‘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 have a might inheritance. In this age we have the blessing of being sons of God in spirit and in truth, being who we are in spirit and in truth and being aligned with Father’s plan for the wholeness of the world. We have the trinity in us. We are equipped to minister the Kingdom of God because we have more than enough. We have infinity.
God is I am. God is not law deified. Jesus is not a compilation of the Ten Commandments and not Moses transcended. But He is the logos and He in whom all things hold together and have their meaning. He is a person and ultra-personal. God’s plan was that we live from ourselves and be ourselves, as does each member of the trinity. His plan for community was that we enjoy the amity and joy of being together and being ourselves in the manner of the trinity. Is plan for the order and well-being of the cosmos is that it come into alignment with the trinity and their joy of being and living to the full.
Order is the expression of one’s being – not the master.
In the Kingdom there is no abstraction to which Humans must answer. We are the expression of our Father as sons.
Persons are the highest state of being. God is the person in chief and we are related to Him as sons. The most authentic expression of the self is to live from one’s personhood and from nothing less. In the law we become withered while in Christ we become bigger than we are. There is no healing in the law, no wholeness and no joy – because there is no life. But we are alive as we live in God and debilitated when we live in the knowledge of good and evil and the law. Law comes from the knowledge of good and evil which gives rise to sin and then to death. Thus law - sin – death called the law of sin and death.
Spirit comes from persons and from life itself.
To live from the law or with some attachment to it is to live from something less than God and less than our real self. Paul called such a culture this body of death.
We do not live in chaos. Nor do we live in selfishness and ignorance. In the new covenant we live not according to law but by the Spirit. The Spirit it not a means of living the law but the living way of Christ replicating Himself in us.
We are the expression of the law of the spirit of life. This is a person, namely God, known also as the logos – the one in whom we not only live, move and have our being but in which the entire creation has its purpose and being. This is the only kind of law there ever was and ever will be – the life and order that is ours in God and that flows from the personhood of God to infuse us and all that is with Himself.
‘For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together’ Col 1.16,17 NIV.
At the fall of Adam this ‘holding together’ unravelled because we became separated from Him – from His realm of spirit and life. Our living became characterised by separation from God and the self-constructed dichotomies that we made up ourselves. We invented these constructs in the attempt to be as gods and delineate good and evil for ourselves. But our good and evil was no more than rules taught by men.
‘The Lord says: "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught’ Isa 29.13 NIV. Today any rule added to the ‘all and in all’ that is Christ is a rule taught by men.
There is no ‘law’ separate from God, no abstraction that exists apart from God to which He is subordinate - and never was. ‘I AM’ is defined by Himself and consistent with Himself. In His person the entire creation holds together and each of us have our meaning and being. The supposition that there is a body of law independent of God as Free Masonry and other gospels suggest has strange implications.
If there is a law that is separate from God and to which He is accountable, then the Law is God and Father is not. He is a lackey of the law. The latter assumption is consistent with the notion supported in the contention that Jesus lived from the law and to support the law. No way. Didn’t happen. Jesus lived from His Father and was one with His Father. Today His life is our life restored by the divine conspiracy of the trinity. We and Father are one. A life lived from the radical position of Christ our life is to be oneself and to be sons and daughters of God. The glory of God is to be who He is. The glory of you is to be who you are and live as you were made to be. The words ‘Christ our life’ may just as easily be seen as Christ our glory.’
‘When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’ Col 3.4 NIV.
It’s easy to hear the words, ‘Christ your life,’ and go ‘Yeah, yeah..’ and go on living a religious life and a ‘Christian life.’ But a Christian life is not the life of God or the Kingdom. Kingdom life is His life as ours! The command of God is to believe His Son. The testimony of Jesus is this: ‘I AM YOUR LIFE.’
NEW CREATION GIFT
The world was created by God entirely without our help. So was the new creation described by John in John Chapter one. We had nothing to do with the first creation and nothing to do with the new realm – the new and living way of new creation life - in which Christ is our life. But the new creation does depend on our agreeing with what He has done and our living in the reality and the provision of Christ’s life. Those who eat Him will not only live because of Him but advance His Kingdom. TO BE ALIVE WE NEED TO BE ALIGNED WITH WHO GOD IS, WHAT HE HAS DONE AND WHO WE ARE AS A RESULT.
CHRIST IN YOU
‘Jesus said to them, "Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you’ John 6.53 NIV. This is not an invitation to zealous works. It means agreeing that Christ is in us and with us by the Spirit and that His life is our life.
In the new testament age we are not only under grace. We are in grace and grace is in us. The incarnation is grace manifest in you because it is Christ’s life as your life.
This is to say we are ‘lived in by the trinity’ who impart their character and spirit-life to our person. This is much more than a moral program. It is Father’s fatherhood and our sonship – the impartation of our identity in spirit and in truth. Our role in Christ is to be His manifest presence and to bring all things under His feet.
‘Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman’ Gal 4.31 NIV.