LIGHT HAS COME

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‘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.

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Authentic You!

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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.

The Dead are Alive!

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My daughter is an apprentice pastor with Christian Union. I am a web pastor with passion for all to have life to the full in the person of a personal Jesus who is their life. My daughter was telling me the other day, ‘I tell them it is Jesus – not His stuff..’ So do I. Unless we are the expression of His Spirit in us we are dead men and women walking. Fact is, quite a lot of Christians are embarrassed by Jesus talk.

So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit’ 1 Cor 15.45 NIV. We are alive when this life-giving Spirit is our life.

The James Bond movie, Spectre begins with the statement, ‘The Dead Are Alive.’ The tragedy about certain swathes of Christianity is that the potentially alive are dead. Not of course dead in the natural but dead in spirit and in truth. Dead because ‘the stuff’ rather than Christ Himself is their life. The striking thing about the sons of God is that they are alive in their spirit – not wooden or mechanical but alive in the resurrected Jesus who has delivered them from the tree of death. Spirit and life are always found together, as is the law, sin and death.

And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death’ Rom 8.2 NLT.

Christianity is a person. It never was a religion. He is incarnated in you – or meant to be. The church Jesus builds is the expression of Himself in those who take His name. This is Christ come in the flesh. Anything less than this is just a crowd of dead people. Ask Him. Say, ‘Jesus, manifest yourself in me!’

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind’ John 1.4 NIV.

But they could not stand up against the wisdom the Spirit gave him as he spoke’ Acts 6.10 NIV.

Many years ago I was speaking to a friend. He was a good man. He loved Jesus and was intent on honoring him in his daily life. He liked to button hole non-believers so that he could ‘tell them what he believed.’ But what he believed was not the gospel of the Kingdom. It was just a bunch of beliefs. What would I say to him today? I would say, ‘Give up that stuff. Just become a person – a person who is who he is because the Person of Jesus is your life.

The words ‘The dead know not anything’ are apt. They know neither who they are or what they can become. They have not entered their inheritance as ‘sons’ even though it has been theirs since the resurrection of Jesus and the outpouring of the Spirit. Side-tracked by religion and robbed of spirit and life they have immersed themselves in what they have been delivered from – the deathly hallows of religion.

All Believers are sons of God, whether they know this or not. Jesus has made the denizens of non-life, the sons of the slave woman both alive and free by becoming their life. But they must embrace this life. They need to live in the Christ of God and in what He has achieved for them – life in His Spirit of continually upwelling 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.

The obvious thing about the dead is that they do not know they are dead. Similarly in the spiritual realm if we are spiritually dead we may not know that we are a spiritual corpse. Paul describes the non-life that characterizes old covenant religion as ‘this body of death.’ He declares that Jesus has delivered us from it.

There is no us and God in the new testament. But there is us in God and God in us today. There is no life or righteousness that is external to God and never was. The righteousness of God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Today, since we have been joined to God and placed as family in the trinity, this life and this righteousness is us. It is us as the sons of God. Since Christ is our life we are filled with His Spirit and life – we are the manifestation of Him.

We are streams of life in the desert, when Christ is our life. The vicarious ministry of Christ means that He Himself is our relationship with God in every way. There is nothing remaining for us to make up here. Jesus is not the means to the end of some righteous state outside ourselves. He is our state of union with God. So lets leave of the talk of ‘Keeping close to Jesus.’ If this is the pre-requisite for a life in God, then all of us are done for. Because our ‘keeping close’ is so spasmodic.’ The implication of these words is that we must ‘keep close’ in order to be righteous and alive. But righteous and alive is Jesus. He is our life vicariously and our life because He has incarnated Himself in our being. You are alive because Christ is your life.

When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’ Col 3.4 NIV.

LIVING IN THE REALITY

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Should we tamper with the gospel by diluting the Christ and adding the law we make it more complicated than it is – we make it another gospel that robs the kingdom of vitality because is is a gospel of the flesh. We get some hybrid concoction similar to the old testament mixture of God and Baal. ‘Law’ in Paul’s terms refers to all self-effort and all performance orientation. Spirit in the new testament means the Spirit of Christ, of Sonship and the incarnate life of God in His people.

A woman said to me once after I had preached, ‘You make it sound so simple.’ ‘That’s because it is,’ I replied. The gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom is simple and profound because Christ is all and in all.

Should you desire sharpness of insight and clarity of vision you will find it in Jesus Himself. But not in His stuff.

Anything that is not Christ serves itself. There is the gospel of the Kingdom and there is the faint gospel of myth and institutionalism. It makes it easier to make a pseudo-jesus out of churchism if we are tied to ‘try harderism,’ a touch of law and a garnish of old covenant but not grounded in the reality of Christ our life. When Christ and not shadows are our life we can discern between shadow and reality. We can discern shadow gospels for what they are and embrace the reality who is Christ.

‘These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ’  Col 2.17 NIV.

C Baxter Kruger writes, ‘The gospel [of the Kingdom] does not leave you staring into heaven wondering how you are going to make it like Jesus did. The gospel does not leave you now with yourself and with figuring out how your human existence is going to be convened, how you are going to gain victory over evil, how you are going to become a member of that new covenant fellowship that Jesus has with his Father. The gospel is the news that Jesus Christ has done it. The gospel is not an invitation. The gospel is a declaration of the truth. It declares to us that we have been recreated in Jesus, that we have been delivered from evil in Jesus Christ, that we have been given a new relationship with the Father in Jesus Christ. The gospel declares to us that in the incarnation, life, death, resurrection and ascension of the Son of God, we were taken down and cleansed of all alienation; we were refashioned, recreated, born again; and we were lifted up into the circle of life shared by the Father, Son and Spirit, and there and then included in the great dance of the Triune God. Because it was no ordinary man who died and rose again and ascended. It was the incarnate Son of God, the one in and through and by whom all things exist!’

