AN ACCOMPLISHED FACT
The order of the Kingdom is not that the church produces Christ. The order is Christ produces the church. Yet it's more than this. Christ is the church. How does this occur? It happens when Christ has come in the flesh – our flesh. We become the manifestation of Jesus. Is this a work? No. It’s an accomplished fact called the incarnation.
‘This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God’ 1 John 4.2 NIV.
According to heaven's plan, the Son of God came to earth as Jesus, the Son of Man. Continuing with this plan Jesus is multiplied on earth as His Spirit is imbued in the flesh of His people. This is not a notional position. The incarnation is the key dynamic of the new testament age. Everything, the spirit of sonship, the gifts of the Spirit and Christ our righteousness are the effect of the trinity in us.
The Son of Man enthroned beside our Father is the face of humanity in heaven. But by the Spirit of Christ in us, Christ has come in those who are flesh and blood. Christ come in the flesh of His people is the face of the church on earth. The church Jesus builds is His life as our life - this church is the manifestation of Jesus as His people.
This is both subtly different and a radical contrast to the notion of church built by human hands. It is as radically different to the church built in the flesh. This is a church that begins in the Spirit/life of the trinity to become manifest as Christ come in the flesh of those who believe.
Some have been astonished that so much of Christianity has been built in the flesh. But little of this is of the Kingdom. We are in a position to make a new start for the church when we can accept the truth that nothing built by human hands is part of the new creation. It is part of our life in the first Adam but not of the Second Adam who is Spirit, resurrection and infinite life. Christ manifest in the flesh of the church is the Kingdom of God.
Formulae will not built the church that is Christ but Christ as our life will. The fullness of Jesus is seen as His church; seen when His people come from His side as His bride and reproduce Jesus in people and the work of their hands. This is the only kind of work that is alive and which multiplies itself into eternity. There’s no formulae here. It’s new creation through and through.
NEW CREATION LIFE
Man-made churches are mechanical examples of the flesh come in the flesh. The Church Jesus builds is Christ come in the flesh of His people in Spirit and in truth. If Christ is in us He will manifest through us. With Christ as our life we will birth sons and daughters alive in Christ. The way to plant churches is to follow Father's plan - by planting Jesus. Unless Jesus is what we plant anything we grow will be a weed garden.
'Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds' John 12.24 NIV.
SPIRIT GIVES LIFE
Don't attempt to pick the low-hanging fruit from churches filled with the sons and daughters of God and reduce what they are to a formula to apply in other situations. Christ's Kingdom is of the Spirit and not of the letter. He regards formulaic attempts at church building as pirating the treasure ships sent from the throne room. By this method we can plant tares but we will not harvest sons and daughters of God.
'If any man's work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire' 1 Cor 3.14,15 NIV.
By planting Jesus will harvest sons and daughters of God. By planting churches we will harvest churches.