Christ Your life

His Kingdom multiplied through you

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Since Christ is your life you are in God and God is in you. You and yours are alive in God by the One Spirit which is the Spirit of Sonship. Your designation of righteousness and life is son of God.

Any system of ethics, morality and law that exists independently of the Son of God, belongs to the knowledge of good and evil, not to the Kingdom of God. It may place obligations on us as part of the system of civil society. But there is nothing in it to impart life, reform the soul or produce a transformed life.

There is no ‘law’ that is distinct from the person of God and never was. There is no law that Jesus seeks to inculcate into your being other than Himself. He is not a law. Donal reduce Him to an abstraction or define Him by something less than He is. He is I AM.

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There is no Torah today. None that applies to you anyway. There is Christ in you and Christ as you. Jesus is not depersonalised by any set of abstractions to which He is subordinate. Paul used the words ‘
the law of the spirit of life’ because he was a Jew and because he was searching for a word package to describe who and what Jesus was: The Person who is God. He also quoted the words of the wise men to illustrate the truth that all identity, meaning, purpose and union with the order of God is found in the person of God Himself. Descartes said, ‘I think therefore I am.’ He was almost right. I am who I am, you are who you are when you are in God. Not because you thought something. This is but a shadow of your real self. You move from shadow to reality when Christ is your life.

The Person who imparts Himself to us to make us the new men and women who are the ‘one new man’ in our Father (the one new social creation) is Jesus Christ. The person in which the entire universe inheres, is sustained and finds its meaning and purpose is the Son of God. In Christ we are not only alive in His person. We belong to the correct order of the cosmos and assist God in bringing all things under Jesus’ feet.

All that is, by which I mean the reality that we call existence, finds its being in Him. There is no universal in the entire body of laws from Hammurabi to the laws of Moses with the power to transform one human, let alone regenerate society. But there is a seed that falls on the human heart, that germinates takes over the being. It brings new life to spirit, soul and body, sets one free from sin and guilt and turns any person into a new creation son/daughter of God. In Him (Jesus) we live, move and have our true being as members of the family of God. Now we are at home in the trinity but living out this life of God in the ordinariness and adventure of our lives.

Fruits of the Spirit have no independent existence. They have nothing to do with the law. They are the expression of Christ in you. The fruits of the Spirit are nothing more and nothing less than the person of Jesus in you by the Spirit. He is not in you building a structure from Moses’ precepts. He does not impart to you something less than Himself. He is imparting Himself, the Spirit and our Father to you. Out of Him flows His nature into you. Into you is imparted the meaning and practice of life, your unity with the earth, your communion with the life of other people. In Him you are in your real place and in harmony with the web of life as a life-giver and sustainer of creation. He is spirit and life and so are you when He is your life.

‘So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit’ 1 Cor 15.45. NIV.

As the new Adam Jesus is the new Father of the human race. Delivered from the knowledge of good and evil and the death that clings to its branches you are joined to the vine, made one with the tree of life and liberated to splash in the river of life. This is the meaning of Paul’s ‘Christ your life.’

There is nothing in the laws of Moses with the power to transform you or society - no single commandment, no group of commands and no derivation and adaptation of these commandments to new testament times.

Maybe we could isolate ‘thou shalt not covet’ and make a thing of not coveting. But people would not stop coveting or living materialistic lives. They’d just get more guilt and more covetous.

Perhaps we could concentrate on ‘Don’t commit adultery.’ We could promote this as the end of divorce, the key to happy marriage, family and society. We could make a denomination about this and call it ‘our message’ and have this thing about the family from which we adduced an identity - or imagined we did.

But none of this would be life the spirit or the communion shared by the trinity in us -
even if we managed an appearance of compliance. A focus on not doing fornication or adultery only instills its popularity!

Then again we could make a religion our of health. We could advocate the eating of marrow, pumpkin and broccoli with liberal qualities of cabbage and Brussel sprouts. We could advertise ourselves as the Church of the Good Diet. But this would prevent us binging on cream puffs. Neither could it ignite our spirit, control our appetite or deliver peace to our soul.

Then again we could isolate The Sabbath, seize on it, write a volume on its ability to bring divine rest to human souls and claim all kinds of advantages as result of ‘keeping’ it. But we would be whirling in the dark. Why obsess over a day when Jesus has give us a life in Himself? In any case the Sabbath cannot be kept, even by the most avid and painfully pious than by adopting artificial distinctions like paddling in the surf rather than swimming. Or having a Sabbath walk but not jogging because the latter would be work and therefore secular. But there is no sacred and secular in the Kingdom of God. The two have been made one. There is one God and one Kingdom of God that is the new creation advancing through those whose life is Christ and not some lesser entity that is a shadow of the real.

If the Sabbath is a blessing to Christians then the dead albatross was a blessing to the ancient mariner. None are capable of the task of being a non-person for a day, which is why so many are ingenious in escaping its demands and pretending and exaggerating its blessings. Sure, in the liberal mode of thought and in the spirit of pluralism you are entitled to your perspective. But we assumed that you are tied to the law, bound to the old covenant, subject to the law of sin and death and as Paul says, under a curse because you have sentenced yourself to be forever dragging around that body of death.

‘Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ’ Col 2.16,17 NIV.

Anything that is not Jesus is a dead weight. This is why Jesus gives us life from His person and not from things, observances and behaviours. God is life in Himself. He lives in us and is our life. It is because Jesus is your life that you can act normal, dispense with a religious mask, be done with humbug and false piety and be yourself - as a son of God who is also a ministering priest and king.