It would be a sad thing if most of us lived from a fundamental misconception about the gospel of the Kingdom.
If there is a foundation that needs to be laid to undergird what will become the Kingdom of God and the manifestation of heaven through God’s people, this foundation is the new covenant. Briefly it means living in a life that is not yours as though it is. Actually it is yours. It has been bestowed on you. It is your inheritance as a son of the free woman – the woman who conceives and bears children in the Spirit instead of in the natural.
‘For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ’ 1 Cor 3.11 NIV.
Jesus did not come to establish Christianity. He came to multiply Himself in all who believe. By incarnating Himself in humanity through the Holy Spirit, the church becomes His life multiplied. Jesus manifest as you is the new creation. So lets stop muffling Him and stifling Him in institutionalism and religion.
‘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.
The new covenant is Jesus write large. Jesus incarnated through you and as the church. This is the church is that is Jesus expressed as His people. It is nothing as pedestrian and stilted as an institutional organisation that people attend to do Christianity. Christianity is not a religion. It is the person of Jesus incarnated in His disciples and and manifest in the fluid dynamic that arises from the hearts and minds of the sons and daughters of God.
We are not people of the book. But we are people of the living word made manifest as Bob and Mary. This is not to deny the Bible. It is to affirm Bible teaching. Life is not something outside you. It rises up in you. It changes you from the inside. It confirms you as a daughter and a son. It removes the fear of death and fills you with eternal life TODAY. This life is Christ your life.
Yet Christ our life is even more mysterious and powerful when described as the wife of Christ. The truth here is that Jesus conceives His life in us and births His life through us so that as the Bride of Christ we birth new creation life into our homes and work places.
Let Jesus lose in you and He will transform your un-life by removing all that is dead. He is your resurrection and your life. He is the new creation life multiplying out of you so that you are fruitful in regenerating the earth.
In new covenant mode we are sons in spirit and in truth. We are the Bride who makes Christ complete in the world.
In religion we are sons conceptually and religiously. More accurately we are workers when we could be sons whose being is linked by the Spirit to our Father and joined so that we are the manifestation of Him as daughters and sons. We need to get out of the matrix of right and wrong, of the Adamic existence and the knowledge of good and evil. By the Spirit we are able to live the life that is the Son of God in us and as us. Those who eat Jesus will live because of Him. By eating His flesh and drinking His blood in the Spirit, His life becomes our life. A life in the Spirit is the only way to make a difference in the flesh and in the world. Many of us could leave off harping about the cross and live in the resurrection. This was the point of the cross. Your Adamic life put to death and your Jesus life as you.
‘I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me’ Gal 2.20 NIV.
As Kerry Hopkins writes in the introduction to Stephen Crosby’s book, The New Testament Prophet.
“Be warned: this book will not only revolutionize your understanding of New Testament prophets and prophecy, it will also revolutionize your understanding of Christianity.”