THE INCARNATED LIFE IS NEW CREATION LIFE
Father gave us life. The Evil One gave us religion in place of life. Any gospel that starts with Christ and ends with the law is an enchantment. Any gospel that puts the onus on you to be worthy of Christ is a perversion from anti-christ.
‘For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself’ John 5.26 NIV.
LIFE IN YOU
The powerful dynamic of the new testament era is life itself - life in the form of Jesus Christ in human beings and manifest through them. The ‘new’ of the new and living way and the ‘new’ of the new covenant is not the anointing, the gifts of the Spirit or a clever way to do the law. The ‘new’ of the new and living way is the vicarious humanity of Christ.
This Christ- life itself is God incarnate in human beings - Christ come in the flesh as Peter states: This is the difference between the gospel of the kingdom and all false, neutered and ‘other’ gospels inspired by doctrines of demons. All gifts and anointing are the effects of Christ come in His people.
It is Christ our life who is Spirit and truth in our being. Thus Jesus declared, “Believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth’ John 4.20-24 NIV.
One cannot join oneself to the law or a performance orientation and worship in spirit and truth. Neither can we live in religion and be in spirit and in truth. This means that we need to fully enter the new covenant provision of Christ our life to live in the Spirit. Here we are one with our Father in the Spirit. Here we are also in truth because we are aligned with what God has done in Christ.
The incarnation is the life of God manifest in His people. It is heaven’s life come to earth. It is grace active in the person of Jesus and manifest in the Believer. The incarnation is Christ manifest as His people. This is Christ multiplied, Christ writ large. This is the church Jesus builds in spirit and truth. As Jesus declared - times, places of worship, rites and behaviors, special apparel, the eating of special food - mean nothing. What counts is Christ in you, Christ in us all as the new creation.
‘Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation’ Gal 6.15 NIV.
YOUR INHERITANCE IS A SABBATH LIFE
The effect of the cross and Christ in you is simply this: You and our Father are one. This is the genesis of the new creation and the Kingdom of God writ large in the earth. This is the result of ‘Nothing but the blood of Jesus’ and the ‘new covenant in Christ’s blood.’ The inclusiveness of God, of the trinity, has absorbed you, has drawn us, into the presence of God. As a result the life of heaven is manifest in the world through His people.
Now our spirit lives in God and God lives in us. Surrounded by His being we are nurtured in the certainty of His love, strengthened in the reality of our belonging and transformed by His life. The real transformers are not those clanky objects in the Marvel movies. The transformers are you - the sons and daughters of God.