‘And said to him: "Run, tell that young man, 'Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of people and animals in it’ Zech 2.4 NIV.
Christ our life produces peace, calm and fruitfulness. There is a flow of spirit-life from the trinity that pools in us and and then flows to those we touch and the projects we initiate. Thus we build communities that are spirit and life - the new creation Kingdom of God.
Some years ago, a prophetic word indicated that a well-known man of God should come and be the conference speaker so that people ‘would have more faith.’ But it’s not more faith we need. Or more work. We need to live from where we have been placed as sons in the Fatherhood of God. Sons are not only led by the Spirit. They multiply the spirit and life that is the substance of the Kingdom. The conference has come and gone and the all things continued as they were. The essence of Kingdom life is Christ our life where we and Father are one. This is the plan for ourselves, cities and nations.
Not a few Christians think the bottom line is what you do; that proof of genuine Christianity is a busy life of good works. It’s hard not to think this way if you are a pastor of the managerial class whose effectiveness is likely to be measured on how busy his/her church is. It is difficult for the erroneously called lay person not to be so convinced when what he has been taught as the gospel is a Christianised version of the knowledge of good and evil. The kingdom is not primarily morality or some advantageous life-style element. It is Christ our life. There is a stream of spirit and life that originated in heaven to manifest in the Believer who has embraced their sonship.
But as Jesus said, ‘Work is of no effect on the Kingdom unless it is the outworking of the spirit of heaven in us us.’ In any case the bottom line is not what we do. It is who we are. Sons of God multiply the life of the Father. Sons of religion multiply iniquity. In using the damning word iniquity, we are not speaking of gross immorality. Such iniquity is the multiplication of non-life under the umbrella of ‘god.’ It is religious. It is rooted in old covenant assumptions that leave Believers separated from God and minus the spirit-life of the incarnation. Holy Spirit and charismata do not overcome the disability of living as though we and our Father are one. The gifts and miracles are never a thing in themselves disconnected from the spirit of sonship. To imagine this can place us in the parlous situation of being supporters of God and supporters of Donald Trump. We have this ‘church-world’ in a compartment separated from the world at large. Religion will have us focus on some element of morality. Jesus will have us focus on Himself as life.
Ron McGatlin writes,
‘Often for many people including Christians, the powerful keys to the kingdom of God are covered in a dark blanket of natural understanding and religious training.’
Natural understanding and religious training means living from the flesh and in the knowledge of good and evil with a Christian gloss. Did you know that what many think of as the Kingdom of God is actually a far lesser entity - a Christianised version of the knowledge of good and evil. So we have people obsessed with some aspect of morality while neglecting the Kingship of Christ.
Many Christians are steeped in a life of rationalist/materialism. The experience of Holy Spirit’s absence has been taught as sound doctrine, and cessationism has been taught as though God and the Bible support it. But this is not the real reason for the church of the Hollow Men. The impotence of the church comes from living an old covenant experience as though it is the new covenant way.
Some of what we call Christianity is no more than god-talk-behaviour modification. A lot of it is a matrix of morality and beliefs adhered to with Jesus help. Sadly this is just a more sophisticated version of the law that Jesus nailed to the cross.
Paul taught that we have exchanged the law for life in the Spirit. The Kingdom is not living Christianity with Jesus help, just as it is not ostentatious charity endeavour. The Kingdom is Christ our life, Christ as us, Christ as the church. Christ as the new creation of the world. Christ as the Kingdom of God.
‘And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it’ Matt 16.18 NIV.
His church is the church that says, ‘You are the Christ who is our life.’ This church rolls back every work of the Evil One and completely undoes the powers of hell. But we need to live in the union with God that is ours.
Jesus did not come to help us keep the law. Neither is Holy Spirit obsessed with tongues and prophecy. Healing is a sign for the healing of society and the nations. Not a religious phenomenon unconnected from the kingdoms of this world.
The trinity has made their home in us. The incarnation is real so that heaven comes to earth through each of us. Heaven among us is as real as we are. Peter exclaimed, ‘You are the Christ, the Saviour of the world!’ Jesus replied. ‘You are Peter and on the rock of My life as yours, we will build my church!’