To live in wisdom and revelation is to live as you are in Jesus and our Father. Full of Holy Spirit we do what Jesus is doing and multiply the life of the trinity on earth. Our main purpose for being is not to deploy some gift, but to manifest the life of the Son. He has facilitated us in this because sons are what we already are.
We need to live in the revelation of who Father is in Jesus, forsaking all impressions that come to us from sources other than Himself. The more we embrace our absorption into His person,the more we fellowship with the Holy Family, know Father and know ourselves and each other. You cannot afford to outsource you knowledge of God to others. Father has taken responsibility to reveal Himself to us through His Son. It is our responsibility to embrace the Gift of Heaven in Jesus and in union with Jesus receive the revelation of His Father.
It is a personal Jesus who forms you and a personal Jesus who recreates the world as He is revealed and manifest in His people. Your purpose is not to live a happy and prosperous life. It is to reveal Jesus and our Father to an unbelieving world. The sole purpose of the church is to be the manifestation of Christ who is your life.
Jeff Turner implies that whole cultures of religion have proliferated out of slanders against Father and His nature. A mean and demanding Father image is not restricted to Islam. Such an image provides a perverse comfort to many a religious Believer. Should we be living from old covenant and law, our minds will turn to religion as surely as does the needle to the pole. Joe Maldonado once wrote a piece in a magazine on the importance of religion to religion. But Joe lived from the law, which meant that the externalities of religion were what he had come to think of as spirituality. But they are not. The life of the Kingdom is the spirit and life of Jesus incarnate in you.
People who live out of Jesus are different to folks who live from His stuff. People who rejoice in the new covenant rejoice in the Lord because in Jesus they are the accurate manifestation of themselves. They can, without presumption say, I AM WHO I AM BECAUSE I AM HAS SENT ME. They are not God. But they are Fathers sons in spirit and in truth. Joined to Father, one with Jesus and overflowing with spirit-life we multiply the heavenly family on earth. The life of the triune God in us. The community of heaven as us, the spirit through us transforms the material culture of the world and heaven comes to earth through you. This should prompt us to talk less of rapture and more of Christ come in our flesh to be multiplied in the world as the Kingdom of God.
To be ourselves we need to live in Christ, in His person an Spirit. Hidden in Christ we are ourselves in the world. This is the paradox of being a living sacrifice. You get to be yourself.
Far from being the failure that religion might define us,we are more than saints and more than selfless religious parodies of Fathers sons. We are in spirit and in truth the expression on earth of our Father in heaven.
We can be selfless in the religious sense and become neutered. Or we can be zealous carnal Christians living an untransformed life. There is nothing as sad as a Believer without an identity and nothing as pathetic as a political Christian attempting to please every one by confronting no one. Don’t expect any spiritual discernment in such a mode or that you are a colleague of Christ. There is a reason why Jesus ended up on the cross. He stood for life!
The folly of the pursuit of selflessness is that the harder we try the more self absorbed we are. Only with Christ as our life are we released.
In the spirit of sonship we are alive in our identity and destiny. This is to say that we are who we are, we are doing what we are meant to be doing and are only doing what Father is doing. The latter comes less out of vision and prophecy and more from the spirit of sonship and your life lived in spirit and truth. It is essential for sonship to have Christ as our life. As a son you will not be a spineless ninny but you will demonstrate grace and truth. The main truth will be that you will be who you are – who you were born to be and redeemed to become. Wherever you are and in all you do you will multiply spirit and life.
The dignity and authority of the sons of God has seldom been lived on the earth. But it is about to be as sons emerge from the torpor of Western legalism, calcifying insitutionalism and Christian consumerism. At the present large numbers of Believers are congealed in religion and churchism. Many more are swirling about impotent in old covenant assumptions and thousands know nothing of their authority and life in the Holy Spirit.
Francis Du Toit wrote recently on Facebook:
“May this brand new year surprise you with exciting new discoveries of the mystery of the ages unveiled in you!” This is none other than Jesus multiplied and at large in the earth through His people. It is the kingdoms of this world becoming the kingdom of our Christ.
