NOT SEPARATED

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The result of the Fall was the separation of the sons of God from the fellowship with Father. Father never abandoned human beings and worked continually for our reconciliation – the union that would be achieved in the AT-ONE-MENT (The cross). I mean the union the Holy Family progressed to achieve on our behalf. This ‘separation’ was more  guilt and a suspicion arising from the seed sown by the Father of Life and our putrefying soul life rather than Father’s alienation from us. This helps to a  more complete understanding of the meaning tares, the sons of God and the sons of the Evil One

DEATH BY SEPARATION

‘Since by man came death.’ Here we may think of death not only as the decay of relationships and the eventual death of our bodies. It is the experience of the death of the dormant spirit, the death of the soul, deadness to life and a gnawing insensibility to the love and trustworthiness of our Father that results from separation. It is also the effect of separation from the light.

He alone can never die, and he lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach him. No human eye has ever seen him, nor ever will. All honour and power to him forever! Amen’ 1 Tim 6.16 NLT. But you have approached Him and indeed live in fellowship with Him in the person of Jesus seated beside our Father.

DISTORTED PERCEPTIONS

Separation is accompanied by a misinterpretation of Father’s passion to secure our belongingness and the joy of our company. We may interpret His interest in us as control or a pained exasperation at our lives. But when Jesus’ soul and spirit is aglow with deep satisfaction in Martha’s home as Mary seeks Jesus for Himself, we are seeing Our Father and Holy Spirit in their joy in nourishing our being. At that stage of her journey Martha was living from her misguided interpretation of God. Mary was pressing into God’s rendition of God. Martha was living out separation and attempting to earn union and Jesus was delivering union by embracing them both where they were.

The persons of the trinity conspired to secure our eternal belonging: The divine conspiracy. When Jesus cried ‘It is finished!’ the separation between God and man was finished for good. Our roles as co-labourers with Jesus is to aid people to enjoy the belonging that is already theirs.

THE INITIAL LIE

In the beginning, the Enemy had contrived to sow seeds of distrust into Adam’s heart. It was intimated that Father was withholding something of Himself; that He was ‘pulling a swifty’ and confining us to a lesser self, to a puny state of being by not being open about Himself and The Tree.

Satan did not reveal to the Pair that knowing good and evil would come at a huge cost – to the trinity and to ourselves. He did not know that the seeds of distrust and separation that he fomented would eventually result in ‘Christ in you’ and the dwelling of the trinity in us. Neither did he see that his plan of separation and degradation would result in the incredible and mysterious union of Father with His sons and daughters. This is a union described by J. Baxter Kruger as ‘Jesus uniting human life, the life of God, the life of heaven and earth in Himself.’

As suggested, this separation was always more on the side of humanity than an attitude of God. Having disobeyed God, The Pair became aware of their nakedness in His presence. Not only were they physically nude but their finite nature was exposed and they were intimidated. Their guilt made them paranoid – so paranoid that when Jesus came AS LIFE to bring at-one-ment and life without limit they (we) put Him to death.

DEPRAVITY UNDONE

But so much for all the religious talk about God not being able to ‘look on sin.’ God in Christ entered into and was active at the core of man’s most depraved act – the crucifixion of the Christ of God. Here’s the truth: When life appeared among them humans put life to death. But in entering in to this death Jesus turned death into life.

It was from within this hub of iniquity and death that Jesus turned the cross on its head. He exploded sin and death from within. He instigated the new creation of the human race from inside the murder of God.

From this seed that was cast into the ground, our life and the life of the new creation sprouted anew in great force and certainty. After the resurrection Christ came in the flesh of every individual. In you and I and all who believe God in His fullness would dwell. He would multiply His Fatherhood as sonship into their being. He would multiply sonship according to the plan that had been in place before the foundation of the world.

SEPARATION FINISHED

When Jesus cried, ‘It is finished!’ separation was finished. When the curtain between the holy and most holy place was ripped from top to bottom, separation between man and God was done for. When Holy Spirit descended at Pentecost Father, Son and Holy Spirit made their home in human beings. No separation now.

