ALIVE IN THE BRIGTNESS OF JESUS BECAUSE JESUS IS YOU
In Adam all are dead. In Christ all are made alive. The preaching, teaching and speech of a person for whom Christ is life is more cogent, concise and charged with spirit and life .. It’s fair to say that a new covenant person lives a sharper life. But not because they are superior or in some new kind of religious designation. They do what Father and Son are doing because they and Father are one.
SPIRIT AND LIFE IS KINGDOM
‘The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirit and life’ John 6.63 NIV.
We can live a culturally defined life as a Christian and achieve modest gains. We can live incarnationally as a daughter/son and be a fountain of exquisite life. There’s a difference between being a nice guy and a son of God flowing with spirit and life. One is a pleasant chap and the other as Himself is a channel of the life of the trinity.
IN OUR INHERITANCE
This comes to us not because we are superior or have jumped through any hoops but because we believe. Believing the truth is more energising that believing some truth. The truth is that in this age you are an expression of the Christ and an extension of our Father. You are a son. Francois Du Toit writes,
“God is so much bigger than religious or philosophical debates about him; as much as experiencing him is bigger than religion’s most eloquent definition of him. Someone once said: “A man with an encounter is not at the mercy of a man with an argument.” (1)
ALIVE IN HIS LIFE
Should we live in religion we will be living in shared beliefs and arguments. Should Christ be our life we will be incarnated with God and a manifestation of Him. Let’s be clear. Because of Jesus and the achievements of heaven Bob and Hilary are manifestations of the trinity. They may share common understandings. But this is not the essence of them. Christ as them is their essence.
We might ask, ‘Does this matter’ as long as people are living ‘good Christian lives?’ It matters when we consider that Jesus endured the cross so that we can be 110% alive in spirit and soul, not just 40, 60 or 80 percent. The former is life without limit. The latter is a cripple.
(1) Du Toit, Francois. God Believes in You (Kindle Locations 426-429). Mirror Word Publishing. Kindle Edition.