BIGGER ON THE INSIDE
The essence of apostleship is liberating captives and often some who are unaware of their captivity. Rather than taking offence at apostolic people and going into a sulk, we could do well to take advantage of their penetrating insight and knowledge of the new and living way.
'Apostleship does not exist in support of common errors. It lives to reveal what has always been the truth.'
If we find ourselves insulted at the words of someone who uncovers more of Father, alerts us to depths we have missed in our inheritance in Jesus and utters truths that are subversive of religion and which denude us of the veils of false identity with which we have drugged ourselves - could it be that we may have been among those who shouted 'Crucify him!' when He came among us offering a more authentic identity in Palestine.
The same spirit who urged that Jesus be put to death is the spirit who urges that those who speak in His name speak the words of death when they are speaking life. But there is never death in the truth - always life and new adventures in deeper experiences of knowing God and being ourselves in the spirit of sonship. Jesus warned of the deceit of the wide road for a reason.
The road of conformity is never the narrow way of life without limit. It is the person of Jesus, no more and no less who is light and life. Gregory Boyd astutely observes, that "Large segments of the body of Christ mistake their judgment [discernment] - their eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil - to be love! [and life] Tragically, they promote the essence of the fall as though it were salvation." (1) Gregory Boyd, following Bonhoeffer notes that parts of Christianity are a Christianised version of the knowledge of good and evil. As such this is no advance on the old covenant and the way of Adam - except that it has a Jesus gloss and it sells people short.
YOU AND FATHER ARE ONE
The basis of Kingdom life is our achieved union with God through the divine enterprise. The reality of Kingdom life is lived in the incarnation. This is the core of Kingdom advance as it is not just Christ in us as good as this is. It is the trinity having made their home in us. This union with God that Jesus had is now ours and because of this we can have the Spirit without limit. The Spirit and her anointing is not a standalone entity. It's a function of our new covenant incarnation. By itself it will not last and can in separation mode be the source of either crooked versions of God's heart or emanations form the heart of darkness.
CHRIST IN YOU
You have this inheritance in jars of clay. Paul is speaking of Christ come in our flesh. 'We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us' 2 Cor 4. 7 NIV. We can multiply this inheritance or we can distribute one of our own - like purveying the body of death as if it is the Kingdom of God.
We can minister a gospel of life unto life or we can minster from a private identity and another gospel as sellers of religion. But we should keep in mind what Jesus said about leading the vulnerable and naïve astray: 'If anyone causes one of these little ones--those who believe in me--to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea' Mark 9. 42 NIV.
(1) Gregory A. Boyd. Repenting of Religion: Turning from Judgment to the Love of God (Kindle Locations 22-24).