I bumped into some interesting people on my last trip to India. One was a girl from Denmark. We met her while waiting for our delayed flight from Delhi to Mussoorie. Four of us older gents fell into conversation, garnered her under our wing and brought her a coffee and a biscuit. This young woman was a lover of life and anxious to spread it in her own way. My colleague, an Indian pastor, shared his testimony and told her that he had seen Jesus. We met other life-lovers and life-givers who were not Christians – just good people who shared with others what was best in their humanity.
Nevertheless it is my passion and the mission of all in our house, not to leave people with notional life – but to draw them into the reality of LIFE WITHOUT LIMIT. It grieves me that so many Christians live in Christianity but do not live in Christ. (And that many think it is the same thing) When Believers live in droplets of glory rather than in fullness they are unable to express the fullness of Christ as the body. Living in a fraction of the whole it leaves us as dead men talking releasing very little SPIRIT AND LIFE. Here, rather than ‘doing good’ as we might imagine because we have some ministry, we are a liability to the new creation. We substitute living cells for something like cystic fibrosis. And rather than being fountains of spirit and life we have a trickle. It is in the Spirit and by the Spirit of Sonship that God reveals the glory that is ours in Him. What is our glory? The giving of life as authentic sons of God.
‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared for those who love him. But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us GOD’S DEEP SECRETS’ 1 Cor 2.9.10 NIV.
The deep, open secret of God, is that you are a son/daughter not notionally and not theoretically but in the moment and the season IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH. This is Father’s glory and our glory because living in this reality we are present ourselves to the world in spirit and life. Living in old covenant assumptions we cannot live in spirit and in truth. Why? Here we are separated sons.
The simplicity of the gospel of the Kingdom is the person of Jesus and the reality of Father's Fatherhood reproduced in us. We live Christ’s life because Christ is our life – not because we are following a set of rules or abstractions. We are living out WHO WE ARE AS SONS because we live in real union with Father. We are sons not as clones of each other or even as clones of Jesus. We are sons because the spirit of our Father has come in our flesh – which is to say in our everyday physical lives.
Let’s be clear. This is Christ manifest as you, the trinity pervading your persona and manifesting the spirit of sonship. This is the meaning of the Lord’s Table. We live by eating Christ. Christ received into our spirit, soul and body becomes us. The glory of God is to be who He is. The glory of you is to be yourself! Only in Christ can we be ourselves. Never in the law.
‘And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit’ 2 Cor 3.18 NIV.
We have direct access to God. We have union with Him. We are one with heaven and each other by the One Spirit. Don’t diminish this oneness with ploys of your own, with law-mongering, by attachmentts to our perspective, religious prescriptions or ‘other gospels.’ Let’s fixate on Christ our life. Here our glory cannot be sapped by religion, smothered by the law or dulled by dead-works-activity. One cannot be a MAN OR WOMAN OF GOD and live attached to the law. It depersonalises us and shrinks our humanity. Glory is what those captured in law of any kind do not have. Glory, uniqueness, spirit, life and vision is not ours when we through passivity or humbug choose to live from the law and old covenant instead of Christ our life.
Any belief that is not Christ diminishes Father and shrouds our spirit. Our life is crippled and our identity dulled. We remain a shadow of our own glory, all the while living in the illusion that we are glorifying God. But when Christ is our life, His glory is YOU REVEALED in spirit and in truth. As David Kowalick declares, ‘Glory is all about unveiled reality.’