In his novel, ‘Patmos,’ J Baxter Kruger has the characters say,

“There is only one battle.”

“One?” I asked, curious. His eyes flashed, and he looked straight at me.

“Union or separation,” John said definitively… I knew to the core of my soul that we had arrived at the heart of everything. I could see it in his face and in the way he held his head.

This is “The truth of all truths [is] Jesus [John continued]. “Jesus in his Father and us in him. Without Jesus, what do you have?”

“Not much, I reckon. Just ourselves.” [I replied]

“Ourselves and ideas of separation from God,” St. John declared in his most authoritative apostolic tone. “Listen, young Aidan.” And as I did, I felt that my world was about to be shattered. “The assumption of separation is the great darkness.” [1]

Sadly many live in the great darkness of separation as if it is light. Separation is standard religion in many places. Separation is the abode of the law-monger and the addict of religion. In this illusory mindset many live in the presence of God as though they are contained and separated in the presence of themselves. They live like goldfish in a fishbowl of religion while surrounded by the presence of God. But here’s the truth. There is no goldfish bowl and the presence is in them!

 

[1] Kruger, C. Baxter. Patmos: Three Days, Two Men, One Extraordinary Conversation (Kindle Locations 1225-1227). Perichoresis Press. Kindle Edition.

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The Truth

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Jack was a sincere man. He had laboured for Jesus under the auspices of the law and the belief that the law was the focus of God’s life and therefore of his. He took offence one day when a pastor from another church came and declared that those who lived from the law were not sons in spirit and in truth. ‘You are saying that I am not really a son!’ He railed. But neither we are in a law-mindset. We are potential sons – sons who live as workers and slaves outside our inheritance of Belonging. We are sons of the evil one so to speak. Not because we are bad people but because we have bought his story that we cannot live in the spirit of sonship until we get ourselves good enough to deserve a place in His presence.

Jack took offence because it was implied that he was not a son. Yet in his theology one earns sonship by works of the law. In his contradictory view, we are both not sons and are sons simultaneously, living in a state of ambiguity and uncertainty.  The bad news about this kind of ‘sonship’ is that your acceptance with God depends on you! The good news is that our gospel is not yes and no. It’s always yes in God. We belong because, apart from us God has made it so.

For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us–by me and Silas and Timothy–was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes”’ 2 Cor 1.19 NIV.

ADVENTURE OF LIFE

Life can be an adventure if we are willing to be reborn and literally embrace a new creation that involves the reinvention of ourselves, a distinct break with our foundations and the beginning of a new life on a new continent in a radically new universe. I’m talking re-birth into the new covenant of Christ our life.

We can, if we choose, make every effort to maintain or rebirth our old normal life. But if we are astute and following Jesus’ own death and resurrection, we will not continue to nurture what Jesus never planted. We will not circle endlessly in confusion. We will embrace Jesus’ uprooting of the tare of our old life and rejoice as He replants us in the Soil of Himself as sons and daughters of God.

‘At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn’ Matt 13.28 NIV.

We can in a natural sense, be born again and be replanted. But the new birth that Jesus speaks of is more fundamental and more sensational than this. It involves the death entirely of the old self and the beginning of the new self in a new and living way that heralds the growth into maturity of the emerging sons and daughters of God. We are transplanted into the soil of Father’s being. We are placed in the womb of the trinity to be rebirthed as real sons in spirit and in truth.

In this rebirth we cannot live in religion – which is the natural inclination of our Adamic self. We are who we are and grow into who we are becoming in the vicarious humanity of Jesus. This means that He is our life and relationship with God, ourselves and others in every respect.

Of course we are not compelled to do this. We can continue our journey in the expected/respected conformity of ‘Give us this day our daily plod.’ We can persist in more of the same and maybe commend ourselves for perseverance in unpromising circumstances. But as Robert Rohr observes,  ‘This first-half-of-life task is no more than finding the starting gate. It is merely the warm-up act, not the full journey. It is the raft but not the shore. If you realize that there is a further journey, you might do the warm-up act quite differently, which would better prepare you for what follows. People at any age must know about the whole area of their life and where it is tending and leading. We know about this further journey from the clear and inviting voices of others who have been there, from the sacred and secular texts that invite us there, from our own observations of people who have entered this new territory, and also, sadly, from those who never seem to move on.’