Jesus declared Himself to be life itself.John and Paul asserted that Jesus is the logic of existence and the One in whom it all holds together.Jesus rose from the dead as the first born and genesis of life to all humans and all things. Out of His loins, so to speak springs the new creation.
So why are we pretty much living in chaos? Because human beings have seldom lived out of Jesus. Sure, many have attempted to live from His things. Insitutionalism is a representation of Jesus. But it is not Him. It’s the religious action of us. The refusal by the church and the world to receive Jesus as their life and their king is the equivalent of the refusal to cast the ring of carnal power into the fires of Mt Doom.
Christ is either our live or we are. Individually or as the church. The manifestation of Himself in His people is the church Jesus builds. The gospel of the Kingdom is never the result of the fruit of externalities. It is the living fruit of Christ in you.
Let’s not be those who talk the Kingdom and live the world system. Don’t be among those who talk Second Coming and accumulate security from the world. Or live out the gospel of “God helps those who help themselves.” There is a kind of security in this. But not one that takes us into the next life or that gives us peace in this life. When Christ is our life we have peace in this life and imbue it with the life of Gods Son. Christ our life, stops our need to suck the life from others and makes us streams of living water. If we are serious about being life-givers we need to abandon Christian consumerism and eat Jesus. Then we will have real life in us and multiply spirit and life.
Families have different cultures. Some comic, others peculiar and others rich and nurturing. The worst family cultures are judgmental. Gossip grows from secular soils of judgment and condemnation flourishes in law bound religion. Father never meant us to live from the law, precepts or anything that is not Him. We were made to flourish in relationship, deep rooted in the fellowship of the trinity.
We were made to live in God. In our sin He did not separate Himself from us. Father is not paralyzed by the presence of sin. He has always been able to enter our existence, sinners or not. I the crucifixion God e termed into the depths of our rebellion – the murder of The Christ and middle sin and death at its source.
It was our alienation from God that God undid. Our fear and the suspicion sown into us by the father of lies was undone by the at- one- ment of the cross. Today we have a radical privilege. This is to be the house of God.
Families… In one of these the thing that makes June’s day is to find a special. Getting a special is a family trait, a triumph over the adversity of surviving the scrum of shopping and a small step for mother kind in regard to the budget. Yet so ingrained is this obsession with specials that I am move to wonder why a middle class person with a more than adequate income should adopt attitudes that are frankly – like a peasant. This is living out of a scarcity mentality in a time of abundance.
Well there’s a lesson in this. It’s like living from the old covenant in the age of the new. It’s living like a spiritual pauper when you are a prince of the royal house. Try harder religion does not come from the Father of Love. It is mean, niggardly,fleshly and a lie. You are in Christ whether or not you believe it. In Father irrespective of your holiness and filled with Holy Spirit because He has been poured out on you.
There is only one thing more important than a new year – a new you. We can be new every morning. Each day can be an adventure in life because life lives in you. Even as our bodies fade, if you are a senior citizen like me, our mind and spirit are renewing because they are alive in The Living Resurrection Man – Jesus.
The key truth of Resurrection Life is that He is with you and in you. The excitement of this fact is that it is an infinite life bubbling up inside you and around you. To rest in this life, this person, is worth more than any regime of prayer and Bible study. It is the life of Jesus becoming you every day. He is your life and you are His workmanship. Not that you are a project. You are a son.
You have been placed in our Father. You are forgiven before you ask for it. It is the security of our life in Him that defines us as sons, grows us into the image of our Father and reveals the uniqueness of your glory. You are not glorious because you did something or are known for something. You are glorious when you are uniquely the person you were born to be.
If the incarnation is the key landscape of this age, grace is the key climate. The weather of grace consists of opportunities and doors to believe and step into the radical reality that is Christ our life. Many Believers remain sallow and stunted in spirit because their life Gomes from the glass house of insitutionalism.But your real life is in a personal Jesus and a real Father. This makes you a son in spirit and in truth and you become the manifest presence of Christ where you are.