We can live in an Adamic mindset personally or as a Christian culture. We live in Christ and in heaven’s culture when Jesus is our life. This is our new covenant Galatians 2.20, 21 life in the Spirit of Christ. Here we have allowed ourselves to be interwoven with the God. This is the real Body of Christ as opposed to a notional life as Christ’ Body. Living the reality rather than the shadow is ours when we live in our inheritance of union instead of a mindset of separation.
‘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. The day we realize this is the day we are one with the Family of God and the family of man in spirit and in truth.
In Hagar we are in Adam. In the Free Woman we are in Christ. It is important to be a son of God and not just a worker. Sons multiply new creation life because they are joined to Father's life, one with Father's heart and filled with the Spirit of Sonship. Like Jesus they and the Father are one. More importantly they only do what they see Jesus doing. When Jesus came to the end of His earthly ministry He was able to say, 'I did all that you set for me to do.'
'In Adam we represent the old creation. In Christ we are the new.'
Jesus and Father were one. In Jesus you and Father are one. As the Son of God Jesus was always where God meant Him to be, always in God's timing and always ministering to the person Father intended. No scatter-gun approach here. Jesus was not ministering out of religion or a ministry motivation. He ministered out of His Father.
'Workers routinely produce random acts of religion. Sons produce up to the minute, on target spirit and life.'
THE LIFE OF SONS
Jesus was both Son of God and Son of Man. The sons of God live in the Son of God. Jesus is more than the way to life. As the new and living way He is the life of Sons. Paul speaks of 'Christ your life.' This is new creation life in spirit and in truth.
Earnest effort in an old covenant mind-set may fill a religious space, but it will never be delivered with penetrating power or life-giving authority. As an old covenant Believer constrained in law and a separation mindset, we can give drops of water. As sons in union with Father we give rivers of life without trying hard.
NOT AS SCRIBES
Jesus spoke with authority and not as the teachers of religion because He was one with His Father, was His Father's Son and did in the moment what His Father was doing. This is the privilege of all who are the new creation. But not if we are workers of the old covenant. The difference between Hagar and Sarah is the difference between religion and the Kingdom of God.
'We can't live in the old covenant and deliver the new creation.'
Jesus never filled a religious opportunity with talk. On every occasion He spoke words of spirit and life. Spirit and life is not a function of information because it is not the product of the mindset of good and evil. It is a flow of revelation and life from the heart of the trinity.
LIVING WAY/LIVING SPEECH
There was no packing in what Jesus did or said. It was all resurrection and life, all ultra life. He was entirely separated from the knowledge of good and evil and totally in His Father. This is the model for sons and daughters and the new and living way which is not only Christ in you. This is CHRIST AS YOU. The old and dead way is Adam, Moses, performance orientation and generic Christianity. The old and dead way of the letter (old covenant) is a Christianized version of the knowledge of good and evil (see Rudolph Bultmann and Gregory Boyd). While the Believer is aware of right and wrong she does not live from morality, information or doctrine. She lives from Jesus.
'But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness' Rom 8.10 NIV.
If you are a teacher you can have more than a message, more than a word to fill a time-slot. As an old covenant minister you might satisfy yourself with giving a sound message or organizing a useful event. But it will be lacking in new creation life and will not represent the Kingdom of God. The ministry of sons is subtle yet profoundly different to that of workers. It cannot be explained by differences in personality or denomination. But it is explained through differences in covenants.
'His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise' Gal 4.23 NIV.
When we plant as sons of the slave woman we plant tares. Weeds are not usually poisonous. Tares are could-have-beens. They are what could have been a life-giving plant. But planting as sons of the free woman (the Bride of Christ) we plant Jesus and reap sons for God. There is a lot in the word 'inheritance' in the scripture below. It refers to our rights to the Spirit of Sonship and our ability to exercise the authority of Jesus. It means that under Hagar we can never occupy our inheritance as the sons and daughters of God. As such we are separated from The One Spirit and restrained in the soul and the flesh
'But what does Scripture say? "Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman's son' Gal 4.30 NIV.
We are not in Christ if we are in the law. We are near Him but not in the Kingdom or ministers of the new covenant. Religion is deceptive because it disguises itself as obedience to Christ. By living out of law, Christian conformity and all the 'stuff that is called Christ' we may persuade others and ourselves of the value of our contribution. But that is all. Jesus assures us that the flesh accomplishes nothing, and the Spirit multiplies life. We can't be in the law and the Spirit at the same time. It's one or the other. No serving two masters here. Should we be in religion we are not in life but we may well be in self deception.
'As the Scriptures say, "God has put them into a deep sleep. To this day he has shut their eyes so they do not see, and closed their ears so they do not hear' Rom 11.8 NIV.
If you are single-mindedly devoted to Christ, you will be against all forms of death. There are none more fuzzy-minded, religious and bound to soulish and political Christian conformities than Believers whose loyalty is to their ideology and to Jesus.
WHO IS YOUR HUSBAND?
Let's be clear. If we are attached to the law and embroiled in a some performance addiction our effectiveness will be smothered and our spiritual discernment minute. We will think we are doing well when we are really clouds without rain. Only in the new covenant are we competent to minister the Kingdom of God. We might deliver our own gospel but not the everlasting gospel. What counts is not a portion of ourselves or a fraction of our time or money assigned to God. The new creation that flows through us is Christ our life and the totality of our life is in the Christ of God.
'Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation' Gal 6.15 NIV.
'When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory' Col 3.4 NIV.