THOUGHTS ON DEATH
Some old men were asked if they feared the approach of death. ‘No’ said one, ‘I’m tired of wading through all this shit.’
One of the most frustrating things about life can be the sheer frustration of life. I mean the morass of frustration that presents itself continually in new and irritating ways. Not only is the Babylon of politics, economy and society stubbornly opposed to harmony and common sense. It is frequently perversely unjust. Living in the post truth age we are continually accommodating ourselves to our myths and becoming more confident in the utilisation of outright lies. As Ron McGatlin observes, ‘we live in a world of un-love.’ In many way we live in a wold of un-life.
‘Wading through shit.’ Blunt terms but I know what he means. Nevertheless I am not one who believes in being raptured off to live in bliss while the world drowns in its own garbage. God’s Son entered this realm penetrating to the dark abyss of our killing of life in the person of Jesus of Nazareth.
Father is not afraid of sin and not paralysed by evil. Contrary to what many of us have been led to believe, Father and Holy Spirit did not separate themselves from the Christ on the cross. His cry ‘Why have your forsaken me’ was our cry – the cry of the Son of Man crying out for all of us – our cry of alienation pedalled by the Father of Lies and our own guilt and sense of unworthiness. At the moment of His death the lie was undone. No wonder there was an earthquake when Jesus gave up His spirit. The separation between humans and God was finished! At Pentecost Jesus returned in the Spirit. As a result, Christ lives in us and we are the home of the trinity. Conversely we are in Christ and in Him we are in the heavenly courts. We have union with God and through us heaven is multiplied on earth – when we live in union rather than the lie of separation we are charged with spirit and life.
‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full’ John 10.10.
Jesus labelled the Enemy as a robber and took up the role of the Giver of Life. Jesus preoccupation was not sin. He came to re-join us to God; to reinstate life. Sin is caused by separation from God. People who run about focussing on the worrisome prevalence of sins are missing the point. God is not obsessed with sin. He has this firmly in hand by means of His grace encompassing life. Father’s wild obsession is life - the life of His sons and the life of the world. He loves us and the world and comes continuously to give all life to the full. Life drives out sin.
‘And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ--everything in heaven and on earth’ Eph 1.10 NLT.
In Adam and in sin we were never discarded by Father. Just not sons in spirit and in truth. The aim of Father was to bring sons and daughters back into union with Him; to give all of us the fellowship with each other that the trinity enjoy among themselves and to heal the earth. Thus the plan is to draw all things together in Christ. The good news is that this union is already accomplished in the Spirit. The key is for us to embrace this reality in our flesh. It simple means agreeing with God and saying ‘yes’ to our inheritance as sons and daughters. Our union already is. So no need to scurry about and gain a victory over sins that we think are separating us from fellowship with God. We are already in. We already belong and nothing can change this. Not even future sins. Live from where you have been placed and your sin and fear will be dissolved in life.
RIVERS OF LIVING WATER
The key to being an imparter of regenerating power is to be alive and active in the union already ours. A good strategy is rest. No need to attempt a more rigorous daily devotional setup. Relax in the fact that the Family of God is with you and in you wherever you happen to be. As we step into the reality that is Christ, Father’s heart and thoughts will become ours in a unique way – through the expression of our identity and purpose. This is ours in the Spirit. Not ours in the law, in any performance mode or in the motions that we call religion. It is ours because we are in Christ and He in us. The trinity lives in us.
When Jesus declared. ‘I and the Father are one.’ He was prophesying what would soon be ours. He elaborates and secures this in John 17. Today we and Father are one. This is the Spirit of Sonship where we are one with God by the One Spirit.
‘That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me’ John 17.21 NIV.
Jesus urges us to live from the fact that the flesh accomplishes nothing of heaven’s life but everything of Adams life - which is to say that all of Adam is fragmented, frustrating and unjust. The flow, harmony, peace and joy of living is found when Jesus is our life. In Jesus Father is our life and so is Holy Spirit.
‘Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ’ Phili 3.8 NIV. Paul is saying that anything that is not Jesus is rubbish. The implication is that anything that remains connected to the law is dung because it negates Christ and our union with Father.
Under the law and tied to Adam we can utter words of Christian advice and give some gems on how to be better person. We can fill a religious opportunity with a homily and a few bits of theology. But there is no sustaining, unlimited life in what we say when we and Father are not one – and we are not when we have the mind of Adam and are still living in Moses. We have acquiesced in a lie and a mind-set of separation. Some have made a religion out of this but it did not come from God. To all intents and purposes we are separated from Him in our spirit. So what starts with a bang ends in a whimper and inertia is the go. This is why we worship in spirit and in truth rather than with our veils of misunderstanding.
Don’t purvey offal in the name of God. We are potent when Christ is our life and we are one with Father in spirit and in truth. Not when separated. Christ’s gospel, the gospel of John, Paul and the apostles teaching – the person of Jesus Himself - disconnects us from the law and places us in life. Now we are united by the one spirit to Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We are not dead men talking. We have potency and our efforts produce unlimited Kingdom life.