NEW AND ALIVE
There is a way that is alive because this way is a person and a spirit. This way is not just any person but the Person who is God’s Son and the son of Mary the Hebrew girl. The mystery of Jesus is that He is both God’s Son and the son of man – in other words a human being. The mystery of Godliness is that He is in God, is God and is in you!
The Son of God always was. But in being born of Mary God was incarnated in humanity. He was God come in the flesh, fully human and fully God. Since Pentecost He has also come in the Spirit which means that He is with you and in you.
‘You know him, for he lives with you and will be in you’ John 14.17 NIV.
Adam and Eve by misadventure and immaturity began in God, them aborted their life in Father and began a separate way. In this forlorn way they put humans on the path of seeking to be like God yet in separation from God. This way, known as the way of good and evil was a futile way. It was a way that led further from God, even in the attempt to be like Him and do ‘god things.’ This ‘way’ is called by Paul the law of sin and death. This is both humanities life in Adam, the way of the law and a life in the knowledge of good and evil.
The living way is a spirit and a person and not a program or a discipline and certainly not a religion.
Jesus is not a way to make a success of Adam. Neither is He a clever way of making Moses work. He is the new and living way and as such the only way. He is your spirit and life. The command of God is to obey His Son. The testimony of Jesus is, ‘I am your life.’
This old and perverse way, the way that began in Adam with the sentence of torpor, inertia and death held sway until the coming of Jesus, Gods Son. Individually and for the human race the way of Adam was a body of death.
The law of Moses and temple services pointed to the coming of the new and living way. But they too were part of the culture of death and the sentence of the forbidden fruit. They remained in place until the coming of the way to life – the new and living way who is life Himself.
Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother. For it is written:
‘Be glad, barren woman,
you who never bore a child;
shout for joy and cry aloud,
you who were never in labor;
because more are the children of the desolate woman
than of her who has a husband’ Gal 4.25-27 NIV.
Ensure that your belong to the Jerusalem that is above.
Christ our life is the way of which the shadows pointed. The real way, the reality that is life and light is Christ. He is the only way whereby we can become real humans, the way by which we become sons of God rather than slaves and workers. Jesus is both the door to life and that life Himself. He is the way to be whole, the way to be holy because He Himself is your life. In His way we represent the Kingdom and are the Gospel of the Kingdom. In Moses we are dogs barking. Dogs barking about we know not what. In Jesus we are sons of God and His manifest presence in the world.