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


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.

To Be who you Really Are


Some people are too busy for truth. Leaving this for others they live a lesser and more pedestrian life having accommodated themselves to the un-life they have forfeited on the altar of human ‘doing.’ They are often very busy or just moderately busy. But never full alive or even fully human. People can lose themselves because they have become a function of their doings. But hidden in Christ we become more that what we are at any one time.

Christ our life is the life to the full. But ‘Christ our life’ is not His life submerged in ours. A Jesus life is not Him as an appendix to our stuff and our religion. He is our life. There is a living way to experience spirit and life. This is incarnation. It is Christ manifest as you and I. This is not some chore we have to do. This is something we only need to agree to. It’s Father’s gift of life in His Son.

Many live an ‘I do therefore I am’ existence. But there is another way called the new and living way. This is I AM therefore I do. When people wake-up into a genuine new birth to the adventure of being spirit and life they are amazed that they could even have though they were really alive in their former life in a body of death.

Many Believers have never been re-born because they have never made the transition from a life in Adam to a life in Jesus. What they have done is decided the old life of dissipation was not for them. Then stepped into a new, moral Christian life. But this is not the new birth. It is a new version of the knowledge of good and evil with Jesus help. It provides a modicum of life. But not the spirit and life that belongs to us when we and Father are one.

Unless we Christ is our life no matter how diligent our efforts we are a light globe that is never turned on. Christ our life is not some achievement arrived at by strenuous effort. It is simply saying, ‘Jesus I receive you as my life.’

If Jesus is our life; if we are hooked on Him and glued to His person, we can be assured of being led relentlessly into all truth – the truth about God. The truth about ourselves and the truth of His achievement for us in Christ and on behalf of the trinity. God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself.

Yet many Believers, some more than others, spend much effort reconciling themselves to God in a vain repetition of what He has already accomplished for them. They are very busy in a Christian routine. But unfortunately they neither know the scriptures or the power of God. They lack the revelation of the infinitely loving nature of our Father as revealed in Jesus and mediated continually to us by the incarnated Spirit. But to see God’s love is to see Jesus. To know God’s love is to have Jesus as our life.

Truth leads us to liberty – liberty from our own wrong headedness and freedom from the myths of a religious view of Christianity. The latter is not a religion in the normal sense of the word. It is a person. The person of Christ as your life.

We can swim like a flies in a jar of molasses and say we are ‘Christian.’ Then again Christ can be our life and we will be sons – not of the slave woman but of the free woman. Those who are the most free, whole and holy are never punctilious about forms, rites and patterns. Too enlightened for this they live out of Christ and bring life to what would have been stagnant forms. They are not enlightened because they are particularly clever or zealous. They ‘see’ because Jesus Himself is their lens.

The religious find this confusing and annoying. To them ‘these people’ are getting ‘for free’ what they are striving to possess: Union with God. But the latter already have it. They just need to live in what the Enemy has robbed them of through cunningly devised fables.

The tragedy of those who have contained themselves within the limits of their own ideas and denomination assumptions is distance from God, lack of discernment and a wandering in the wilderness that ends not in the Kingdom of God but in dead bones of un-realized inheritance. The blessing of the good seed is that they are sons of God and live in continuing revelation. The curse of the tares is that they are confined in the cul-de-sac of their own assumptions. But there is also a blessing for the tares. They cannot sustain themselves and as a result experience withering and death – often many times before they realize something is wrong with their mindset. Or they are pulled out by the revelation of the Kingdom through apostolic teaching.

Many Believers live from some form of law. Some because they do not know that law has been replace by Christ in us. Others because they are attempting to live from the larger law of Christian values and Bible teaching. And others because they are stuck on some Mosaic commandment that binds them entirely to all of the law, the old covenant and the paralysis of Adam. Boniface Odhiambo writes –

“It pleases the enemy to keep us under the law and not to experience the love and favor of God. Before the law was given, there was sin but sin was not accounted for, but after the law was given they faced the consequences of their misbehavior according to the law [of which] they were now aware.

The law must have a government or authority for it to be legal. It was ordained by angels through a mediator Moses. Anytime they violated the law, the authority behind the system (angels) ensured there was punishment (Gal 3:19). A law without enforcement is not valid. It’s a system which ensures punishment for violation. Whoever subjects himself under this system should not expect mercy but punishment and judgment.

