Our life in God is not some routine. It is Christ in us. Many of God’s people are ghosts of their real selves because they live from religion. Religion is a shadow. But the reality is Christ. This implies that we are the most real and the most authentic as ourselves when Christ is our life. Not that any of this is acquired by strenuous effort or attention to formulae. It is received by resting in the belief that Jesus really is our life as regards our person and our circumstances. In our person because the Son of Man is with the Father and the Spirit in heaven and simultaneously with and in us here in our daily lives. In our circumstances because Jesus Christ is the logos – the one in which the entire universe finds its purpose and being.
When Jesus returned to heaven it was to the position where all things are under His feet. Thus all authority is His and by implication under ours. Thus Jesus said, ‘I give you authority.’
Jesus lives in union with His Father. As such He was free to be Himself in perpetuity always aligned with what His Father had in mind. Today this is our privilege when Christ is our life. We have this union in jars of clay. The fellowship the Son enjoys with our Father has become ours. Through Jesus – through Christ in us – we are able to grow into our glory.
In Jesus we see our Father. In Jesus we see Father glorified. Today Jesus lives in you as does our Father and Holy Spirit. We are indwelt and alive with the presence of God. Our challenge is to live from where we are and from who we are – as sons indwelt and as sons who live in the Presence. In Jesus God is glorified in you and you are glorified as a son who is one with our Father.
We are never alone. You do not have to read the Bible and claim the promises. The promises are in you by the Spirit of Sonship. The reality of Christ is in you and with you. The reality is not only Christ. The reality is that the trinity lives in you and that you are a representative of this Holy Family.
To say ‘God is so big!’ is to miss the point. His size is irrelevant. God is our Father and He lives in you. To shout ‘God is good!’ is one thing. To know Him as Father and be a son is to live in ultimate comfort of soul, multiply joy by being yourself in glory. In this state rivers of living water will flow from your being. ‘Service’ to Christ will never be a chore or done from a sense of obligation. Never again will you embark on good works from a sense of duty or a need for self-preservation in the face of a demanding god. Because God is love and God lives in you, you have become love and your ministry consists of spontaneous expressions of your inner most being.
Should we be living from a law/sin mentality we will imagine ourselves separate from God and striving to enter a realm that us beyond us. ‘Keeping close to Jesus’ is an example of the notion where you are outside the life of God and must discipline yourself to gain what you do not have. But you do have it. God is in you and you are in God. Life in God is about what we are saved into. Not striving to achieve what we already have – union with God.
Separation from God is death. But we are joined to God in Jesus. Jesus is life to the full and entirely our life. Reject substitutes. None who live from substitutes are ever fully alive or capable of living to their glory. In the law we cannot see and we cannot hear and every act spreads death instead of life. Glory is not some supernatural glowing. Glory is knowing God as He is, living in the real narrative of what Jesus has done, knowing ourselves as we are and knowing others in spirit and in truth. This is the life of heaven’s trinity multiplied where we are.
By living in law or clinging to the old covenant mode of being we separate ourselves from God in our minds. A legalistic/performance orientation stifles our knowledge of who God really is and shrinks our glory, dimming our spirit and life. This is why we must live in the Spirit of Christ and from no lesser thing. Holy Spirit wants to baptise us into the reality of God by immersing us in the fullness of the genuine Christ. Holy Spirit is the spirit of liberty who sets us free from myths and other gospels designed to confound the elect and degrade the hope of glory.