WHO IS OUR FATHER?

The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one’ Matt 13.38 NIV.

We can, if we choose mass like mindless sheep in front of an open gate, pressing on each other and squashing each other, oblivious of the door of freedom that awaits. ‘All we like sheep have gone astray, suffocating our spirits in an old and dead way.’ Then again we can permit these circumstances to launch us like a rocket out of the illusions of the father of lies to set us free from the withered sonship of the evil one.

In the new and living way the tare that was our life in the false fatherhood of Adamic separation is replanted in the soil called union with God. Here we are sons of God – not seeds failing to germinate or grow on the rocky soil of the law or the sands of religion. Tares, if they are clever, have a blessed hope. A hope that is expressed in the words. ‘Now we are the sons of God.’

Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is’ 1 john 3.2 NIV.

‘Moving on’ is done in the spirit of truth, liberty and life. Life of the kind that is expressed as a deep love of life. This love liberates and frees us from lifeless forms and repetitive usages that have no meaning other than a tired familiarity and the soporific effect of any drug. Following Jesus gives us boldness in place of timidity and courage in place of passivity to break the bonds and reject forever the shroud of our collective delusion.

 

On Being You

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A son who lives a good life mostly does so because His life is  modelled on his mother or his father. A good woman can often thank her mother and father for the example they were. Good people are genetically and spiritually the expression of parents of good character. Certainly the opposite can also be the case. As a teacher I taught many lovely students. But some were bent in disposition and not nice people. They were a reflection of parents of bent nature – parents who left something to be desired as good and gracious people.

Most of us can do bad things. Even if we are basically good people. But you will come across people who are intrinsically bad or more accurately ‘evil.’ Social science calls them a sociopath. God calls them wicked. In every case such evil has a source – an unrelenting, uncontrolled, polluted heart arising from self-centredness.

God did not intend that we be anything less than ourselves. Since He is I AM He created us to be sons in His own image. We are meant to flourish as the person we are. Thus we are lesser ‘I am’s’ who  who live out our distinct identity and purpose in our unique design. In Jesus we are who we are.

This is why the law of Moses was not an end in itself and why the knowledge of good and evil is absolutely inferior to Christ as our life. His intention has always been that we live out of His Person to be a fully whole person. This is why the law is a schoolmaster to lead to Christ. It is why Christ does not live in to make us keepers of the law and a compilation of ‘do good pieties.’ He lives to impart to us the fullness of personhood which is the Spirit of Sonship – all of which is to say that  when Christ is our life God is our Father and we express His love, integrity and grace.

To know God is not to know morality or to participate in some performance discipline. It’s not even to do missionary work or be your own version of Mother Theresa. Charitable works can be just as much dead works as any kind of religion. Such religion smothers the spirit-life of God makes us dullards in spiritual discernment. Worse still it inhibits the Kingdom of God.

But when Christ is our life by the Spirit, we are our selves in Father and we release His spirit and life into all we touch with love and grace.

To know God is to experience Jesus Christ as our life and become sons who are fully persons even as the trinity are persons in the fullness of God. To be good persons is to be the expression of Jesus who lives in you. Not your life as you but His life as you.

To know God as He is and to know yourself as you comes from Jesus in you. It should not surprise us that to be a good human being is to be a son in the fullest sense and that this sonship is ours in union with our Father. Being a person is more than being decent. It is being the expression of the Christ in you.

Francois Du Toit writes, “The simplicity of the gospel is also its dynamic! The

only belief that matters, is what God believes! Jesus is what God believes! The faith of God has conquered the odds! One has died for all! Therefore all have

died! Just as it was appointed for man to die once and then face judgment, so Jesus died once and faced our judgment! Never to deal with sin again, but to reveal salvation! (Rom 1:16, 17, 2 Cor 5:14-21, Heb 9:27,28). None of the wise rulers of this age understood the simplicity of this mystery! In God’s economy, Jesus represents the human race! Without our permission or contribution, God singlehandedly wrought our deliverance from the powers of death and hell!”

