Heaven flows into us when we and our Father are one. We have been made one with God. This union and outflow of spirit and life is ours when we believe it and embrace it. All life flows from the trinity. We began there and have been repositioned in this womb of life. This life is ours when Christ is our life. Such life flows not from the gifts of the Spirit. This spirit-life and gifting flows from our embrace of this womb, this place in Father, this Spirit of Sonship.
Today we possess a life that is not ours, as though this life belongs to us, because it does. This is Christ our life. Christ in place of us and Christ in us to become who we are and what we do. Incarnation is grace active in our lives as the righteousness of God. This is not only righteousness but life itself - spirit and life.
‘God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God’ 2 Cor 5.21 NIV.
All the Believers I know have a desire to be righteous. I do. So do those I love. Nevertheless, sometimes we are impelled to prop-up our own righteousness and make excuses, so invested are we in attempting to be seen to do the right thing in our own eyes and the eyes of others. Grace allows us to be wrong. Even more so grace enables us to admit we were wrong and have fallen short. Grace provides the opportunity for Christ to enter that event and display His love through forgiveness. We are given permission to be ourselves and not be so desperate about saving face.
As much as the spirit of religion in us may question this - religion is often about a sense of entitlement - grace is not only a means to righteousness. Grace allows us to be ourselves - warts and all. Grace gives freedom to be who we are. Grace means that the embedded things we have not overcome, our ignorance of God and failure to live in the inheritance that is ours - does not separate us from God. Grace means that Father never holds what we do and who we are against us. He simply draws us into Himself and every day is a new day with opportunities to grow into the fullness of Jesus. Grace is Father, Son and Holy Spirit for us!
Grace is the door to infinite possibility. For peace of mind and joy, we need to live in Christ and not in Adam. Adam is separated from God. Jesus is God and part of the trinity as well as the Son of Man. In Christ we are always in God and we always belong. A few years ago a prophetic woman had a message for me from God. She said, ‘He wants you to know that nothing you can ever do can separate you from God.’ This is both the message of Jesus and the testimony of scripture. In this wise Bonface Odhiambo writes,
“Today righteousness has been classiﬁed into two phases, they call it positional righteousness and practical righteousness. They say we are righteous positional but we have to work out practical righteousness. Paul addresses this issue, "for they being ignorant of God's righteousness (positional as they call it), and seeking to establish their own righteousness (practical as they say), have not submitted to the righteousness of God” (Romans 10:3).
Today we are invited to live from life and freedom - never from obligation. Yet I have met Believers who cannot embrace their life in the Spirit because they are intent on earning their own righteousness. They resist grace. Some feel they must pay back Jesus for what He has done in order to be worthy of belonging. Not so.
Pr Odhiambo writes, “Trying to establish our own righteousness, we fail to receive the gift of Righteousness. It’s either you are righteous by faith or not at all. There is nothing like practical righteousness. Righteousness has never been and will never be a reward for good behaviour. I know there are many who are having questions over this statement. Have you seen people who are very well behaved but know nothing about Christ? That kind of behaviour does not make anyone righteous in God’s eyes. God knows only one righteousness which is of Christ and all who have identiﬁed themselves with Him enjoy this righteousness.”
‘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.
We are graced with God’s life and graced with His grace. Having a righteousness of our own, itself an oxymoron, dims our possession of grace and of Christ. Failing to embrace life in the Spirit confines us to dead works. Living from the law/performance smothers Him in us, restricting us to drops of living water rather than rivers of life. But when Christ is our life, His spirit has come into us in the flesh. He inhabits our souls and bodies and we are springs of spirit and life - and of grace. But not if we are performance warts and not from the position of the irritated Martha. In that situation Mary was the life-giver and Martha was not. All are invited to the Mary position before Jesus no matter what their name. No matter what your name, it is Christ our life that produces the flow of spirit and life.