‘Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them’ John 14.23 NIV.
The most distressing feature of teaching rooted in a law culture is that it is not alive. Some of the most deadly teaching dissertations are uttered, not because the person is not clever, educated, informed and loves Jesus but because they are the opposite to spirit and life. There is a parade of information that is actually a subtle form of law - which should not surprise us if ‘law’ is what is being lived in. It is not uncommon for people who love Jesus to teach a law-based message that assumes our separation from God. Religion offers itself as the means of undoing our separation from God. Holy Spirit will always offer Jesus as the One who has already undone it.
We need to understand that law is the knowledge of good and evil and the knowledge of good and evil is law and that in these we live apart from God.
Jesus offers life to the full or as some translations have it ‘life without limit.’ Life to the full is union with God in spirit and life. As an astute person said, ‘In the new testament age the command of God is to obey His Son. The testimony of Jesus is that Christ is our life.’ In ministry this is the difference between a river of sand and a stream of living water.
In the Kingdom of God life, righteousness, imagination, creativity, love and wisdom are never things in themselves. They don’t hang in the ether as disembodied entities. They are qualities of the Christ who is in you.
In God good is the expression of persons - firstly of the Holy Family and secondly of you when you are one with God and in the new covent and not the old. This is what is meant by life in the Spirit. It is life in the Spirit of Christ. Don’t let any one tell you that the new covenant is the Ten Commandments written on people’s hearts. No way. Father would not shrink His sons in this way. The new covenant is the Father expressed as you, Holy Spirit igniting you and Jesus’ mind as your mind. Your new birth is you formed in Christ and maturing into Him.
‘My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you’ Gal 4.19 NIV.
You live in oneness with God in your new covenant life. Now when you speak you are attached to the logos (the living word) and an extension of the meaning, purpose, wisdom and revelation of God. You are an agent and messenger of spirit and life. You are spirit and life itself.
Francois Du Toit quotes from his book, ‘God Believes in You’ on Facebook writing.
‘Oneness is not an elusive mystic goal to strive towards for the rest of our lives! So many sincere people have over the centuries wasted many a day and even a lifetime striving to live "towards", when we have all along already been liberated in the finished work of Christ, to live "from" completeness!’
‘To live from completeness.’ In Christ we are positioned in God. In the Spirit Jesus lives in you. Live from where you have been positioned by living in Christ and nothing else. Don’t add anything to Christ. Anything you add makes Him a shadow and becomes the reality. This is a reality that numbs you to Him, to your real self and to the accurate perception of His presence or absence. The reality is always Christ. Live in Him!
People live outside of oneness for one simple reason. They are not living from the new covenant. Christ is not their life. They look to him or the church to acquire the union with God that is already theirs. Many live in an old testament mentality and actually live in a subtle quasi- law -state in which they attempt a hotchpotch of good works to admit them to a life of spirit and righteousness that is separate from themselves. But it is not. It is already in them and with them.
Whether this attempt is ‘achieving intimacy with God’ or ‘keeping close to Jesus’ it is indicative of the view that you are here and God and his goodness is some place else. But it’s not. He is with you and in you because Christ has come in your flesh. God is eating for His people to know that they are the manifestation of the Father.
There are lovely people who do not live in union with God. They love Jesus but are not living and experiencing this union because they have exchanged the union that is theirs with other things like the law or a sit of hoops they must jump through to obtain what is already theirs. As sincere and lovely as they are they are deceived into this futility by the spirit who seeks to undo every fullness in Christ and replace it with partiality or a religious substitute. But all veils are removed in the Christ of God and the Son of our Father.
‘This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God’ 1 John 4.2 NIV.