FROM THE SON
Today on one of my walks around ‘our block I saw two things that made me happy. Bright, flaming leaves on the green grass at the base of a tree and a house with a sign outside with big letters, ‘It’s a girl!’ I was glad that I could participate in the joy that comes when a new person comes into the world.
All life comes forth from the Son!
Jesus is life itself and the complete expression of our Father. All things came to be through Him and He holds the entire creation together in His person. Every part of creation, every form of life owes its creation and purpose to God’s Son. We and the earth came forth from His being and we are resurrected in Him as the new creation in His person. There is an order of love, life and spirit that permeates all and binds it in togetherness and joy. This is the law of the spirit of life that is none other than the person of Christ.
‘For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death’ Rom 8.2 ESV.
There is life in no other name and in no other thing. All life is imparted from the person of Jesus and through those for whom Jesus is life. We are who we are because by the Spirit the Son of God lives in us. We are truly human and truly sons and daughters of God because by the Holy Spirit we are imbued with the Son of Man. Thus Christ in us is not only the hope of glory in the future. His life as our life is the unveiling of ever increasing glory every day.
‘Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth’ John 4.20-24 NIV.
When Jesus is our life we worship in spirit and in truth. We are sons of God. The attempt to find life in religious things is a form of superstition that diverts us from real life and dulls Christ’s presence in us. This is why it is safer to plant Jesus than it is to plant churches. Plant a church and you might harvest more church. Plant Jesus and you will harvest sons for God.
‘If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned’ John 15.6 NIV.
We are born again when we are dead in Adam and alive in Christ. Christianity is not about morality and nor is it about church. It is Christ’s life as our life. Unless we are born again and have made the transition from law to spirit we cannot see the Kingdom of God or participate in its life ( John 3.3).
The religious person attempts to find life in things. We are not sharp, focused or on target in religion, even if we are doing the Christian stuff. We can spend years in the mission field yet our being can be diminished and we remain spiritually dull. There is no substitute for Christ incarnated in us, nothing that has the same effect as His life as our life. There is no life in anything not God. It is God through Christ and His Spirit that life spreads out into new realms, driving out death as the new creation.
‘For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart’ Heb 4.12 NIV.
The law of the spirit of life is neither the new testament or the teachings of Christ and the apostles. It is Christ Himself. There is no law apart from the person of God alive in people. The manifestation of Christ in you has a name. You are a son/daughter of God. Your new name is your new covenant, new creation name. It is who you are according to the Father of Light and a repudiation of who the father of lies attempted to distort you to be.
Observances, rites, the reverence of times, the attribution of sacredness to places, the eating of foods or the donning of special clothing has no relevance in this age. In Adam we lived in parts and bits and pieces, attempting to clothe ourselves in the fig leaves of the knowledge of good and evil. Today we are in God, in the vine and branches of the tree of life. What counts is Christ as our life, Christ as the new creation dynamism welling up in our being; Christ forming His church as the manifestation of Himself; Christ alive as His people and His people transforming the world as His ever-unfolding Kingdom.
In Jesus is life and that life is the light of all who receive Him as their God and their life.
The Bible will not help us a lot if we are not in Christ. Many heresies, subtle and brazen claim their support from the Bible. Entire ‘other gospels’ and alternate cosmologies have been built on the claim of a Biblical foundation. If we have made ‘a christ’ from our religion or ‘a christ’ from extra-biblical revelation, we are not in Him and we do not have the Christ of God. We are in ourselves.
False Christ’s are more subtle than we think. But in this age we are extravagantly wealthy. We are not orphans. Christ has come to us in the Holy Spirit. He dwells in us and surrounds us so that we are privy to His personal mentoring. Because we are the habitation of God we are tutored by His wisdom and revelation. We have the Jesus lens through which to read the Bible and comprehend its true meaning with the eyes of our hearts.
God is a person. The Bible is not a person. The Bible is not God and the words of the Bible are not God. To read the Bible independently of the Spirit can be to turn it into the letter that kills. Only when we read the Bible in Jesus are its words alive and filled with grace and truth. Robert Brinsmead writes,
"The purpose of all Scripture is to bear witness to
Christ (John 5:39; 20:31). The Bible in itself is not the
Word of God. The Word of God is a person (John 1:1).
Neither does the Bible have life, power or light in itself
any more than did the Jewish Torah. These attributes
may be ascribed to the Bible only by virtue of its
relationship to Him who is Word, Life, Power and Light.
Life is not in the book, as the Pharisees supposed, but
only in the Man of the book (John 5:39),"