Last night on the radio I listened to two well known atheists discussing God and religion. They were dismissive of both and confident in their knowledge of good and evil. Unfortunately some of their remarks illustrated the vanity of religion. Speaking from an attitude of so called enlightenment and scarcely disguised bigotry they dismissed God, upheld themselves and their rationalizations and blundered on in the beliefs and the way that is responsible for the creeping death of the planet and spreading social and economic chaos.
But not all of the slander against God and Christianity can be attributed to the foolishness of the human heart or the refusal to have this man Jesus Christ rule over us. Could it be that we as Believers have been more successful in living Christianity than living the gospel of the Kingdom. The former is religion. But the latter is Christ in us. This is the new and living way of God incarnated in His people.
You have a better deal than a generalised God. This deal is the new covenant that is the annulment of the old and the extinction of our life in Adam and the knowledge tree. You have a personal God who is Jesus - the express image of our Father. To see Jesus is not only see Father. It is to see yourself. Jesus is the mirror of you and every person.
If our Christianity is not Jesus it is not the Kingdom. If it is only culture, values and habits it is dead and not alive. If it is Jesus it is life to the full. If it is Jesus in us in the power that flows from the baptism of the Holy Spirit, it is not inert. It is not institutions perpetuated in the name of church planting. It is Christ alive and multiplied in His people on planet earth. There is a difference in the kind of gospel preached by people like Reinhardt Bonnke, Bill Johnson and the gospel of talk without power.
Just so you know, the chief issue of the cosmos is not obedience to the law as some assert. It is the Fatherhood of God and the truth of your sonship in Christ. The issue is that your belong, that God has made you one with Himself quite outside your efforts and status. The issue is the nature of Father and the nature of you. The issue is that Father is absolutely loving, reliable and has you and your need to be one with Him covered - in His Son. Because Christ is your life, you are in God, in His heart and in His presence because a human being is a member of the trinity. And because Christ is in you. You are in Christ and Christ is in God.
‘What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?’ Rom 8.31 NIV.
Christ in you is real, limitless life. This is the new and living way. It is new because it is not religion and rites. It is new because it is the resurrected Christ in you. It is new because old Adam and the engine of sin and death has been undone. It is new because Christ’s life is your life and His resurrection is your resurrection and the new creation alive in the world. If our Christianity is not Jesus it is nothing. Just a drag on human progress and an impediment to the advance of the Kingdom of heaven in the world. In Jesus is life and that life is the light of men and women.