“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.
With Christ as your life, you are spirit and life.
We are surrounded by the presence of God. God is with us and God is in us. This is the prize of the post cross age. Even before the cross God indicated that He did not live in temples made with hands. Moses of the burning bush knew this as did David of the Psalms and the sheep. They were aware of God - not as an object but as their life.
THE LIVING WAY
Yet God was not in people in the way that He is in us today. In this new and living way God is woven into our being in Jesus Christ. These days are better than ‘the days of Elijah’. The trinity is incarnated in you and in us. This is why any Believer in the new testament era is ‘greater than John the Baptist’. The trinity is in you.
‘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.
NOT RELIGION. IS INCARNATION
What is His teaching? It’s that Jesus is your life. You are in Christ and Christ is in you. Let’s be clear. ‘In Christ’ is not ‘doing Christianity’. In Christ is Christ expressed as you.
Francois Du Toit writes of Jesus, "He vanished from their sight" because Jesus could no longer be any more present in his physical body on earth than what he is present in the Word incarnate in us! Mankind's co-Ascension in Christ is the culmination of the gospel! Eph 2:5,6 Col 3:1-3.
REAL PRESENCE God is not somewhere else. He is not in some other place more religious than under your clothesline or around your barbeque. He is in you and in us. God is not more present and some days than other days. He is present every day. The chief sacrament is not the wine and the bread. The reality is His life as your life.
Many of us when called on to give a devotional, read a passage from a book. This might be because we are short on time. But might it not be because we have no real life with God so must enlist the aid of someone who has. So we dig up a piece of religion? We have no life because we have divided our life into our life and His life? Jesus is much more than ‘doing life with us.’ He is our life.
You might be surprised at how many think of ‘spirit and life’ as ‘new age.’ Not so surprised when Jesus who was life in Himself was accused of ‘having a demon.’ But it’s always so with religion because religion is the ultra-subtle counterfeit of life without limit. It issues from the pit.
When we live as who we are, as sons – when Christ is our life, we are life personified. As a result we speak words of spirit and life. We live spirit and life because we are not living religion. Jesus is living as us.