The Gospel of the Kingdom is a holistic gospel in which God is multiplied in His daughters and sons – literally. Life in the Spirit is no vapor. It is Christ come in the flesh of all who will receive Him. It is amazing, that in the light of the following scripture that so many Believers still choose to live in the law, a belief system, a matrix of beliefs and works and their Christianized version of the knowledge of good and evil – when they could have lived from the person of Jesus. Don’t say the stuff above is Jesus. It is not. It is religion.
It is remarkable and unfortunate that the Enemy has been so successful in hollowing out what was meant to be Christ our life and replacing it with ‘Christian stuff.’ The Kingdom and its gospel is not a religion and certainly not an ideology. It is the person of Jesus suffused into all things as the new creation. Paul, in explaining the plan put into effect by God in Christ called this ‘Christ in you’ and ‘Christ our life.’ John wrote,
‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it’ John 1.1-4.
As believers we need to choose between living in the light and living in the darkness – or at least living in a fog. John is describing the law of the Spirit of Life. It is astonishing in the light of the above scripture that people still cling to Moses and the law or some Christian regime of works in the light of Jesus’ declaration of Himself as The Way and this declaration of the new and living way by John. How could laws on stone match this? This passage on the logos is stating that everything that is, owes its existence, purpose and proper functioning, to the Son. This passage reveals that the meaning and cohesion of the universe is a person – not an abstraction. It declares that this person, Jesus is in Himself the law of the spirit of life; that He is what Paul reported in Acts as: In Him we ‘live, move and have our being.’ That not only do we find our holistic being in God but the universe does as well.
Not only this. It is asserted in another place that ‘He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.’ In other words, Jesus Himself is the law of the Spirit of life in person and more. The law of the Spirit of Life lives in you, imparts Himself to you and aligns you with the order and purpose of the universe. This is why in yet another places Jesus is described as living to draw all things into Himself. In Jesus we and Father are one. In this mind-set we only do what Father is doing because we share His heart and mind. We are not absorbed in activities of the flesh and we see clearly what is Kingdom and what is merely religion. in ministry there is nothing as disconcerting as people who are blind leaders of those who can see. This makes for illusory assumptions in the former and leads to frustration in the latter. Nevertheless His power can be manifest in weakness. But it would be more manifest in strength.
In Jesus we are also one with the universe and not against nature or exploiting it because we are drawing even the physical into the law of the spirit of life who is 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 NLT.
What was separate from you and apart from you under the law in the old testament is separated from you no longer. In every way Jesus has made the two one. He has undone the dichotomy of the knowledge of good and evil and united us and the world with the trinity from which it came. The One who is the law of the Spirit of life is in you and is your life. With Jesus as our life we live in Spirit and in truth. With the law as our life we live in the letter and confusion. There is no spiritual discernment so dim as possessed by the inmate of the law.
‘For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility’ Eph 2.14 NIV.
To be connected to the law in this age is to have missed the whole point of Christ and of the Bible. The Plan is to live from His life. With Christ as our life we participate in the new creation announced by John. Now we are one with God, one with ourselves, one with each other and one with the creation. ‘May they be one as we are one.’ The reality of all things together in Christ is declare before Jesus went to the cross in John 17.The necessity of living the Kingdom out of the incarnated Christ and not some externality is declared by Paul in Galatians.
‘Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation’ Gal 6.15 NIV. If we insist in on amalgam of law and Jesus this new creation will have come for others. But not for us.
Holy Spirit and the anointing are the trunk of the tree that is rooted in the trinity. We are one with the Holy Family when we receive Jesus as our life. But we are insulated from this personal infinite life when we are rooted in the law and stubbornly live out an old covenant existence. Holy Spirit may come upon us as an act of grace but cannot take hold. What begins in the Spirit withers into the flesh.
The Spirit through John is quite blunt and unapologetic. ‘Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life’ 1 John 5.12 NIV. If we have the law we do not have the Son. If we insist on living in law then for us Christ died for nothing and we claim to be promoting life when we are actually harbingers of death.
The mystery and miracle of this truth is that when we look into the law as a mirror we see a sinner. When we look into the mirror of Christ we see ourselves. We become what we behold. There are Christians who have limped along all their lives struggling with their own thoughts, battling with their relationships, hobbling from mini-crisis to major-crisis because that are unhealed and un-whole. Healing and wholeness eludes them because as captives they have never been set free. They are hobbled by the law when their have an inheritance of healing and freedom that is their possession because Christ as Himself is their life.
A charismatic life based on the old covenant will never be the gospel of the Kingdom. Holy Spirit bolted onto the law cannot bring the results Believers hope for. Since there is no root what started in grace fades. This union of oil (law) and water (spirit) causes conflict between the flesh and the spirit with the result that a civil war is loosed in the soul. Peace and wholeness departs and the Believer spirals into a Christian neurosis that fractures himself and ruins their relationship with others. Such a Believer promotes misery instead of peace. Where there is no root there is bad fruit.
‘Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn bushes, or grapes from briers’ Luke 6.44 NIV.
The Ten Commandments never were a description of God’s character. God does not covet or commit adultery. They were an a school master in the time of the knowledge of good and evil designed to pass away when the fullness of life came in the person of Jesus. The expression of God’s character is Jesus Himself. Jesus is the reality of what always was: The righteous life and love of God that is life itself. You can have this simply by agreeing that this is so and receiving this daily. The kingdom comes not to those who work hard. This inheritance is the possession of those who rest hard in Christ their life.
‘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.