From The Great Dance by C Baxter Kruger.

‘And [we] have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him— renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all’  Col 3.10-11 NIV.

One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all’  Eph 4.6 NIV.

Out of Your Being

1plungeFather is called Father because He is Father of creation, Father of the. Cosmos and Father of you and your Family. To be a son/ daughter is to be linked to the reason and purpose of the universe and at home in your real home that is Fathers heart.

The Son of God entered the world to fulfil Adam’s mandate to be fruitful and multiply, the sons of God as Seward of creation. The trinity is relentless in continuing the plan – to share what they have with sons.

The crux of the new creation is the revelation of Fathers fatherhood and the establishment of sons in their inheritance and identity as the sons of God in spirit and in truth. This has happened by rooting them not in a abstractions or formulations of the knowledge of good and evil, but in God Himself through Jesus.

Because we are hidden in Christ we are openly joined to God as sons.

This is the source of our sonship, spirit-life, authority and humanity. It is also the reason for and the source of our life ‘in the Spirit’ which is a description of our life as sons.

One cannot be tied to the law, old covenant or a religious identity and be a son of God in fullness. The spirit without limit comes from our life in Father as does the anointing and the gifts. Charismata cannot be reliable or sufficient to live in the Spirit, which is an abridged wording of the spirit of sonship. Holy Spirit will enlarge Christ and our Father. He will never foster a regime of law plus spirit or a mixture of flesh and God. At the least Jesus will not let such a union flourish. Alternatively he will root it out.

Life in churchianity, law or old covenant cannot grow the Kingdom. It does not take root in it. Only when Christ is our life are we competent to minister the kingdom of heaven Into earth and then with all authority and not as the scribes and teachers of the law. Not only does Jesus call us to examine ourselves. We are called to critique our basic assumptions. Some of us have lived our entire lives affixed to erroneous assumptions and theologies. When Christ lives In us we  are freed to live in the gospel of the Kingdom. All others are counterfeit and diminish our being, hinder our identity and smother our ability to be the free spirits we were recreated to be interwoven with the being of God.

We can take Bible studies, give sermons and teach from our being or from a part of our being. To speak and minister in the Spirit is to be entirely oneself hidden and one with the person of Father. We are in this state of being in Jesus – never in Adam, the law or the old covenant. Here we are fractured, separated from Father and from ourselves – no matter how sincere we may be, how much we love Jesus or Spirit-filled we may be. Many Spirit-filled people have a level of anointing but are not living in the Spirit. Nor are they one with Father and sons in the fullest sense. They adhere to a try harder gospel and live a substantially old covenant life – with Jesus help! As a result the water flowing from their being is a drip rather than a river.

Jesus said, ‘Out of your being will come ‘rivers of living water.’ There’s a lot in the word ‘being.’ It’s about our essence and nature. We need to know who we are and live in it. This is why Satan attempted to dislodge Jesus from His real identity as son of God. If he could have done this, the plan of salvation would have been compromised. If somehow Jesus could have been persuaded to live out of a vision that cast Him as less than who He was, the restoration of the sons of God would have been incapable of fulfilment.

It’s a fact that humans become who they think they are. This is why truth and vision are important enough to be fought for, to die for and to live from. The Kingdom of God is compromised when we live from less than who we are and when we adhere to an inferior gospel to the gospel of the Kingdom.

Living from a mis-informed identity smothers our being. This is why there is power in right believing and living from correct theology, also known as sound doctrine. To live from Jesus, from what God has done in Him and and to be aligned with this gospel in spirit and truth is to be kings under the King and priests of the new covenant. Unless we are so aligned, the identity of sons, the fullness of Christ and the power of the Kingdom to be the new creation is compromised. Drips of water come from our being because we have a limited being, a small stature and only scraps of the Kingdom of God. But when one with God in His gospel of the Kingdom, we have that being that is described as sons. Anything less and we are workers, slaves and people of limited being and limited Kingdom influence. Live from where you are – in Father and as son!

India Ministry

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I and two colleagues are going to India on Saturday. We will minister with Indian pastors for three weeks. This is my 4th trip. People have faith in India – maybe because many have little else to have fain in. Or because, as is the case with the many Hindus who come to be prayed for – if God is real He must be able to do ‘God things’ like heal the sick, raise the dead and cast our demons.

I am able to blog from my iPad so I hope to give accounts when the opportunity arises of God’s grace and authority. Feel free to pray for our safety and the ability to be vehicles of Jesus’ grace and tremendous authority.

Keith Allen

YOUR KNGDOM COME BECAUSE IT ALREADY HAS

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.

 

 

 

Beyond the Horse Mentality

4beyondthehorsementalityTo live in our potential as a human being we must live in the Spirit. We are talking here of the Spirit of Christ. When filled with the Spirit in this sense we are filled with the Son of Man and He ignites our life. I use the word ignite because it is the  Spirit of Christ who lights up our being. To live in the flesh is to live without the lights turned on. At best we never reach our potential. At worst our behavior tends to more animal than human. But we have a life that is Christ that enable us to live in the Spirit of Sonship as sons of God.

More here.

To Do what Father is Doing

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The things that exist, all of them, find their life, structure and purpose in the Son of God, the logos and Living Word. Which brings us back to the notion of ecology. There is a spiritual ecology in which the physical ecology exists. This is a web of relationships in the spirit. To be a disciple of Jesus; to trust in Him and regard Him as our life is to be aligned with the real meaning and purpose of the cosmos. More here.