THE FREE WOMAN
Should we choose we can live on auto-pilot in a Christian routine making modest adjustments to the status quo but mainly oblivious to the fact that if we were astute enough to live in our inheritance our efforts would result in something much more than ‘something and nothing.’ They would ignite our living space with what Jesus had: Spirit and life.
Jesus never filled an opportunity with something pulled out of the hat for the occasion. There was nothing done for the sake of ‘doing something.’ Every event and opportunity was Him doing what Father was doing. Why? He and Father were one and He was in the spirit of the Spirit, so to speak. IN this Jesus was not modelling some kind of apostolic superman. He was being what any new covenant person living in their oneness with God could become as a son of the free woman.
TREE OF LIFE OR TREE OF KNOWLEDGE
It is mostly supposed that if we have a position on something, then we have that thing. Nothing could be further from the truth if we are living in some Christian version of the knowledge of good and evil. There is no life in fundamentalism because it comes from the wrong tree. When we live in God as sons in our inheritance we living in the state where the fruit is part of God and the extension of us. There is no dualism, no dichotomy and no separation in God and our union with Him. Life, love and righteousness are one as our relationship with Him.
Should we be marooned by like the Ancient Mariner in the law because we shot the albatross of the Spirit and got a piece of dead law around our necks for our efforts – we will revise the spirit back into the letter by instinct. People can do this by formularising the gifts in the letter. The contradiction in this mode is that the practising of gifts of the Spirit is not life in the Spirit but some new and subtle form of the letter that kills. We cannot utilise them properly in a state of disconnection. Old covenant people let loose with the gifts are a danger to themselves and the church.
SWIMMING IN REVELATION
In the new covenant age we are not forced to live in positions – unless we so choose. The essence of this age is that we and Father are one and more – that God and human beings are woven together in Jesus. The result of this is that we become privy to the revelation of what God knows and we become transformed by His presence in our being. We are one with life. We are participating in the being of the One who resurrects. Bad spiritual influences and flaky interpretations are usually not the fault of the gifts but from live in in mixture – in the separation of the old covenant in the new covenant age.
Keep in mind that Jesus is the living word and that when He is our life we can be living words as a manifestation of Him. These words have a name: The sons and daughters of God. There’s no dualism in this age. Not unless we insist on it with our fundamentalisms and dichotomies. We and Father are one, which means that we and life are one. But this is difficult in a culture of la, Bible deism and religious separationism. Stephen Crosby observes that in church history, “As the letter triumphed, the Spirit withdrew and textualism ruled supreme. It was the time of the believer’s Babylonian captivity . . . The error of textualism is not doctrinal. It is far more subtle than that and much more difficult to discover, but its effects are just as deadly. Not its theological beliefs are at fault, but its assumptions. It assumes for instance, that if we have the word for a thing we have the thing itself. If it is in the Bible, it is in us. If we have the doctrine, we have the experience.” (1) Of course it is not. But many Christians imagine that we can read the Bible and do the stuff. Not often and mainly by chance if at all. The principles cited there are the person of Jesus. They enter and become part of us when we ask Him to be our life.
Bible study will not always make us a better person but Jesus always will. Read the Bible and ask Jesus to release, grow and multiply what you are reading from Himself into you. It always works.
LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE
There is no law in the new testament age. Not of the Mosaic type. ‘Law on hearts’ cited by Jeremiah is not Mosaic. It is simply Christ in you. It is the person of Jesus and our union with Him and our Father. Jesus described this succinctly when He said, ‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20. To realise this and embrace it is to live in our inheritance and participate in the fullness of Christ our life. In Adam all die and remain dead. In Christ all are made alive and live in His spirit and life. This is literally living in the Body of Christ – the person who said. ‘This is my body’ became the your life by the Spirit as the Spirit of Life. He is the Source of our union fellowship and interwoveness in with the trinity and with each other.
(1) Crosby, Stephen. How New is the New Covenant?: Discovering the Implications of: Jesus is Lord (Kindle Locations 1227-1231). Stephanos Ministries. Kindle Edition.