There are those who cannot relinquish life in the flesh because they think life in the Spirit robs them of the self-respect they try to get from earning approval with God. But in this mode – the mode of the flesh come in the flesh through self effort and self justification – what they do is never enough. They never gain the self worth they are looking for and they never become rivers of spirit and life. Instead they get involved in an endless search for some fellowship, some key that might provide what can only be a gained in one way: CHRIST IN THEM.

‘The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you–they are full of the Spirit and life’ John 6.63 NIV.

In the Spirit the life of Christ and His infinite refreshment has come in your flesh and you are multiplier of infinite life. Earning your favour through good works of charity and beneficence Christ has not come in you and you multiply death in the name of life. Here we inhibit the new creation in the name of religion.

‘The life-giving power of this age is Christ come in you. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God’ 1 John 4.2 NIV.

If Jesus delivered as from being performance addicts He  also set us free from the non-life of living as a string bag of virtues. As a person He has made us persons –  person who are daughters and sons living in the fullness of personhood which is the image of God. Because Christ lives in us we are the effect of His Spirit.  Because we and our Father are one He is revealed in us and we are who we are. Not some clone of religion or jesters in a game of trivial pursuit. We are life-giving sons in spirit and in truth.

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With Vision we Flourish

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In Australia we have a situation where our ample supplies of natural gas are at present sold off overseas for the benefit of the Investment Class. The result is that there is a shortage of gas for the Australian people who own it as well as exorbitant prices being paid for gas by Australian businesses.

The reward is supposedly jobs and wealth or jobs and growth. But the jobs are few due to automation and the wealth is for the few the on the grounds of a sense of entitlement. By entitlement I mean that notion that the few are entitled to grow rich from the proceeds of resources that are not theirs.

The effect is both poor policy and poor government. This investment class would like us to believe that there is insufficient gas which we should take to believe that they must drill holes all over excellent agricultural land and possibly ruin the water-table in order to maintain supplies. The lie of jobs and growth is continually used to disguise private greed and public irresponsibility. Who says this kind of immorality consistently applied is more venal that sexual immorality? Who needs Ned Kelly when we have these attitudes as public policy?

They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation”’ 2 Peter, 3.4 NIV. Could this be a description of moribund conservativism as well as self-serving avarice?

A few years ago we had the potential to get one of the newest and best broadband services in the world. Today what we are getting is mediocre and pretty much outdated before it is installed. At present we have rank 51 on the scale of efficient and fast broadband. So much for innovation and growth. But as we see with the current energy production challenges, politics is too paralysed and confused by itself to innovate or govern.

The LORD has poured into them a spirit of dizziness; they make Egypt stagger in all that she does, as a drunkard staggers around in his vomit’  Isa 19.14 NIV.

The climate is changing and is doing so because of us. If you don’t understand this I’m sorry you did commerce instead of taking some history units and missed out on the beginning and significance of the Industrial Revolution. You could repent. Get your head out of the sand and realise that if there is no land and air there will be no economy and eventually no you and yours.

The problem of pollution is entirely solvable and increasingly there are excellent renewable alternatives to fossil fuels. Given time, focus and the absence of humbug it is absolutely possible to transition into less polluting alternatives. So why this Babylonian confusion and worship of materialism and soot? Why this paralysis pretending to be leadership and government? Because when there is no apprehension of God the people perish in the futility and vacuum of their own ideas. So desperate are the desperate that they choose leaders like Donald Trump – a man who has shown himself to be a leader among those who  destroy the earth. When we as the people act stupid we get leaders who are stupid.

Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction’ Prov 29.14 NIV.

So what is the way ahead for Believers? We could examine the possibility that our vision of godliness is not God’s vision and not His Kingdom. We could asses whether our worship of institutionalism is the kingdom of the letter of the spirit of sonship.

