“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.
Living in God we have the capacity to rise above the limitations of the knowledge of good and evil, transcend the letter and participate in the spirit of wisdom and revelation. We are alive in God when we have accepted His invitation to be part of His being.
“I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14,20
To live in God is to welcome the indwelling of Christ and to make Christ Himself our life. This is not 'keeping close to Jesus' or relying on Jesus to help us be ethical, moral and pure. It’s not even the attempt to be Christ-like. It’s allowing God to indwell us and express Himself as Noel, Betty and Sam. This is sonship as opposed to ‘letter-ship.’ It takes a John 14.20 union to live holistically as Kingdom daughters and sons.
Christ our life is Christ by the Spirit in our being, igniting spirit, soul and body with the very spirit of His person and the trinity. Because Christ is the righteousness of God and He lives in us, we re the righteousness of God in Christ. All this by the blood of the new covenant.
Yet we are more than paragons of righteousness. To stop here leaves us as a kind of moral artifact. The surpassing fact and source of our glory is that now we are the sons and daughters of God.
NEW AND LIVING WAY
‘After supper he took another cup of wine and said, "This cup is the new covenant between God and his people--an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you’ Luke 22.20 NLT. What is the agreement inherent in the person of Jesus? It is that God will enter our life and we will enter His. This is the meaning of the Lord’s Table and Paul’s ‘In Him we have our being.’
But here is the paradox and the glory. When Christ is our life we are equipped to discern the presence of good and evil. It’s not only that we have the discernment to separate religion from Kingdom. We discern life where it is and become addicted to life Himself.
One with God and in fellowship with Father and the Spirit we become liberated from all forms of death. We will not tolerate and will not evangelize for any form of death in the name of religion. Because we drink living water we are set free from the ministry of dead water and become in our own persons rivers of spirit and life.
While all scripture is given by inspiration of God the witness of the new testament is superior to the old. The new testament is of a contrasting nature and quality to the old. If we have understood the witness of the new testament we will not make the mistake of defining Jesus through the law. We will put the law in its rightful context through Jesus. The witness of the Spirit and the new testament is that God is drawing everyone and everything into Himself through Jesus Christ.
‘And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ--everything in heaven and on earth’ Eph 1.10 NIV.
YOUR BEING ONE WITH GOD
God and man are not separate. Holiness is not an abstraction separate from human beings. God is not only with people. He is in them and fused with their being. People and the Father are not separated. They and the Father are one. Their being is indwelt by the heavenly family who have made them their home. God has incarnated Himself in people. In the new covenant people have exchanged a life of separation from God for a life in God and more. God now lives in them.
'Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them' John 14.23 NIV.
Today your Father is God and your brother is Christ. But your human father is Jesus, the last Adam who is the life-giving spirit and spirit of life. The undimmed life of heaven is contained in Jesus and this Jesus lives in you. Because you live in Him your words are spirit and they are life and you do the works of He that sent you.
'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.