As a teacher/preacher it is possible to impart words and give a discourse in the letter. All of us can fill a space or an opportunity with a piece of religion. We can give a little homily, provide an insight with a ‘Jesus gloss’ for the occasion. On the other hand each is capable of saying exactly what Father means them to say in the moment and the opportunity. This comes firstly from our union with Father, secondly from the resulting spirit of Sonship and thirdly from the anointing.
There are homilies that are smaller on the inside than they are on the outside. Often talk can be words that fill a time-slot because we are old covenant ministers speaking bits of old covenant religion. Should we be a son in spirit and in truth who ministers in the spirit of Sonship, our words will be spirit and life as were the words of the Son of God. You will be like the TARDIS. Your words may be brief but your words will convey a halo of infinite life because infinity is in you. Your talk will be bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.
Infinity is never in us when we are tied to the law or minsters of mere religion. It’s tragic to witness sincere Believers unwittingly minister words bereft of spirit and life because they are in some way tied to the law and the old covenant un-life of Adam. Life flows from the spirit of Sonship that is a function of our union with our Father. Now we are competent as sons to minister the Kingdom of God with spirit and life.
How do we impart spirit and life? By being sons of our Father. How do we become actual sons rather than notional sons? By being rooted in the being of God. What is the being of God? This is the trinity. How is the spirit of Sonship neutralized? By being rooted in religion and the law. How is the river of life reduced to a few drops that arrive only by stint of God’s grace? By living and ministering from old covenant assumptions rather than in the new and living way of Christ our life. It may be seen that even though our motives may be good we may minister iniquity in the name of life. Anything in Adam is iniquity since it is part of the body of death. Everything that is Christ our life is sourced in our Father and is new creation life.
We cannot see or know the Kingdom of God in the law and old covenant because we have not been born into Sonship. While we are factually sons of God in an old covenant mindset we are not existentially - which is to say we are not living it, not in the state of being sons in spirit and in truth. Not energized and activated in spirit and life because we have not embraced what is ours. There is a potential that is ours that we are not living in. But it is our inheritance. We are not living in it because we have accepted the devils robbery, his counterfeit of Kingdom life by living from religion.
The new wineskin is not a package of salvation. It is your release from religion. It is your birth in Adam annulled and your birth in Jesus agreed with. What will happen if you attempt to rub Holy Spirit oil into the old wineskin. You will die of frustration or just die. There are few drops of life afforded by grace in old covenant religion. There is a river of life that flows from reborn servants of God who are sons in spirit and in truth.
Religion imagines that you are separate from God and separated from righteousness that is variously described as ‘the law’ or ‘Christian values’ or simply ‘righteousness.’ But the gospel of the Kingdom is that God and righteousness are one; that Jesus is the righteousness of God manifest and that you as daughters and sons of God in Christ are the righteousness of God manifest as His people.
Yet many live as if there is a righteousness that is separate from God hanging somewhere in space as an ideal or simple as the law. There is not. Righteousness is God and is the expression of His person and His life. When we live, move and have our being in Him we are righteous and we are the sons of God.
Our separated spiritual imagination and is often put into words as, ‘We must keep close to Jesus.’ But we are already in Jesus and He in us. We are one with God. Neither Jesus or righteousness are somewhere else. We have already been drawn into God, His life and his righteousness. In any case we have no more capacity to keep close to Jesus than we do to keep the law. Thankfully Jesus keeps close to us. He lives in us and is always with us. Jesus is our righteousness and more. He is our ‘keeping close to Jesus.’ He in His person is all that pertains to our relationship with God, need for God and our belonging to God. Theologically this is called the vicarious humanity of Christ. It is all encompassing, has been achieved independently of us and is the guarantee not only of our salvation but our continuous intimate union with God.
Religious people can become annoyed when they see spiritual people - the sons of God, getting for nothing what they are striving for, yet never attaining. Religion creates religion and its illusion of spirituality and false security. Law is the seed-bed of religion. The spirit of Christ is the spirit of liberty and wholeness. Religion will teach that life is found in some practice or some ‘thing’ - even in the anointing rather than in union with God and the Spirit of Sonship. The attempt to bolt the anointing like a super-charger onto old covenant belief cannot end well and never does.
‘Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!’ 2 Cor 3.7-11 NIV.
Religion leaches life from the people of God. It creates god-talk and a Christian Industry. Some Believers have been indoctrinated in separation and guilt by teaching with a focus on guilt-mongering and ‘Have I done enough’ religion. Others have absorbed the mythology and superstition of an austere God from fellow Believers, their own misgivings and lies sown into their hearts by the Enemy of Souls. Father is extravagantly and gloriously better than we think and Kingdom living is vastly more simple than many folk know. It is Christ our life. Religion is the husk without the kernel and the package without the chocolate. In the book entitled, Through the Eyes of Grace the author writes,
“Religion thrives mainly on three things, one is distance, therefore we must have someone to stand on the gap on our behalf always. Second, it thrives on portraying an angry and harsh God, therefore we cannot approach Him and someone has always to approach Him on our behalf. Third, it thrives on guilt, the more you make people feel guilty the more dependent they will be on you.
That’s how the religious system works. Distance, anger and guilt. You combine the three and you are left with believers who are bound and desperate. [Your task as a teacher is to] Help people believe what has been done. The zeal for God will exhaust you, the zeal of God will ignite you. Jesus said, “this is the work of God that you believe on Him whom He has sent, (John 6:29). The work of God is believing.”