We need to live the Kingdom Jesus began instead of trying to create a kingdom of morality. Particularly when our political and economic system is based on private greed and public irresponsibility.

You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked’ Rev 3.17 NIV.

Superior principles and fine (sexual) morals with Jesus help is not what Jesus began. Significantly what He wrote in the sand made the moralist creep away and hide. Jesus began a Kingdom where He is our forgiveness and our life. He is your life, my life, the life of all who receive Him and the life of the world. Holiness is the result of Jesus as our life. Not the Kingdom itself. He is. He is the way. Get this is and we have got the Kingdom. Engage in moral rants and hatred of Islam and we have missed it altogether. If people could see That Christ is Life in us they might stop and give thought. What they mostly see is that religion is our life and that condemnation and hypocrisy is our mode.

The fate of those who destroy the earth on the grounds of ‘investment’ is not good. But the poor in spirit will see God, know God and inherit the earth.

As it is, amidst the increasing chaos, none in the secular sphere seem to have thought of Jesus as THE WAY. Miracles are fine. People need to know that God is real and alive on the ground doing ‘God things.’ But healings and signs as salt and pepper on the Kingdom of man is not the Kingdom of God. It’s a continuation of the knowledge of good and evil with a passing reference to Jesus.

On Facebook of June 12, Francois Du Toit wrote, ‘The difference between positive thinking and faith is in its reference. While positive thinking can motivate you to strive to become and to possess, faith reveals who you already are and what you already have in Christ because of God’s doing.’

Now we are the sons of God. But not because we are ‘good morality addicts’ or down on homosexuality and pornography. We are sons because Jesus Himself is our life in every way. We are not in a religion. We are in a Person who is in us and we in Him. He manifests Himself in us. We are in God and through us His Kingdom comes into the world.

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Sons and Daughters – the real ones … the spirit and truth ones.

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You were made to live in God, which is to say you were made to live in fellowship with the trinity and enjoy that oneness and delight that is theirs together and in their distinctiveness of being themselves in spirit and in truth. The members of the trinity find their identity in being themselves in communion with each other. This is substantially what it means to say that God is I AM. The community of the trinity is the model for us as individuals, for marriage, family and the church.

That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me’ John 17.21 NIV.

Each person of the God-Head lives in intimacy and communion with the other. They are known as they are and celebrated for their similarity to each other and their difference. In then is no shadow of fear or turning away from the other. They are themselves in spirit and truth.

Intimacy, genuine love, communion, freedom and creativity come from the union of persons. This is to say that life, love and righteousness are sourced in union – in our case in union with God. Because of the cross, Pentecost and the incarnation this union is ours, our inheritance and the reality in which we are invited to live. No need to strive for this, earn it or repent sufficiently. It is ours. It is what promotes repentance and belonging.

‘And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ–everything in heaven and on earth’ Eph 1.10 NLT.

Many people live from a mix of performance and separation. Others are outright law-mongers. All of the above implies that in order to live in our glory we must live from union with God and nothing less. So away with a life in the law which by nature condemns and separates. Be done with religion that blurs the reality of God, stifles our distinctiveness and makes us vulnerable to those who sell it. Why live in religion when Christ Himself wants to be your life?

Richard Rohr writes, ‘I believe that we have no real access to who we really are except in God. Only when we rest in God can we find the safety, the spaciousness, and the scary freedom to be who we are, all that we are, more than we are, and less than we are. Only when we live and see through God can “everything belong.” All other systems exclude, expel, punish, and protect to find identity for their members, in ideological perfection or some kind of  “purity.” The contaminating element always has to be searched out and scolded. Apart from taking up so much useless time and energy, this effort keeps us from the one and only task of love and union.’

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Simplicity and Power

If you are a normal Christian, you could have been led to believe that your god-life is all about church. If you are a sensitive person with a passion for God you would have discerned that being churched is not in itself thirst-quenching. No activity or ‘thing’ is. But we are not left with eating dry wafers of externalities. We do have a life.

