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LIFE AND NON-LIFE


Jesus was clear. The issue was life and non-life, truth and lies. Diminished life is always associated with diminished truth and degrees of death with an alternative narrative to Jesus as the way, the truth and the life. We are no more at liberty to produce our own gospels than Adam was at liberty to choose the tree over trust in God.

‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full’ John 10.10 NIV.

THE LIVING DEAD

In Christ we are alive. If we not alive we are by definition in something else. As I boy in the 1950s I often read the Mandrake comic strip in The Daily Telegraph. Mandrake was a magician and his colleague Lothar was a robust black man dressed in gear that reminded you of spotty underpants. Together they pitted themselves against many evils. One of the challenges they met were ‘the living-deads.’ These were zombie like people who moved about in a the daze of half-life of the kind described in
Revelation three: ‘You say you are alive but you are actually dead.’ The Kingdom of God is about being right so that we live I the blessing of BEING ALIVE.

It is apparent that life, love and light are one in the person of God. It is also apparent that we can be dead and think we are alive and blind although we think we see. It’d unfortunate but true that we can think we are in the Spirit when we are not - and not because we are still united to the law.

SELF INSULATION

A friend saw my library. He assumed that I was able to write well on behalf of Jesus on account of my in depth reading. He was wrong in that. My work was imbued with spirit and life because I had made an unreserved commitment to follow where Jesus led - and not stop at the borders of personal beliefs or denominational fences. Jesus is either Lord or other things are. Our loyalty is not of the kind that is pure in heart if we have two masters. The pure in heart not only see God. They will see. Should we consistently reject and unconditional commitment to truth we and our ministry will be surrounded by a loud of darkness, visible to the pure in heart but undiscernible to ourselves.

‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God’ Matt 5.8 NIV.

Jesus declared Himself THE WAY. ‘Seeing’ is a property of our new covenant life and our position in the new and living way of life and light. ‘Seeing’ in the Spirit has nothing to do with intelligence or learning and everything to with the spirit of liberty, wisdom and revelation. Bound to Jesus we are free. Hidden in Jesus we are revealed as our true selves. Put to death in Jesus we are alive in spirit and in truth. In Jesus we are one with our Father. The following are scriptures about sight and the sighted.

LIGHT AND LIFE

‘Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children’ Gal 4.25 NIV.

‘In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind’ John 1.4 NIV.

‘But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God’ John 3.21 NIV.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full’ John 10.10 NIV.

‘Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’ John 14. 6 NIV.

THE WAY

In the
way of God righteousness flows out of life and is the fruit of life to the full. God has made a way for us to live in God through His Son. This is the new and living way because only this way is alive. It is alive because it is an advance on Adam and the culmination of life itself in Christ. It is freedom because we have been liberated from the death tree to be who we are as humans and as individuals in the vine.

In Adam all die. In Christ all are made alive. This spirit and life begins as soon as we believe in Jesus and expands from glory to glory as we learn to live in His life and not our own. Our advance into fullness is largely learning to live in what is already ours - the unconditional reality of Christ’s life as our life.

The knowledge of good and evil is the old deviant way of death. To live from this ‘way’ is to live from the law and from sin consciousness. To live from Jesus is to live from life and God consciousness. This is the difference between living in a poverty mentality and living in abundance.