Two pastors spoke at two churches. St John’s was on one side of the road and St Bede’s on the other. One pastor lived in the new covenant. The other lived in the old. One spoke living words. The other cardboard words. For one Jesus was his life. The other looked to Jesus to help him live his life. One spoke with authority and the other spoke. One released living water from his inner being. The other released the religion from which he lived. Both used the Bible. But only one released words clothed in the Spirit of God. Only one multiplied the life of God.
How do we teach people to live as the sons and daughters of God? The short answer: Be a son. Be a daughter.
‘For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory’ Col 3.3,4 NIV.
The best way we can teach people that Christ is our life is to live Him. This is not an attempt to copy Him. By the Spirit His life become our life. This is the fuller meaning of the Lord’s Table.
There is a reason why some speak revelation and others just speak.
Truth in the Kingdom is never an abstraction. It is an expression of God’s person. Only in the knowledge of good and evil is truth alienated from its source. Life, which is spirit and truth which is light is unknowable outside of Christ. Carnal Christianity may worship the expressions of Christianity and those who express it well. But truth is Jesus who lives in us all. Truth which is Jesus BECOMES YOU!
The spirit of sonship comes trailing clouds of life and glory. There is no fear or bondage in the spirit of sonship – only light and freedom. The new covenant person is done with religion. She lives in life itself. New testament men and women eat Jesus. They release fullness of life because they are done with death. Set free from Adam they live in Jesus.
One still bound to the tree of knowledge knows truth. But does not know life. One for whom Christ is life is the truth. You are the expression of Christ by the Spirit when He is your life. This is what makes you alive and sets others free. Where the spirit of the Lord is there is freedom. But freedom is impeded wherever people are stuck to bits of religion. Promoting bits of religious mixture in the name of God is insidious because it promotes death in God’s name. There is no taint when Jesus is our life.
Seated in Christ you are in the Father. As you live out of Father you are a daughter/son. ’ Rick Joyner in The Path puts it this way. When you speak
‘You are sharing words that are Spirit and life, because they are your life,’ … Truth that is life is truth that is lived, … ‘As you live what you learn, your words will have the power of life. You will not just teach the truth. You will impart the truth when He is your life.’ Like Jesus you will have the authority of life unlike the teachers of the law.
‘Jesus said to them, "Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you’ John 6.53 NIV.
But what if Jesus is your life? What if Jesus is what you eat and breathe? Then you have the presence of God in you; the Spirit of God expressed as you. You become a river of living water.