This life is the life of Jesus alive in our being. He is not here because of some discipline we do like praying a lot. He is here because He declared that should be believe in Him and obey His teaching the full-God Head would take up residence in our being. This is life in the Spirit and your spirit alive with God’s life. ‘Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them’ John 14.23 NIV.

So it’s all about Jesus. He is life. He shares this life with you, quenches your thirst for life and makes you are life-giver like Himself. You become a life-giving spirit in His image.

The life we have depends on the extent to which we have received Jesus over and above religion. Don’t eat the bottle and think it’s the drink. We can BE LIFE OURSELVES, impart life to our spouses and families when Christ is our life. Not when something else is our life. Christianity as religion can be the great darkness that separates us from God. Christ our life is the Kingdom of Heaven manifest as us.

The great truth of Christianity is not that we have victory over sin, although that is a by-product. The truth is that we are incarnated with the fullness of God. He is in you and will never leave you.

You can live a Jesus Life. It’s far simpler, less lonely and more satisfying than living a religious life. There are people whom Jesus uses to heal the sick and work miracles. These are good and show that He is real. But the greater manifestation of His presence is Christ in you – Christ manifest in all of us. This is the Kingdom of God enlarging in simplicity and power.

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His Jesus

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There is the real Christ, the Christ of God – the One who knows Father face to face; the Christ who is the complete expression of God; the Christ who is the exact and authentic representation of Himself- the one who is unencumbered by a false self, a pseudo self, a fractured self or a duplicitous self – the Christ who is I AM.

Then there can be our christ; the misshapen and distorted christ constructed by our devious and fearful imagination, by poor teaching, distorted doctrine and self-serving communities of belief with their own gospel, or with their institutionalised mediation – proposing themselves as The Way. There is one living way; one Christ for you and one by whom all of the trinity is in you. No need for anyone to be presenting themselves as the means to overcome the separation from God that has already been overcome and annulled in Jesus Christ.

Jesus has united the life of heaven and earth, human life, the life of God and of the physical earth in Himself. This is the full meaning of CHRIST OUR LIFE. This is an accomplished fact and it the ground of our being.

‘When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NLT.

Our new and living way of oneness with God is Christ your union with God. He is our peace with God. The relationship between Father and Son that always was is the relation ship that God has with you.

‘For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility’ Eph 2.14 NIV.

The comfort and freedom of oneness with God flows from our inviting Jesus to tell us about Himself, by allowing Holy Spirit to drive out fearful and often hostile conceptions of God souced in our own fear and Satan’s lies. Union with God as He is becomes the foundation of our oneness with self and the human race.

‘Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom’ 2 Cor 3.17 NIV.

Here we have the Christ, the Jesus of Nazareth and Jesus of all men and women who has come to liberate us from false views of our Father, distorted views of Himself and crippling views of ourselves. This Jesus, this living word, this light of the world and light of every person sets us free to begin see in the darkness. We begin to see a way through the gloom, to make our way out of the tunnel of long held delusion, long regarded as truth. Then to know who Father is, to understand the finished work of Jesus, to know ourselves as sons and daughters who are even now one with our Father and fellowshipping with the light of the world. All through Jesus, the light of the world is growing in us so that we know Him as He is and leave behind our personal myths, false christs and false religions.

The light shines in the darkness and the light will extinguish the darkness.’

There are dark places in Christianity where the light is dim, the shadows are threatening and the sun of righteousness obscured by an elephant in the room. An elephant who sits on the inmates of a cavern, squashing them with its baulk and denying them breath. But this elephant, large and clumsy as it is, cannot be seen. At least not by those attached to their false christ. Their predicament arises from the christ they have defined for themselves themselves in order to identify themselves as a special people with a special perspective. But they have seduced themselves. The elephant is invisible because it is the object through which presumed to know and come to God. But God clearly tells us that we will know Him through His Son.

‘Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away’ 2 Cor 3.15, 16 NIV.

