Jesus rose from the dead and was certified with power at Pentecost.
CAUSE AND EFFECT
But the gifts, miracles and signs are not the Kingdom of God. Union with God is the Kingdom of God. This means that we do not live the Kingdom when we live in a mindset of separation. The Kingdom is us when we are incarnated with the trinity and living in this reality. This is the soil of the anointing and the gifts. Acts follows the gospel for a reason. The Gospel of the Kingdom is graced union with God. This is healing to which all secondary healing points.
Incarnation - Christ come in our flesh - is foundational because as Christ lives in us we are recreated in His image from the inside. We also come to know Him as He is because of the witness of His Spirit within. The Son knows the Father and bears witness to our spirit from within our being. The Son alive in us generates the new creation as we build life-giving structures and communities that become the common-wealth of the world.
While religion can become a realm of piety and separation from ordinary life, Godliness is God incarnated in us and the society we build. Holiness is God in the Everyday. The achievement of salvation is union with God. Ministers of the new covenant live to invite all to enter that union with God and enjoy the participation in His life that is already theirs. We don’t have to repent to get this life. It’s already ours. What we do need to repent of is living in independence of it as a religion or in rebellion.
‘To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation’ Rev 3.14 NIV.