The Enemy will try very hard to make considerations other than Jesus our life. It’s the plan to dull you and impede the Kingdom. In Adam life is attempted solo and sought independently of God. In Christ the new Adam and new father of the human race life is found in Christ and the trinity and imparted by us to the creation. The trinity live in us. It’s our living from this truth that changes our gospel from one of institutionalism to one of power.
To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: "Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen--the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's new creation’ Rev 3.14 NIV. He is the new creation in spirit and in truth.
The new creation is Christ in you. Not Christianity in any of us. Raised in Christianity it would be very easy to imagine that the religion is the real deal. There are people – and not a few – who get very unhappy when it is stated that Christ and not religion is our life. There’s a reason why so many of us find Jesus when this life we call ‘ours’ disappears. We get some perspective. Get our values straight and start looking for life where it is: In Jesus. Once we start living from Jesus instead of from ‘the stuff’ we are able to impart His spirit and life to the stuff.
You might be surprised how many are in ministry who are not actually in His life. They are in Christianity – often a substitute for a life in Jesus. When the person of Jesus is Himself our life He is real and has come 'in our flesh.' The genius of our Father is that His life is multiplied through His sons.
'To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory' Col 1.27 NIV. There are people about with real life. They worship a real Jesus who is real to them and those they touch because He lives in them and infuses their spirit with the life of heaven. As a result their bodily life represents Him. They are life-giving spirits.
YOU, CHRIST MANIFEST
For life-givers, Jesus is the Christ of God and not some appendix to their week or church routine. Their Jesus really is their lord in spirit and in truth. He lives in them and manifest through their persona.
The simple adventure of this is that they multiply His life by being THEMSELVES. In Christ you are never a mere cipher. You make the kind of difference one makes who is connected to the One writing the Story of the universe. The Father manifests His practical love and authority through you where you are.
With Jesus as your life you will exude spirit and life and be a smarter person intellectually. This is always a threat to the dim and the dull merchants of religion. Legalism and a law-culture makes the greatest inroads on our potential, intelligence and creativity.
MERCHANTS OF DEATH
Law-mongers and religious magnates destroyed the Prince of Life when He came among them. Suffocating life is what law-mongers do. When our Jesus is a conceptual Jesus we are among those who deny that Jesus has come in the flesh. When we embrace Jesus as a person we embrace life. With Jesus as our life we become life-givers. Because we are 'in Him' we become doors to the Kingdom of heaven and channels of His Spirit-life.
You in this new testament age you have the opportunity to be Jesus expressed. This is life in the Spirit. Thus the Body of Christ is not a theological construct but the community of those in whom Jesus has come in the flesh. The difference between those for whom the body of Christ is a construct and those for whom it is a reality is the difference between death and life. Stephen Crosby explains,
'The church's existence should not be viewed as a "now and then" paradigm. Rather, the church is an eternal creative act of God and as such shares eternal essence with Christ. It has history in eternity past, and destiny in eternity future. Viewing the church solely from the soteriological purposes of God results in low ecclesiology. In a low perspective, the purpose of the church is to get people "saved" from eternal damnation and populate heaven, and ready for the rapture. The typical evangelical presentation of the gospel is fundamentally stunted, and cut-off from God's eternal design. Is there no greater plan than our escape?' Stephen Crosby in 'Your Empowered Inheritance: Now!'
CONTINUOUS EXPRESSION OF JESUS
There certainly is more to our life than going to heaven. Our mandate is to bring heaven to earth. God's plan is Christ in you and Christ as His people. The effect of this is Christ at large as the church and heaven expanding on earth.
The basis of brining heaven to earth is firstly the new covenant and our union with God. Secondly it is the incarnation that is this union active. Thirdly it is the power of the Holy Spirit which the former to release without limit.
The new creation cannot eventuate if the saved think themselves entitled to scarper off to heaven because they have paid their dues. Heaven is coming the other way. This is because we are the continuation of the everlasting gospel that began in heaven before the foundation of the world.
The issues and chaos of our present existence on earth all have solutions that are realizable – if humanity could be rational, non-self-centered and work together. The societies of the world will continue to be the Babylon they are until Christians lead the way and demonstrate that Christ really is our life and that when we believe we all become the manifestation of God as the sons and daughters of God.
God's son has always existed as Himself, yet as the manifestation of the Father's Son. You, dear friend exist as the manifestation of Jesus to an unbelieving world. You have life and authority in you to do what Jesus did in the authority of His Father and as His sons.
Don't settle for a lame gospel when the gospel of the Kingdom is not only your inheritance but you mandate as agents of new creation life.