[But] We are not under the system of the law, we are married to another husband, Jesus Christ, therefore we should not bring back that which is obsolete, which is fading away. We have been saved from His wrath because of Christ, (Rom 5:9).”

As an ‘Eve’ we bear children to that which we are married. If married to the law we will manifest the letter, live from a belief-system or a ‘faith’ and be drawn to institutionalism. Even if we come into the Spirit we will eventually reduce it to the letter. We will have a form of godliness without  power and a spirituality without life – because we remain married to this body of death that is performance, the law and religion.

If Christ is our life we are married to Christ. We are His wife. We bear ‘children’ that are alive with spirit and life. We are part of the new creation and we give birth to the new creation because we have one husband who is Christ. We are alive, our words and acts are alive and we impart life because Christ is our life. We are life-giving spirits who prevail in the flesh.

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Works, Self-Worth and our Real identity


I find I still need to seek acceptance in the Father who made me to be who I am rather than attempting to earn the respect of those from vocations where analysis and self-reflection are not at a premium. This reminds me of the young man who graduated from medicine and remarked to his father, ‘Is that good enough for you Dad?’ This says as much about the Dad as it does about the Son. The fact is that we have a unique identity given to us from the Father of Lights. We need to find our identity in God rather than in seeking the acceptance of those who may not know Him or even know themselves.


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Grace and Truth


In Him was life and the life was the light of men. This is a description of our ministry when we are alive in the Spirit of the new covenant. But not in well-meant labour in the old. Grace is vital here.  Jesus is grace in person. He is grace with a purpose – to lead us into the fullness of God and the completeness of who we are.

Grace is radical in its ability to produce peace and transformation. Far from being soft on sin, grace is the key to performance because it captures us in the unconditional love and presence of our Father. Grace enfolds us in the Holy Family and their fellowship while covering us with the light of God.

We are simultaneously covered in the light of His holiness as if this were our own and more. The deformities of our soul are revealed just as they are in this safe place. Reality is Christ and Christ is reality. There is nothing more real than God, no place more real than being in union with God and no safer place than living in the reality of His grace.

‘For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God’ Col 3.3 NIV.

In the new covenant we are in God. In the old we are in Adam and Moses. In the new covenant we and Father are one. In the old we are separated and estranged sons. Today we are in the new covenant even if we do not live it. But what we think creates the reality we live from. Thus the new covenant is not   our possession because we are not in the mind of Christ. We are in theft. This is why we value sound doctrine and do not remain in myths.

‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full’ John 10.10 NIV.

Tares are planted by the evil one. They represent false teaching and those who insist on remaining in these teachings. The person of Christ in apostolic teachers roots these tares out to replace them with the Spirit of Sonship.

He replied, ‘The One who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed represents the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one’ Matt 13.37-38 NIV.

Christ is our life and the fellowship with Father and Holy Spirit that is His is ours. Not only this but He is in us and more – they are in us. In the new and living way we are in God – not in the law or a performance regime to secure worthiness. We are in life and truth. Liberated from the relativism of the knowledge of good and evil and the superficiality and excuses of legalism we are positioned  in God as He is. Now we are in the process of being transformed into the persons we really are. This is the source of our new name.

‘Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it’ Rev 2.17 NIV.

There is no contract in our new covenant union with God. We are not in a more sophisticated version of the old covenant where Christ has done this so we better get busy, manufacture some gifts of the Spirit and earn our keep. The life of God in us – the person of Christ as our life is a gift. And He is not separate to us. By this Spirit His life becomes our life.

In religion we have the propensity to produce something and nothing in the name of God. We are constrained to fill a religious slot with something of ourselves. But we may not realise that this ‘something’ is something and nothing; that it is neither hot not cold and not actually a lightning rod of the kingdom of God. We have presented some well-meant impotence, devoid of spirit and life. This is the inevitable result of law and belief-system posing as life. But in Christ we are more than alive and more than full of the spirit of wisdom and revelation. As sons we are the manifest presence of our Father.

Jesus only did what Father was doing and only released His Spirit and life. This was not something He was concentrating on. It is what He was. A son of God. This is who you are in Jesus. Now that Christ is your life you are alive in spirit and truth as a son of God and one with Jesus, Father and Holy Spirit. This is our life when Jesus is entirely our life. Learn to live from Him and not from His stuff – which is always diluted by man and a diversion from spirit and life. When Christ is our life we are alive and at rest – yet releasing rivers of Kingdom life.

