Christ is risen and the law is buried. So is religion and any other thing that would make you a phantom of yourself. Because Jesus rose on Sunday morning you can be yourself, live from yourself, be an authentic self and be the son/daughter of I AM. In Jesus you are who you are without artifice or striving. How so?
‘For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory’ Col 1.27 NIV.
The glory of God is that He is I AM. And so are you by Grace. Grace is the person of Jesus, His life for you and the mystery of the ages revealed and made manifest for you and in you. Grace is the God-head alive, loving you and active in you.
‘For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive’ 1 Cor 15.23 NIV.
When Jesus died you died in him. Your selfish, self-centered, Adam life is dead. When Jesus rose so did you. Now you are alive in Him as a son of God. Courtesy of Jesus you are placed within the trinity. In the embrace of our Father you are marinated in his presence and nurtured by His joy – that the prodigal has been returned to his rightful place in Father’s heart. Today you and our Father are one just as Jesus and Father are one.
Today we have an unobstructed view of the one who is life and righteousness Himself. We see Him not through self-generated distortions of the knowledge of good and evil. We see Jesus through Jesus. We have His Spirit of wisdom and revelation that comes from Him so that we may see Him as He is.
‘And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit’ 2 Cor 3.18 NIV.
To behold Jesus is to see yourself. You may have been brought up in the belief that the law is the mirror in which we see ourselves, note our deficiencies and then attempt to bring ourselves up to scratch. Not so. We are not in the old testament today. Jesus was never a means of extending the old testament or making a new kind of veil. He is the lens, the mirror, the light and the life. All the fullness of God is found in Him and this fullness is for you!
‘But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them–yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me’ 1 Cor 15.10 NIV.
The fruits of the Spirit are the fruits of the Family of God in you. They have nothing to do with law because law has no fruit, other than hypocrisy, futility, bondage and death. But you are alive!
The grace of God is a life who lives in you to love you and conform you to Himself. You will never be a clone of another in Jesus. Neither will you be an irritatingly pious representative of religion. You will live a full and gracious life touching others with the love and grace of Jesus. You will be the life of our Father among those who know Him and those who do not. Right now Jesus is our Mirror. To see Him is to see our true self. We see who we are becoming and we see our real life – the One who is what we were intended to be, who is what we are reborn to be and the one who is the lover and transformer of our souls. Jesus is who we are and who we are becoming – the sons of God who live in spirit and in truth.