WE ARE MISSIONAL WHEN CHRIST AND NOT RELIGION IS OUR LIFE
‘And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter that he may abide with you forever. Even the Spirit of Truth whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you and shall be in you’. (John 14:16-17)
We will see Jesus face to face one day. But the glory spoken of by Paul, ‘Christ in you the hope of glory is a present glory – the glory of the new covenant, the incarnation, the expression of all Jesus is has come in our flesh.
If we wish to be a ‘missional church’ we need to have something more in our being than perpetuating church or re-inventing a new way of being the church. The church that Jesus began is God incarnated in us, the trinity manifesting as Peter and George and Sinbad. Any gathering that displays Jesus as credible needs to be Spirit-filled and equipped to do what Jesus did. There are forms of Godliness and there is the Kingdom of God.
In church-mode ‘missional’ is something you contrive. In incarnation mode mission is who we are.
CHRIST IN YOU
Paul spoke of this as ‘Christ our life.’ It is the living out of the truth of the new testament: We and our Father are one. There is no separation here. No holy days when we are closer to God than on week days, no bringing in the presence by hours of praise and worship or all night intercession. We are already in God and God is in us.
So lets’ live in the truth of our inheritance and repent of vain activities. They can be a humbug. Jesus urges us ‘Rrealize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NIV.
Since the cross and Pentecost you and all of us have been interwoven into the fellowship of God. If Satan can convince us that we are separated from God and get us to spend all our time striving to get the union that we already have he - has achieved a major coup, subverting what was meant to be the Kingdom of God into the feeble kingdom of religion.
Christ is in you and with you. The Lord’s Table is the sign and the reminder that Christ becomes you. Those who eat Jesus will live because of Him. Those who don’t will fabricate an illusion that is incapable of being the kingdom of God. Stephen Crosby writes,
“The nature of the glory the believer shares is not the essence of raw deity, but rather it is the glory we share in privilege of the inhabitation and the indwelling of the Father, in the spirit of sonship. It is the glory of identical oneness that Christ had with the Father. It is the visible glory seen on Christ in John chapter one: The glory of inhabitation, union, a Father-Son relationship full of grace and truth. All that He had, the glory of it, is given to the church: not earned, not merited, given.” (1)
(1) Crosby, Stephen. The New Testament Prophet: Understanding the Mind, Temperament, and Calling (Kindle Locations 1306-1310). . Kindle Edition.