‘To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory’ Col 1.27 NIV.
If we are going to represent Christ and save the world from its current parlous, chaotic, fundamentally unjust and self-extinguishing mode - we need to live in Christ and not in Christianity, performance mode or the law and the old covenant. Basically we need to rightly divide the word of truth and LIVE IN HIM. When Christ is actually our life He is the new creation manifest in His people.
There is a new and living way that is not Islam, not ISIS, not Trump or the triumph of the Christian Money-Changers. It is Christ our life.
Paul wrote, ‘Christ in you the hope of glory’ because this is a present and a developing reality. The old has gone - law, religion, rite and temple has had its day. The new has come. This is Christ in you, the fullness of God alive in you and in those who believe by the Spirit. The new creation is all that is implied by the risen Jesus alive in us. It is the end of Adam and the culture of death and civilisation rising in Jesus multiplied - the civilisation that is Jesus the King multiplied in the people of the world.
‘The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirit and life’ John 6.63 NIV.
Anything in Adam denies Christ and prolongs the old creation of sin and death. It is amazing that this simple, new and living way of Christ has so often been dumbed down to religion and churchianity. Tragic that Jesus
multiplied as humanity has been so frugally taken up as THE WAY. Appalling that the narcissistic money changers have seduced the masses and alarming that the ring of flesh and carnality with its seducing power, has not been cast into the fires of Mt Doom. Let is lament and then repent that the kingdom of Sauron has emerged subsequent to the cross to produce a civilisation of orcs, mitigated in so small a way by The Fellowship of the Ring. Could it be that too many have preferred the carnal powers of the one ring to the Spirit-life of the One King.
There is a new and living way that is Christ our life. The refusal to live entirely in Jesus produces Mordor in the church and in the world that denies the new creation and perpetuates the tyranny of evil. Who shall deliver us from this Mordor of Death?
‘O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord’ Rom 7.24 NIV.