‘He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit’ Titus 3.5 NIV.

Agents of His New Creation Life!


Christ our life is the agent and the assurance of the expanding Kingdom among us. Jesus came in the flesh. Today He is a life-giving Spirit. We are graced with bodies of flesh. Yet Jesus, Father and Holy Spirit have come in our flesh to link heaven and earth through us. Our best days are ahead! We are authorised to be fruitful and multiply God incarnated people. Our destiny is to replenish the earth as sons who are  priests and Kings of the Christ who lives in and among us. But it is He who is our life; He who is the resurrection and He is the new creation ever expanding through His people. More.


Made To Live in God


The mystery of Godliness is that it is not initially about righteousness. It is firstly about life and our life in God. God is a person and Himself. He is complete and content in Himself. Life and love  flow from personality, in particular the trinity of God. To be in God and part of HIs Family is to be in His life and His righteousness – which is not a separate thing but an expression of Himself. He is Himself, life and righteousness because He is God.

It is unlikely that we would think of righteousness independently of God if it were not for the emergence of the knowledge of good and evil in that sad revelation and experience arising from our separation and independence from God. To live like Adam and Eve in God before the fall was to live in the absence of self-consciousness and the absence of any thought of a distinction between good and evil. In God they just were. They could say ‘I am who I am.’

Before the fall if life and righteousness were to be named at all they were named Father. In relation to humans righteousness and life were simply sons of God. There was no separation between righteousness and persons. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. In union with God we are whole, we are alive and we are as participants in I AM.

The law of Moses was given in the context of the reign of the knowledge of good and evil – the law that Paul called the law of sin and death, which in its wider meaning was the culture of ethics and morality that came from the tree. In its narrower context it was the commandments written on stone as nominated by Paul in 2 Cor 3.7 NIV.

Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was’ 2 Cor 3.7 NKV.

In contrast to this list, the righteousness of God as defined by Jesus and explained by Paul is the person of Jesus Christ. The righteousness of God is to be the Father and the Son. The righteousness of the sons of God is to be sons and daughters of God. We are the life of Christ.

Now the scripture comes to mind, ‘Here are they who keep the commands of God and the testimony of Jesus’ Rev 14.12 NIV. Firstly ‘commandments’ in the new testament means the teaching of Jesus who declared Himself the way, the truth and the life. Righteousness and life is subsumed in Him and expressed through Him. Secondly in new covenant terms the meaning of this scripture is as follows. ‘The command of God is to believe and obey God’s Son. The testimony of Jesus is that He is entirely and unconditionally our life.’

In Jesus you have a new name because you are a new person. You are a son growing each day in Christ into the reality of who you really are. You are casting off the lies and false identities apportioned by the Father of lies. You are ridding yourself of false gospels and absorbing into your being the fullness of the life that is Christ. You are being mentored into the real you that was the plan before the foundation of the world and now being realized in oneness with our Father.

We are daughters and sons in the son of God because of our union with our Father. As such we participate in their life, identity and purpose. We are who we are in spirit and in truth.  Our fragmented life in Adam is dead. Far more than a compilation of virtues and dispositions, we are our entire selves. We are the expression of who we were designed to be in the heart of our Father. We are at rest in being ourselves and being sons. You are complete in Christ. Your life in Jesus is you!





‘This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were [self-centered, insensitive, dull, anti-life and] evil’ John 3.19 NIV.

I remember Mr Hautingly, the art teacher at the university. He seemed eccentric and was. In my youthful arrogance I saw him as less than a great example although a reflective and informed person is what He was. Another lecturer, a man of imagination and daring rebuked us and asserted that this man was no joke and that he had an intellect that penetrated the fog. There’s lesson here. Don’t expect to be brilliant as an inmate of the status quo. Such apologists never are. They repeat old saws and don’t advance beyond their mothers ideas. But they do excel in strengthening the system’s iron and bars of fear and small thought. As a proponent of conformity expect, despite your best intentions, to become inanimate and dull. This may win you a place at the head of an institution of the flesh but never admiration among the living or the inhabitants of heaven. Life is not always valued by the respected for what it is and many really do accommodate themselves to darkness and resist the light.

Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also’ John 15.20.

There are of course people who are eccentric and mad. And many who are zealous but entirely without discernment – not because they could not have had it. But because they are either arrogant enough to be slow learners or too timid to embrace the rawness of life and its extravagant abundance. If there is anything that distinguishes the life of God from religion it is excess!

In Jesus we get every manifestation of life because He is life to the full. We must be one with Him to see His creation and participate in the up-welling of life that is Jesus for us and the trinity in us.

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.

There are people who are not intelligent enough to see through false religion and cut through it with the sword of their being. They have become dull enough to live as functionaries and sycophants of the system. Religion and legalism shrinks the mind.

Like crows these functionaries feast on the scraps of status flung to them by those deformed by conformity and the spirit of anti-christ. Let’s be clear. There are people we are sometimes tempted to laugh at or not take seriously because we think they are not quite with it. Actually they may be more with it than we, more astute than we and have more discerning minds than we do because they have penetrated the illusions we call our life. They are living from the vision of Light itself.

‘For, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ’ 1 Cor 2.16 NIV.

The mind of the climate change denier is not the mind of Christ. But is is the mind of those who cry ‘From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created’ 2 Peter 3.4 NIV. If we are as dull as this in the natural we cannot expect to have any real discernment in the spiritual. The self-centered person is cursed with eyes that cannot see and ears that do not hear. Lets not ever imagine that we are filled with wisdom and the Holy Spirit if we are climate change deniers. Could it be that non-believing people who love society and the earth have a higher morality than those Christians who are continually bleating about the supremacy of the economy?

‘Hear this, you foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear’ Jer 5.21 NIV.

A person in the Spirit is different to one who is not. In religion we are ghosts of our real selves. In the Spirit, who is the Spirit of Christ, we are who we are. Because Christ has come in our flesh, the Son of Man is alive in us and we are grow into the realness of our humanity because we alive in the Spirit. Never a shadow of ourselves we are our real selves because we live in the reality who is Christ. We are potent and life-giving. In addition we are accompanied a supernatural spirit and light that is the law of the spirit of life.

So we are free to choose. As a functionary of religion we can be a servant of anti-christ. With Christ as our life we can be emissaries of our Father. We are free to choose whether we will be carcasses of conformity in the valley of rattling bones or whether we are spirit and life because Christ has come in our flesh.

Poets, artists, writers and actors have the ability to convey to us this ‘greater life.’ Although sometimes characterized as ‘other worldly’ their poems, novels and movies  influence to the good many who would otherwise be dead or comatose because they have been swallowed by the un-reality and illusion of a life without Christ. Many of these people are not Christians. But they frequently bear witness to a raw reality unpolluted by convention and diluted by vanity.

Recently the daughter of a good friend passed away. I was telling my own daughter than Jayne was a person who lived unconventionally and despised religion. She remarked, ‘You and I don’t like it either.’ People like us can can imagine ourselves surrounded by the blind and the dead, and frequently are. There are people who chose religion over life out of timidity or because they have chosen to work at self-authentication in their own strength. They worry away at in the imagined safety of their flesh. Their conformity  wins approbation in some quarters. But such status leaves them personally more blind than they should be and far less alive than their inheritance allows. There is a penalty for rejecting the fullness of Christ. It’s called death.

To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead’ Rev 3.1 NIV.

When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins’ Col 2.13 NIV.

‘He said, “Go and tell this people: “‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving’ ‘Isa 6.9 NIV.

The nations were angry, and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your people who revere your name, both great and small– and for destroying those who destroy the earth’ Rev 11.18 NIV.

Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land’ 2 Chron 7.14 NLT.



If we have been brought up in legalism or in the deeper and more subtle influence of a law culture and Christian performance orientation, it may be easy for us to imagine that Paul retained elements of the law as part of the equation between ourselves and God. It will take a greater effort to come to the realisation – revelation – that God cannot be reduced to law but is in fact expressed as Jesus Christ and that Jesus as Himself with no additional feature or appended prescriptions is in person the righteousness of God and more. He is life itself and more pertinently your life!