The law came through Moses. But grace, life and truth came through the living word, Jesus Christ. He drew us into God and came among us Himself to live with and be in us so that through Christ in us, heaven is joined to earth and earth to Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Not only is there no condemnation. There is no separation between you and God. Intimacy with God is not something you earn. You already have union with God in Jesus. Learn to flourish and rejoice in what you have. It is your inheritance and the world’s need.

‘For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known’ John 1.17,18 NIV.

Union with God is Spirit and Life

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Life in the Spirit is the gifts of union with God. This union is our union because when Christ is our life we have what is His: Union with Father. Jesus oneness with His Father was the life of everything. Our union with Jesus is the source of every action of ours that is alive with spirit and life. We have what Jesus has – union with the fullness of God so that we can live in the fullness of sons. This is Paul’s message of life in the Spirit in Romans 8.

Today you and Father are one just as Jesus and Father are one.

Any attempt to earn the union that is already ours quenches God’s Spirit in us dulls our spirit, makes us dim-witted concerning the Kingdom of God and denies the flow of heaven into earth. When Christ is our life we are one with God, His Spirit and His life. Now we are rivers of living water. We are the expression of God where we are.

Any motivation stemming from an obligation to God or arising from an attempt to to earn intimacy with God, dulls the spirit-life of God that may have flown through us. Such attempts are fleshly and carnal. Because Christ is our life we are spirit and life. When we are our attempted life we block the Kingdom of God even in the act of salving our conscience.

Slaves and Sons

slavesandsons-456Father made a way of replicating His Son in human beings. First the Son would be incarnated as Jesus of Nazareth in the world. Then, following His resurrection and Pentecost, He would be incarnated in those who believed and took His name. To be incarnated means to be lived in by the Spirit so that the nature and essence  of that Spirit is expressed not only in what we do but as our very selves. Thus because we are inhabited by Christ we each in our own way express His awesomeness as the church.

‘This is how you can recognise the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God’ 1 John 4.2 NIV.

When a religious person uses the words ‘god-fearing’ it can mean that they live from the law, from their own designation of Christian morality or just from their Christian culture. One can carry these things like a suit-case with no connection to Jesus whatsoever.

In Galatians Paul teaches that we are slaves and workers if we are living from the law. But sons of God if we are living from the Spirit. Those in the law – the workers have no inheritance, not because it is not theirs but because they have not embraced it. Rather they have embraced an un-gospel that neutralises what Father accomplished for them in Christ. They undid the cross, annulled the new covenant and lived again in the law from which they ought have been liberated, had they not been so deceived. The good thing is that we can always repent of false doctrine and leap from deception into truth. There is a joy that comes to those who acknowledge a web of delusion and begin living in the glorious liberty of the gospel.

‘This is how you can recognise the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God’ 2 Cor 3.17 NIV.

The bad thing, if we deny the lifting of veils, is that we may still go to heaven but spend our lives as pygmies and newts rather than sons of God, talking the Spirit yet living the law. We are in slavery when we are attempting to earn our own righteousness – whether this be through works of the law, ‘keeping close to Jesus’ or attempting an integrated life in Christian religion.

Jesus’ life is not a program an ideology or a systematic abstention from evil and an involvement in the good. It is a person and a life. The gospel of the Kingdom is the trinity manifest as you.

Christ as your life. This is the new covenant. This is both simple and comprehensive. We are relived from securing our own acceptance. This is now a given for eternity. Immersed in the presence of Jesus, Father and Holy Spirit we are being marinated in the holiness of God and matured as daughters and sons.

None of us are perfect but we live in grace and proceed from glory to glory. Yet our reception into fellowship with God is not based on the degree of our improvement or our lack of regression into bad habits. Our presence with the Holy Family and their presence in us occurs because God is love and He has secured our fellowship with Himself forever through Jesus Christ.

‘No power in the sky above or in the earth below–indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord’ Rom 8.39 NLT.

In the law we are always a slave. In Jesus we are always sons being transfigured by the indwelling Christ, tutored by Holy Spirit and nourished by our Father. In Jesus we can say, ‘Now we are the sons of God.’ In the law we cannot – even though in fact we are, because we have said, ‘I know you are a hard man and have buried this treasure in the ground’ and proceeded to plod up and down in the same spot in our own efforts and miserly understanding. Here we are sons in theory but not in spirit and in truth. We cannot live from the law and be sons of god in spirit and in truth. Those who are the sons of God are led led by the Spirit of Christ who dwells in them and is their life.

