What is our inheritance? It is union with God now and forever. You have an achieved union that is yours to live in. Just as in Adam all were separated, so in Christ all have been made one with God. The difference between those living the Kingdom and those spreading religion is not our earning it. It is our embracing and possessing it. This is the seed taking root in our being. We can bury this grace in the ground because we would rather live with our meagre view of god; diminished because we insist on viewing Him religiously ‘as a hard man’ and we need to believe we must do something to establish our credentials as worthy. Then again we can accept His graciously and offered gift of His life as ours and be planted in Him as seed in the soil of the trinity.
The parable of the sower is not about ‘trying harder’ or Christian discipline. But it is about obedience concerning belief. It’s about whether we will allow ourselves to be deep-rooted in union with God or whether we will devise subtractions and additions.
The cross is His life for ours. The incarnation is His life as ours by the Spirit. The result is union with God in the Spirit of Sonship. This is the source of bountiful produce. Since the cross we are in union with God - so much so that we are one with Him by the One Spirit. This is the deep soil of bountiful Kingdom life.
The incarnation is the result of the cross and the ground of the gifts of the Spirit. Our participation in the sonship of Jesus as sons of God is the soil from which comes the Spirit without limit. Here we are taking new covenant union. We have left behind the death that was ours in Adam and the separation that was ours under the law of Moses. God is not only near us. He is in us. He is not only in us. The trinity is blended with our being. This is God come in our flesh - the antidote to a religious life of separation and ‘keeping close to Jesus.’ Why? Jesus is with you and in you. You cannot undo Him. But you can ignore Him and live in your own mindset of rocks and stone.
Agreement with God’s gospel is the soil in which the Kingdom takes root.
Unless we are deep-rooted in our new covenant union the effect of the anointing will fade because the gifts have no root. Life in charisma will not flourish on an old covenant base. This is to say that we should not expect the Kingdom to advance if we remain tied to the law. We are tied to the law if we are hooked on one commandment or living from ‘religious principle.’ This kind of garden grows things. It grows tares.
Our life is Christ - Christ expressing Himself as us. In the introduction to Stephen Crosby’s book on the New Testament Prophet we find words of great relevance not only to prophetic people but to those who have imagined that they can bolt the gifts of the Spirit like a super-charger onto an old covenant engine and still grow the Kingdom of God.
DISTORTION AND CONFUSION “The gifts were given to the church that we all may attain to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Jesus Christ. But these gifts have become self-existing entities apart from the Lord and the inevitable misuse of them, particularly in the prophetic realm, has resulted in widespread confusion, distortion, damage, and even outright destruction amongst God's people. If you want to perpetuate the Charismatic dysfunction ubiquitous on the Christian landscape, this book is definitely not for you.” (1) The gifts themselves cannot produce the fullness of Christ if we are still captured in the prison of the law and old covenant separation. The fullness of Christ is ours when He is our life. This fullness of spirit and life is ours when live in Him as Himself and He lives in us to make us ourselves. In the simplicity of Christ our life all are winners and all produce much fruit.
(1) Crosby, Stephen. The New Testament Prophet: Understanding the Mind, Temperament, and Calling (Kindle Locations 132-135). . Kindle Edition.