IDENTITY AND AUTHORITY

We have the capacity to impart life. This is a human capacity greatly enhanced when we are one with the son of man. This oneness has been gifted to us in the incarnation and the ministry of Holy Spirit. Our main life-multiplying capacity arises from our rootedness in our Father, through Jesus. This is the ground of the gifts. The gifts are not the ground of sonship. Sonship is the garden from which the gifts grow. Thus it is important that we have fullness of sonship rather than the limited sonship of old covenant assumptions. We cannot live from such a mind-set and be apostolic. Neither can we be an apostle of the Kingdom if we have not embraced the new and living way of the new covenant.

Jesus represented Father, unveiled Him and fulfilled his mission because he was one with the father. Not because He had the anointing and was baptised in the Spirit. The latter was a function of the former.

Some are apostles. All are meant to be apostolic in being and function. Jesus was the expression of our Father and represented Him as His Son. So to do we. If we are living in our new covenant spirit of sonship and union with Father in Jesus Christ.

We are competent to minister the Kingdom in new covenant mode. Here we are the multiplication of Jesus and representatives of our Father as sons. To be a son of Father is to be established as Fathers in the church Jesus builds. Fathers are simply people who are sons whether men or women. Fathers are matured sons and never cease being sons.

Apostolic ministry is new covenant ministry. Grounded  in the person of Jesus it has no attachment to the law, but is entirely rooted and  immersed in Jesus and the life of the trinity. Kingdom life flows from persons and spirit. Never from abstractions and injunctions like law. As such genuine apostolic ministry is personal, communal, authoritative and flowing with spirit and life. A Jesus life is life in our Father more than life in the gifts. Thanks to Jesus we are one with our Father. The bottom line is that Jesus  is our life. The KINDOM is less about the cross and more about His life as ours continuously.

Jesus overflows with grace. One can minister spots and drips of His life,clogged with old covenant assumptions. But not in fullness. Due to grace we can do a modicum for God with sincere hearts even if our light has been dimmed by a truncated gospel. Jesus does minister from folks in spiritual wheel chairs. But His liberty is always found in the fullness of truth. His aim is to have us grow into the fullness of Himself. He aims to reveal his glory. Not our wheel chair.

The anointing, the gifts, Spirit baptism are not what made Jesus mighty. It was the anointing that flowed from His obedient sonship that set Him apart as a life-giver. You need to know that life in the Spirit cannot be bolted on to old covenant Christianity and can never be the gospel of the Kingdom.

Some lack spiritual discernment by nature. Others because they are tied to the old covenant and have an extra-Jesus identity. It is important to discern the flesh from the kingdom because this is the difference between holding conferences and multiplying spirit and life.

As sons we are apostolic avenues of the personal life of Jesus. As servants and slaves we are limited and bound in mediocrity and religiosity. This is what Paul means about the slave woman and the free woman in Galatians. The sons of the former do not live in the inheritance that is theirs. They are  tied to the law by doctrine or to a try harder mentality by habit or the culture of institutionalism. The Christian Industry has a vested interest dependency creation and consumer Christianity. Find community with the sons of God and live in what you already have- a secure place in Fathers heart and presence. There’s no such thing as McChurch in the Kingdom. But those who eat and drink the Son of Man are spirit and life to a dying world.

In old covenant mode Christ is not your life but the means to your life. In the new He is your life. He is you! Thus you are the expression of Him and the reality of His glory where you are.

Christ your life is His Kingdom where you are.

 

 

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