Jesus was not the Chief Apostles because He was filled with the Holy Spirit. Not at all. He was the Apostle in Chief because He and His Father were one. Jesus was and is the expression of His Father. With His cross and His Spirit in us, so are we - the manifestation of Jesus and as sons each the expression of our Father. Jesus had the Spirit without limit because He was a son in spirit and in truth. The Spirit without limit in Jesus was sourced in His union with God - His Sonship.
All that the Father had was the possession of Jesus. All that is His is ours. This includes union with our Father. This is the more complete meaning of atonement. Not just atoning for sin but undoing the separation between God and the sons of God. Today you and Father are one.
Gifts of the Spirit cannot be maintained outside the Spirit of Sonship. The latter, our embeddedness in Father is the source and reason for the gifts.
In order to impart spirit and life, we must live from what Father has done in Christ and Holy Spirit in uniting us with Himself. To live from a ‘try harder mentality’ a performance syndrome or the law of Moses it to ignore the treasure in the field. The treasure in the field is God incarnated in us, Christ in us and Christ our life - all expressions of the same thing. Your task is simply to possess Christ as your life and be yourself. In doing this you will produce much Kingdom fruit that lasts forever.
What is the difference between a dead work and a live work? One produces no life. At its best, it takes up space and maintains the status quo. At its worst it inhibits the new creation and maintains iniquity. The latter is life attributed to anything that is not Christ and is spiritually dead.
We impart life because in Jesus we and Father are one. We do what He is doing and replicate His infinite life. The soil of the anointing is our union with our Father. The Spirit-filled life is not a substitute for the new covenant and will fade if we do not participate in it. The new covenant is real whether or not we participate in it. But to release spirit and life it must be our own.
The Kingdom of Jesus is not a program of morality and good works. It is His life as ours. Unless we have embraced this we are not born again and are living in shadows instead of the reality that is Christ.
‘Jesus replied, "Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again’ John 3.3 NIV.
In the new covenant Christ is our life. We can live in this or we can bury it in the ground and stick to law, performance and ‘our perspective.’ If Christ is our life we will impart life to all we meet and all we touch. Now we are agents of the new creation because we are newly created. But unless we are born again we cannot see the Kingdom or create it.
‘He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant--not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life’ 2 Cor 3.6 NIV.
We need to be clear. Neither in Adam or in Moses are we are in Christ. We are not participating in His life-giving spirit of resurrection and new creation dynamism because we have never been reborn as sons of God. Sons in name only we are not sons in spirit and in truth and cannot minister the new creation. Thus our works are well meant but dead. We are not carnal Christians in that we are immoral or wicked - but neither are we life-giving sons.
In Him is life and that life is the life of all. As minister of the old covenant we can have good intentions but we do not have this life. As ministers of the new covenant we do - and are competent to minister the Kingdom of spirit and life.
‘In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind’ John 1.4 NIV.
‘Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life’ 1 John 5.12 NIV.