One need not know every detail of theology to be saved or to enjoy a present walk with God. But it does help to know Jesus as He is and His Gospel as it has been delivered – rather than live in a lesser gospel that dilutes our faith or cripples our being. It’s better to be a tree of life than a dead tree and a minister of living water rather than sand.
Having noted this, it is a mistake to be Biblically illiterate. Without sound Bible familiarity we become vulnerable to flaky ideas. Holy Spirit anointing is never an excuse for Bible ignorance. If we are lazy about Bible reading we cannot expect that what we think is Holy Spirit’s leading is always Holy Spirit. We make ourselves vulnerable to cunningly devised and widely believed fables.
We noted recently that the door to Kingdom life is not the Bible or Bible studies. The door is Jesus. He is the lens in which you are enfolded when you are reading the Bible in His life.
By the Spirit we are able to be in Christ because in the Spirit He is our life and we are His lens. Thus we will easily see that when Paul writes, ‘I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!’ we understand that any strand of teaching that ties us to the law did not originate with God.
STARTS WITH BEING
An accurate meaning of the Bible will not be known outside a personal life that is Christ our life. It’s not a simple exercise in comprehension. It’s being one with God in terms of being one with His being and participating in our inheritance. What is this inheritance? It is a realization and an embracing of the fact that ‘I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20. Truth in fullness will be revealed as we live in new covenant union with God.
Sonship is not found in an assent to words. Sonship is being one with God.
We need to take note of the fact that the pure in heart see God and know God’s plan and our place in it. ‘Pure’ means undivided loyalty as in not being more loyal to a church, ministry or denomination than we are to Jesus. (We might think loyalty to a church is loyalty to Jesus but it’s not. Not in spirit or in everyday living).
There’s an interwoveness between you and God that is yours if you embrace this union in terms of selling all you have to buy the pearl of great price. You will not get it or possess it if you are not willing to yield extraneous identities and long-held ideas to Jesus at the cross. Don’t expect to rightly divide the word of truth if your idol is your church. You have one Husband. What counts is the mind of Christ.
Interwoveness with God is the essence of the new covenant in which we and our Father are one. In this age we can be the representative and mouthpiece of God by living in this REALIZATION. What realization? ‘On that day you WILL REALIZE that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20. To SO REALIZE is to live in the REALITY in which Jesus lived. Union with Father. As such we are distributors of His spirit and life. This is the soil of competent Kingdom ministry.
‘He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant - not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life’ 2 Cor 3.6 NIV. This Spirit-life is the presence of God flowing from you. It is the effect of union with God – a union that belongs to all but which is not lived in by all.
WELL MEANT DROPS
Recently a sincere Christian lady sought to bless me my seizing on a good text of scripture and reading it to me. As well-meaning as she was, she still lived in the separation of the old covenant and had no knowledge of Holy Spirit anointing. We can bless others in this mode. But with drops, not rivers of life. New covenant living – living in our union with God rather than in the externalities of the shadows of law and religion, we are competent to minister with Jesus releasing spirit and life by being ourselves – not just by recitations of scripture. As such people can sense the Spirit of God in us and on us. This is because in our persons we are one with God and have become channels of His spirit and life.
PRAYER FOR REAL LIFE
The essence of the Kingdom is incarnation. Oneness with God is the opposite to separation from God in the law.
Pray this prayer: “Father, you know me inside-out! Free me thoroughly from any hidden alliance with the old system of performance based living!” Matt 6:13 Mirror Bible.
You were released from this captivity when Jesus declared, ‘It is finished!’