NEW AND LIVING WAY OF LIFE
The Son of God always was. He has always been 'begotten' and always brought forth from the Father. Before He was the Son of Man He was the Son of God. As both He revealed His Father, illustrated His love, declared His authority, showed us how sons of God live and atoned for our sin on the cross. Jesus came from the Father, became the way to the Father and expressed the Father. To see Jesus is to see the Father. It is also to see and know who we are.
At Pentecost Jesus returned to earth in the Holy Spirit. Where once there had been one Jesus and one band of disciples, now Christ lived in His people by the Spirit. Alive in His people He forces death from their souls and fills them with His resurrection life. He is the resurrection and the overturning of the death sentence that applied to all who ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
'But you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die' Gen 2.17 NIV.
'Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die' John 11.25 NIV.
'And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy' Col 1.18 NIV.
Jesus is the life of God in you. Jesus is the human face of God. The wonder and mystery of God's revealed plan is that there is a human being in heaven - Jesus Christ of Nazareth, son of God. The other side of this is that deity lives in you! This same Jesus, enthroned beside the Father lives by the Holy Spirit in you. Yet we are also in Him. We are one with God. This does not mean we are deities. But we daughters and Sons!
There is no 'Unmoved Mover' style of God about Jesus or the Father. In Jesus Father created humans, walked with them in Palestine, died for them and now lives to impart His life to them by the Spirit of Sonship. While signs, miracles and manifestations are marvelous, the real miracle is that He lives in us and is our life. The greatest miracle is the Spirit of Sonship. We have been re-joined to the Father as sons and daughters of God to release His resurrection life into our daily affairs. The result is the new creation.
Jesus healed the sick, raised the dead and cast out demons because He loved people. Yet this was also a demonstration and an advertisement - a sign of His plan for His transformation of the world. He transforms the world through love. Never through violence, manipulation, coercion or hate. Jesus lives in us to empower us to multiply the life of heaven in our families, factories and farms.
Jesus effected the new creation through the laying down of His life and His resurrection. Not through force and violence. The world's Messiah is Jesus Christ. Not Barabbas. Jesus illustrated with His body that the meek inherit the earth, experience resurrection and multiply the Kingdom of God.
'Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place' John 18.36 NIV.
Jesus came to live in us. By doing this to transform people and re-create the world. The real purpose of the church is not to get people into church, or expand the church. It is to be the church of new creation life. Being the church is not just another template or institution. It's Christ as us. The new creation of society occurs when Christ our life becomes His Kingdom in the world. The church is Believers being daughters and sons. Here are His kings and priests, the Kingdom of God and the new creation.