‘Jesus is us’ both as justification and sanctification. He is our life. ‘In Him is life and that life is the life of all who live.’ Because Jesus is literally our life we have this life to ignite our own being and impart this life to the world. The essence of the Kingdom is being – being one with God in the gift of union already ours. Christ our life is the spirit/life that fills our doing with the life of heaven. ‘In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind’ John 1.4 NIV. MORE THAN DOING For women there is a form of Godliness that is much more than busy-busy activity. For men there is a life more ignited than being active at church working bees or occupying a dignified seat on a platform. There is a level of life available that is unknown to the non- believer and the man or woman of religion. This is more than being a cog in the system of religious production. And much more than being a church-goer with a collection of moral qualities. It is life to the full. Available not to an elite but to all who will simply receive Jesus as their life. It comes to us by the mediation of Christ who as Himself mediates the life of the trinity to our being. LIVING ALIVE ‘Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me’ John 6.57 NIV. We either have a Jesus life or we have no spirit and life and are a religious husk living out externalities. Which means for Kingdom purposes we are dead people walking. We cannot walk in the law and the Spirit at the same time. It’s one or the other. Life in the Spirit is Christ in us, Christ as us. Life in the law/performance/religion is separation from God and removal from our real selves. PRIVILEGE OF HABITATION ‘Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your bodies’ 1 Cor 6.19,20 NIV. We bring honour to ourselves and glory to our bodies when Jesus is manifest as us! In a Jesus life one is a son of God. Here we are sons, not notionally but in spirit and in truth. We are not just human beings. We are the home and the expression of the fullness of the godhead bodily. Not deity but close to it – sons and daughters.
We are the sons of God filled with the Spirit of God. We occupy a position higher than the angels. There is no more elevated position in the universe under God. Our alpha and omega is that we came from God and are heading to God in our being, in the moment and in our destiny. The saying you are gods, is more than poetic. We are the sons of God. We were created so. We have been redeemed into this reality. What does that look like? As Francois du Toit says, ‘To see Jesus is to see yourself.’ As Jesus says, ‘When I look at you I see Myself. Not only do you have the spirit of Jesus Christ. You have His authority over circumstances and the Enemy.
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There is a reason why we need a Jesus life rather than a Christian life. One is alive and one is a life of externalities in which we live the shadow rather the reality. Christ your life is fullness of life, a state of being in which you are a life-giving spirit with a body; a state in which Christ has come in your flesh, in which you are one with God and He One with you. He is your life and you are multiplying Him and what He began. There is nothing more exciting than the adventure of multiplying Jesus simply by being yourself in the Spirit of Sonship. The life of Christ in you is direct. Don’t stifle it with religion and law. THE SOURCE OF INCAPACITY You can be a sincere person and an active person attempting to use people and things as a mediator of life. Don’t expect to be healed or made whole in your person if activism or church is your life. With lesser mediators we can never be alive in spirit. Some of the most active Believers are dead people running. Certainly, we will be dead if anything like the law, performance or religion is our life. These are shadows of the real. The reality is Christ. Only He is alive and only He is spirit and life. Gifts of the Spirit and the anointing cannot be sustained from the garden of performance and law. They have no root and are not joined to their Source. The anointing it the result of our sonship – not the cause of it. YOU ARE ONE WITH FATHER ‘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. Jesus exuded spirit and life because He was one with our Father. So do we. ‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing’ John 15.5 NIV. In Jesus we are in God and He in us. In the law/flesh/performance we are in ourselves. Rooted in the trinity we are the expression of God where we are. CHANNELS OF INFINITE LIFE We shrink ourselves if we ignore the inheritance that is ours. We diminish God and impede the progress of the new creation when we live in substitutes and false mediators of life. Yet to live in union with God because this is our right and our reality is to be a channel of infinite life and to live in magnificent possibility. Yet we not only become potent as a representative of Father. We take on Fathers state of being. We get to live in the state called the Spirit of Sonship. In the Undoing of Adam, Baxter Kruger writes, “The Christian God is interested in relationship with us, and not just relationship, but union, and not just union, but such a union that everything He is and has—all glory and fullness, all joy and beauty and unbridled life—is to be shared with us and to become as much ours as it is His.” In the incarnation reality we are not aspiring to union with God. We have it. We live from union, from the comfort of this authority, fellowship and unique identity as sons in spirit and in truth. We are not living in this state figuratively or tentatively. We are in a state of being one with God as real as Jesus is real. You are living in Spirit and in truth because you and Father are one and you have said ‘Yes’ to Christ. This is the difference between living in God and living in words about God.