Christ Your life

His Kingdom multiplied through you

REPENT OF SEPARATION


Some years ago I participated with others in curriculum development for a Christian school. Our task was to develop strategies for the teaching of Godly principles in every subject. This was not so difficult for subjects like biology or English. It was math that proved the conundrum. The other subjects gave opportunity to be didactic. But math – how does one teach about Jesus in algebra or geometry?

NOT AN IDEOLOGY

The problem was exacerbated since our religious culture embraced the Holy Spirit in theory and ignored Him in practice. In fact the existence of ‘spirit’ and spiritual was construed religiously rather than sui generis. Spirituality was culturally defined as things you understand, believe and do. In other words it was works based. Historically Christianity has defined ‘spirit’ as the essence of God, the mode of heaven and the spark of Himself that Father breathed into Adam. In the same vein we now understand ‘spirit’ to be from heaven and ‘the flesh’ to be from earth. The ‘flesh’ is the motivation of fallen man. The Spirit is what ignites redeemed humanity. Life in the Spirit is our born again, new creation life in Jesus.

Whether we hold to one law or to any law, we suffocate the effect of Christ as our life. Legalism is a profound distortion of the gospel of the Kingdom. A religious culture based on law is a serious distortion of community life and a severe restriction in spirituality.

SPIRIT OF SONSHIP

Once we understand that our ability to multiply God’s life comes from what we are rather than what we do, the problem of ‘How do I teach Jesus in math?’ disappears. We just release His life from His Spirit within us.

The issue highlights the illusion of separation and compartmentalization – one of the key features of Christianity realized as a version of the knowledge of good and evil. God placed us in Himself in Christ. Not only are we one with Him. We are one with the Reality He has made. There is no holy and unholy in the Kingdom. No sacred and secular or my time and His time. We live and have our being in God. Thus in every way to live is Christ. His Spirit is in us and with us when we are teaching math and when we are fishing for trout in a Tasmanian stream.

‘God said ‘Be holy because I am holy.’ In Jesus He has made this so.

We are spiritual beings because we are spirits with a body. A.W. Tozer emphasizes that that we are not bodies in which a spirit lives. We are spirits that have a body. The mystery of Godliness today is that the Son of God became incarnated in a human body as the Son of Man. The reality of our Christ-life is that the Son of God is incarnated in each of us as the sons and daughters of God. Keep this in mind in regard to being the church and the witness of Christ.

WOMB OF LIFE

Life comes from heaven, not from the earth. The life of God comes from Spirit and not from the flesh. Yet the Son of God came in the flesh and we know Him when we are of God through the witness of the Holy Spirit. Christ’s disciples are disciples in spirit and in truth when Christ has come in their physical bodies. The best disciples are sons of God. Ineffectual disciples are workers and slaves of religion.

‘I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist’ 2 John 1.7 NIV.

SPIRIT IS ALIVE

We are told on good authority that by 200 AD the church had become institutionalized. That what had commenced in the Spirit of Christ and His indwelling had morphed into the ‘the letter.’ What had been a church that was the manifestation of Jesus in people had become the church that consisted of roles, statuses, hierarchies – and most of this led by people in ‘offices’ rather than persons chosen by the will of the Father and set aside for a specific purpose by Jesus.

If we live in Christ because He is our life, we ourselves will be the manifestation of Jesus where we are.

We can observe a similar pattern to the 200 AD guys today. Things start in the Spirit. There is a period of Holy Spirit fire with excitement and hope. Then the glory fades and we make do with the letter. Or then again we never left the letter. We remained in our old covenant suppositions and try to link the Spirit to what God has left behind. But the Spirit will never bond with the letter. If we are grounded in the law, that which begins in the Spirit ends in the letter with calcification or gentrification. Trouble is, the Spirit is life but the letter is death.

‘The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirit and life’ John 6.63 NIV.

TO SEE JESUS IS TO SEE YOU

Once again the solution is found in our state of being. Life originates in what we are. Not what we do. The Spirit cannot be institutionalized in the letter. Holy Spirit cannot be condensed in words. Heaven’s life cannot be distilled into programs. Neither can it be captured in churches and their stereo-typed weekly procedures. Life is found in Persons. Life generates life. Life is multiplied in those for whom Christ is life. Christ’s Spirit-life lives in you. Christ as your life enlarges our efforts and results in the glory of the King gracing our words and activities.

REPENT OF SEPARATION

Healing is fine, miracles are exciting, prophecy is wonderful, raising the dead is awesome, casting out demons puts a smile on one’s face, kindness and compassion are redemptive. But these are not the Kingdom. Not initially.
They are the effects of the King’s presence; the results of His life in us. Christ is our life or we are nothing and nothing we do will sustain or multiply the life of heaven. The letter is the religious form of the flesh that profits nothing.

‘The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirit and life’ John 6.63 NIV.

With Christ as our life we are spirit and life because we ourselves are heaven’s life. When Jesus is our life individually and as the church, the life of heaven multiplies itself on earth. It produces fruit that lasts. Don’t live in old covenant separation. This is the great darkness that produces the great drought of spirit and life. We can repent of poor doctrine and wonky belief, just as easily as we can repent of any other sin. We can bring our life-denying suppositions to the cross because we are bringing ourselves to the cross. Here we give up the life of Adam and are filled to overflowing with the life of Jesus.

When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’ Col 3.4 NIV.