It would be easy, raised in Christianity, to imagine that our belief system is the reality and Jesus is a shadow or an addendum. How else do we explain the stubborn or grudging attachment of many Believers to the patterns and behaviours that we adopt as our religious life? But there is a way that is more simple and infinitely more powerful. These things are the shadow. But the reality is Christ.

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.  He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy’ Col 1.15-18 NIV.

We have asserted often in this space that the new covenant is not an adaptation of the old and is not the law with Jesus added or the law with Jesus as our supernatural strength to enable law-keeping. There is no law in the new testament other than the person of Christ in people. Jesus is in us and with us to impart Himself! This is why we need to take careful note of the fact that in Philippians Paul equates law when compared to Jesus as excrement. A law-based religious culture not only denies us life – it ferments neuroses and mental illness. Sure – I know this is a problem for those who find it difficult to be decisive about anything. But Jesus and Paul were decisive because they lived in God and not some version of the knowledge of good and evil. The former is the home of sons. The latter the redoubt of politicians.

On the road to Damascus, Paul became the subject of a drastic encounter and an exquisite revelation: he saw that the eternal representation of God was not the Torah but Jesus of Nazareth. He saw that those who received Jesus as Lord and Christ were no longer out but in. Paul saw that the person of Yahweh had been revealed in Jesus and that it was Jesus who was Messiah, Christ and Lord. In Jesus’ remarks to Paul, ‘Why are you persecuting me?’ Paul  saw that there was no place for sacred violence and that the attitudes he had embraced on behalf of God were not from God.

But more than this. It was revealed to Paul that his in group/out group mentality; the mentality of his doctrine and culture was not legitimate and from now on was defined as the opposite of truth. He saw  that there was no merit in the cultural distinctives that he has been taught recommended him to God. Nothing about this that enabled him and his to participate in God. There was now a new way that had nothing to do with law and everything to do with our inclusion in God on account of our position in His Son.

‘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.

Not only is our conflicted and bisected self made one. The creation is made one in Christ who brings all things together in Himself

Paul saw that what recommended anyone to God and placed people in Him was a trust and belief in Jesus Christ as Lord. Paul was being shown, that he and his nation were not received or acceptable to God on the basis of the law or on account of their definition of truth. They were all were included in God’s Family on account – not of the law – but of Christ. This was a drastic back-flip for Paul. Yet this is the same re-orientation that any Christian shackled to torah must make.

Don’t be misled by law-cults and Jewish revisionism. There are those who see themselves as apart from other Christians, as themselves ‘in the truth’ and the harbingers of a special message. They are grossly out of sync with the new and living way. Their message undoes what Father achieved for us in Christ. It elevates the law above Christ, makes the law god and in so doing diminishes Christ. The effect is that the ministry of Holy Spirit is denied and the spirit and soul of the Believer is suffocated. The near death and paralysis of parts of the body of Christ, does not occur so much because of the absence of Holy Spirit. It gains ground because so many have never advanced into the fullness of what Father won for them in the person of His Son: Union with Himself.

‘He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life’ 2 Cor 3.6 NIV.

Paul’s experience on the Damascus road is affirming to those who have abandoned the ‘other gospel’ of performance orientation to live in the new covenant power of God. It is cogently applicable to those who remain dormant through lack of insight and revelation in an old covenant mindset. Paul became the apostle of the free spirit and the advocate of a gospel that was more than a form of Godliness – it was the power of God.

The radical life that is the Kingdom through you is life in the Spirit of Christ. There is nothing weak and vapid about this. This is the reality of the three-personed God alive in your body. It is you as a son positioned in your Father. It is Christ come in the flesh and by the Spirit active in the world of people and things. This is the reality in which the anointing and the gifts flourish.

Dr Stephen Crosby writes,  ‘The revelation to Saul that his God was Jesus unrecognized, and that Christ was in union with the least of these, was reinforced when Paul was instructed to go and find another member of the dreaded sect of the Nazarene. In this case it was Ananias, someone Saul thought worthy of death.’

So what do we learn from this? Paul’s encounter brought to him the revelation that God was not with those who upheld the law but with those who received the fullness of Jesus Christ. What is fullness? It is inclusion in Christ and as a result, oneness with our Father. Fullness is living in all of our inheritance. Consequently fullness is the projection of Father’s life into us and hence into our everyday affairs in the Spirit of Sonship. It is the Kingdom of God.