In oneness with Jesus we are gifted the ability to distinguish between life and non-life, religion and Kingdom and the spirit from the flesh. You can live in the Spirit if you dare. And if you care more about life than you do about religion. When Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life,’ He was telling us to live in the Spirit. The only way He can be our life is in the Spirit. Sure, we can be graced with some life in religion but only with drops rather than with rivers of living water. The cost of living from the law rather than from Christ our life is non-life instead of spirit and life.
THE LAW IS THE FLESH
‘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 was spirit and life because He lives His Father’s life. We are spirit and life when Jesus is our life.
PURE IN HEART
Being pure in heart is an advantage. Jesus said that the pure in heart ‘see’ God. Meaning that an undiluted commitment* to life and the One who is life will position us in the light of God. Here we will see God as God is, know ourselves as we are and have an accurate knowledge of what God has achieved for us. Oneness with Christ is the key to seeing accurately and being alive fully.
Spiritual discernment is the difference in living in Christ’s Gospel rather than an almost gospel. There is a one letter difference between a life and a lie.
With a pure heart we will flourish in God’s gospel and find liberation from distorted gospels of our own.
PANDEMIC OF LEGALISM
“Since most people do not have a solid foundation of the gospel of grace, they are easily persuaded by various forms of legalism being poured into them over a period of many years. They have little or no idea they have been exposed to it, similar to asbestos poisoning hidden inside their own walls.
They are programmed to think a certain way about God and the Bible, and it’s a big challenge for people to change their thinking, especially when much of what they’ve been told has been held onto as a sacred and personal part of their belief system.
Grace seems too easy. It sounds too good to be true, right? There must be more to it! They’ll plead for teaching that is more centered on them, asking, “How can I be a better servant? Tell me what I need to do instead!” (1) This is the trap of many who have condemned themselves to non-life of inherited beliefs.
I hade been listening to a Christian song entitled ‘Breathe on Me.’ This is a good request because it reveals a longing to have the life of God breathed into our soul and over our being. There’s nothing more important than an alive spirit.
Jesus breathed on the disciples to receive His life. This was the re-breathing of the creation. The resurrection of the human race that ensures the realisation of the original breathing of the life of God into Adam and Eve. Only this time we are breathed by the life-giving spirit who is Jesus Christ.
God’s breath has been breathed over you in the person of Jesus and His continuing ministry. Jesus is your life and breath of God. In Jesus you are not just breathed on. You are incarnated with the triune God.
I would not want to discourage people from asking for a special anointing, a special breath of God for some special occasion or for some new venture for God. Having said this we need to know that in this age the fullness of God dwells in us bodily. The trinity lives in us and we are in the circle of the trinity in the person of Jesus. Christ has come in our flesh just as Jesus of Nazareth was the son of God come in the flesh of Mary’s son. God not only lives in you. Jesus becomes the person you are by being Christ come in your flesh.
The words ‘breathe on me’ are mis-applied if we are using them in the hope of doing better at Christian performance and if we think that by using them we will be more successful in keeping some version of the law that we have inherited from our parents or those about us.
Let’s be clear. The gospel of Christ come in your flesh is here to share His being into your person. The anti-christ gospel is the law come as your life with the perverse notion that Jesus will aid you in keeping the law that He has already replaced with Himself.
‘I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist’ 2 John 1.7 NIV.
*We can deceive ourselves into the fiction that we are unconditionally for Jesus when we are actually addicted to our own ideas and always bending His gospel to suit our presuppositions.
(1) Kapler, Michael C.. Clash Of The Covenants: Escaping Religious Bondage Through The Grace Guarantee (Kindle Locations 189-195). Kindle Edition.