‘But what does Scripture say? “Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman’s son’ Gal 4.30 NIV.

Sons of the slave woman are slaves not because they do not have their inheritance as son of the free woman. They do not possess it because they  have not grasped it and made it their own. They have been deceived or at least entered into their self-deception tempted by a false sense of  status and special identity that they will not relinquish. But there is a new and living way. Jesus says, ‘Forsake all and follow me.’

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Jesus Himself is your life

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The Christian life is simpler than many Christians think. This is because it is not a ‘Christian Life.’ It is the person of Jesus. When Jesus said, ‘I am the way,’ He meant ‘I am everything you need.’ He meant ‘ I alone am the door to life.’ When Paul declared ‘Christ our life’ he meant Jesus and nothing else is our life. Yet Christians vitiate and cripple themselves by living from Jesus’ stuff instead of living from Him. His stuff – all that is called Christian and religious is not Jesus. It’s stuff. And it’s not Him. It is us.

Christ’s church is the manifestation of Himself as us. Man’s church is a creation of the letter. I sat through a tiresome and well meant seminar once on ‘Getting the right structure’ for church. Any structure the church of Jesus has is the manifestation of His life and spirit. Not the creation of the letter that kills.

Jesus promised us the Holy Spirit who would personally represent Himself and our Father to us in the world of being and doing. We would never be orphans. God in fullness would be in us and with us. The word for God infused in our being is ‘incarnation.’ This is the outstanding fact of the new testament age. It is Paul’s topic in Romans 8. It is life in the Spirit of Christ manifest in each of us and together as the church.

But many Christians, most I suggest, are not living from Christ their life. They are addicted to the human supposition that our life is found in doing. But it is not. In God’s Kingdom our life is found in being. We are alive and who we are in spirit and truth when we are rooted in Father as the sons and daughters of God. By receiving Christ we receive His person. By accepting His person we are made one with all of God. We are drawn into the real life of the trinity. This is the heart of love and the hub of all life in the universe. The hub of the universe is personal. It is love and it is spirit and life. When a personal Jesus and not something external is our life we share the life and spirit of the trinity. Now we have become life-givers. Instead of living in Christ’s stuff as a religious jitter-bug we live in peace and comfort in God. Now the things we touch become charged with His spirit and life.

The Kingdom of God is not charity or social issues. The Kingdom is the impartation of Christ’s resurrection and life to these issues. Wherever ‘help’ is just help and ‘charity’ is just charity, we have not advanced the Kingdom of God by one centimetre. Our ‘help’ leaves people no further ahead than the help of the atheist or agnostic. But when the sons and daughters of God assist the poor and the distressed they are touched with the spirit-life of God. Eternity has entered their lives and a seed of new creation hope and joy has begun to grow in them that will continue expanding throughout eternity. This is why Jesus said, ‘The flesh profits nothing.’ But the Spirit and life that lives in one who represents new creation hope continues growing forever.

We can manage a faint semblance of spirit and life by living as a ‘Christian Doing.’ We can manage a few drops but that’s all. There are no rivers of life springing from us here. None here because we are living from a form of law and dead works – a subtle performance code.

In the book of John we find a parallel description to that found in Genesis one. John describes the new Genesis, the new creation that came into the world in Jesus Christ. He remarks on the crucial fact of Jesus incarnation as the son of God among us. He says, ‘In Him is life and that life is the light of human beings.’ Jesus is life in person. He makes all things new. He is truth and revelation. He is He who illuminates all that is true and exposes all that is devious and a humbug. There is an adventure in Jesus. You will be led into all truth and you will become more alive as a result. Don’t settle for a life in Christian stuff. You will short-change yourself and betray the non-believing world. Christ is your life and as such you are a daughter/son who lives as an agent of the new creation in spirit and in truth.