The cross is always with us as is the resurrection and the life. We can embrace the new covenant because it is the key to infinite life. Then again we can ignore it because we fear it will undermine all we have built our lives on. The issue is, are we content to be dead men talking or are we up for being a personal manifestation of Jesus Christ? The new covenant is the most radical form of religion ever because it is not religion. It’s Christ as you.
‘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.
RAGS INSTEAD OF RICHES
Religion provides a degree of comfort to many Christians. I say ‘degree’ of comfort because in some cases this is false comfort; in others it is threadbare comfort and in others it is the dangerous comfort of drug that insulates us from the re-creating reality of union with God. Religion, for many, is what Karl Marx said it is: The opiate of the people. Religion is false comfort when it is the vehicle of doctrine that neutralises the cross and suffocates the incarnation. It is threadbare comfort when it is a security blanket of abstractions with no substance. It is a dangerous comfort when it seduces us to faith in the specious solidities of laws or the excitements of ‘touches’ phenomena. It finds its place when it is as simple as ‘Christ in you,’ in which case it is no longer religion but you alive in the Spirit of Christ in company with the trinity.
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it’ Matt 7.13 NIV.
Religion insulates people from reality because it insulates them from God. Feeding on religion is like eating the milk carton and not getting to drink the milk. Religion is not spirituality. God is a spirit. Spirituality occurs from the blending of our spirit with His. Since Jesus undid Adam we are one with God by the One Spirit. Resting in agreement with this reality is spiritual. The results of this resting are the fruits of the Spirit and the multiplication of Christ.
‘He saved us, not because of the righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He washed away our sins, giving us a new birth and new life through the Holy Spirit’ Titus 3.5 NIV.
Religion separates people from God in the name of Godliness and dulls spiritual eye-sight accordingly. Should we remain in an old covenant mindset, we create a false separation that blurs spiritual vision and which is the opposite to the spiritual incisiveness of the double edged sword of the living word that would have been Christ in you. This puts a new focus on the saying ‘Blind leaders of the blind,’ given that those who assume leadership in this mode are renowned for spiritual dullness and Kingdom insight.
In this age all have the opportunity to be interwoven with God. This intermingling of being is the distinctive feature of the age. Jesus said, ‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20. The trouble is thousands have not realized this yet and it is why so much of the earth remains under the power of the One Ring, when the ring has already been thrown into the fires of Mt Doom.
NEW COVENANT DELINEATED
In the introduction to his book on the New Covenant, we find this endorsement. “This work is the result of years of in depth biblical, cultural, and historical scholarly research through which Crosby presents the clearest description of what it is to say “Jesus is Lord!” that I’ve ever encountered. Honestly, I found myself tremendously challenged at times and wrestling with myself as I discovered just how much modern American Christianity has mutated what it is to truly be a follower of Christ. I don’t think most Christians have a clue just how radical the New Covenant really is.”
Crosby, Stephen. How New is the New Covenant?: Discovering the Implications of: Jesus is Lord (Kindle Locations 42-46). Stephanos Ministries. Kindle Edition.