‘For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death’ Rom 8.2 ESV.
The law of the Spirit of life is not the law of Moses, religion or a belief system. It is not an it but a person. Jesus Himself is the law of the Spirit of life. He is as superior to laws on stone or rules on paper as a living person is superior to a mummy.
Jesus is not the means of keeping the law or any other value system. These are less than a person and certainly less than Jesus. Jesus is the means of imparting Himself. It is He who is spirit and life. He is all that is alive and righteous in Himself. Value systems, laws, and codes are shadows that point to Christ. The reality of living, being human and a son/daughter of God is Christ your life. Never live in anything that is less than Jesus.
‘Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ’ Col 2.16.17 NIV.
The reality is Christ. We are really sons, sons in spirit and in truth when Christ is our life. What counts is a new creation. This new creation is the resurrected Jesus in you, expressing Himself by His Spirit as you. Christ our righteousness means (speaking to you) “I in my person am your righteousness and your life. I am your righteousness in regard to grace and I am all that I desire you to be.”
The Christ life is more radical than many think. Why? To see Jesus is to see yourself. This is the mirror unpolluted by the father of lies.
BODY OF DEATH
To be joined to anything not Jesus is to be anchored to death. This is a corpse of deadness even if it is a system of noble values, the Ten Commandments or an internalised list of what it means to be a Christian. Our freedom and joy is to live in the spirit from the person of Jesus. Jesus is not a Christian. He does not live in religion. He is I AM. He is Himself. He is not subject to the law. He is the righteousness of God. In Him we are unhindered by extraneous baggage. We wear only his being inside and out.
‘For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God’ Col 3.3 NIV.
Jesus was an apostle because He was one with His Father, the living expression of His Father and the revealer of His Father. He was, so to speak, grounded and rooted in His Father. He was the branch and His Father was the root. This was the source of His mission and His possession of the Spirit without limit. This is the essence of apostleship - the Spirit of Sonship. It follows that there is nothing apostolic about any enterprise that is grounded in the law, old covenant and religion. Here we and Father are not one. Here we represent old Adam’s muddled creation. We are not resurrected and unrepresentative of what Father is doing. As Paul said, ‘If we are still immersed in the law, then Christ died for nothing.’ It’s a sad thing to be a promoter of nothingness in the name of Christ.
In Christ, we are so, to speak, naked of human contrivance because we are clothed in the spirit of Christ. Set free like un-hobbled steeds we are released from weights and externalities to be galloping sons of God - not in pious conformity but in spirit and truth. Spirit and truth means verisimilitude with God and union with God. As such we are His manifest presence as daughters and sons.
I have always been impatient of impediments to life. I am revolted by the confidence with which religion touts itself as life and the stubbornness with which the Christian industry claims to be the vicar of Christ.
If our theology is not new covenant then we must repent. Then align it with God’s theology of Himself! If we are not new covenant we are in still in grace - but we are not participants of Kingdom life. We belong to a fellowship of the robbed. We are free to choose how Christ our life will be expressed. But none have the authority to emasculate the new covenant in favour of a theology and identity that contradicts the doctrine of the apostles. If we do we pass a death sentence on ourselves and become dead men walking.
‘O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?’ Rm 7.24 KJB
A theology that is not the gospel of the Kingdom, not new covenant, and therefore not spirit and life is the body of death Paul describes. New covenant is not 'a theology.' It is what God achieved in Christ by setting us free from the living death of Adam, the frustration of Moses and then absorbing us into His person, into His trinitarian life. Christ is our life. We are here to reveal His life, His glory, His total provision for humanity in Himself by inviting Him to manifest through us. This is the church Jesus builds.
What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! Rom 7.24,25 NIV.
Christs’s church is the manifestation of Himself as His people. It’s not the Christian Industry, not those who presume to be the vicars of Christ or stairways to heaven, not an acquired monopoly on the mediation of christianity and certainly none who have tied themselves to the torah. It is Christ who is in all, Christ as us. Christ as new creation life flowing from His people in streams of spirit and life. This is a body of Christ quite the opposite of the body of death.
‘When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’ Col 3.4 NIV.