CHRIST COME IN OUR FLESH IS THE TRINITY INCARNATED
‘Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it’ Matt 7.13 NIV. All who believe in Jesus will inherit eternal life.
Those who believe the truth about Jesus and who are living in the incarnated, new covenant fullness of His Gospel of Paul and John will fill this life with His presence and will themselves release rivers of spirit and life.
‘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.
Jesus offers a full glass of the water of life. Never a glass half full or a near empty glass. Competence as ministers of the new covenant means actively living in the oneness that is ours with the consequence that we are agents of spirit and life rather than marketers of religion as life.
What is the new covenant? It simply means ‘Christ as you’ and His life as your life. This is life in the Spirit.
The Spirituality that Jesus initiated is as simple and profound as His life as ours. This is the meaning of CHRIST COME IN OUR FLESH. The living of religion as a church routine is mundane compared to the inheritance that is ours in which Jesus is our life. It’s the narrow way that is anything but effete and narrow minded. It is brimming with the agency of the trinity in you. It’s not a law as in ‘letters on stone’ but it is alive with infinite life because it is Christ come in our flesh.
It’s unfortunate that ‘the flesh’ has such a poor connotation due to its association with the law. But real life and real righteousness is witnessed when we agree with Jesus that by the Spirit we are Him come in our flesh. Jill and George are the manifestation of Jesus.
Jesus is not among us to make you ‘Christian.’ He is here to express Himself as you.
Christianity can often be lived as some version of the knowledge of good and evil, which is to say, as an expression of the law and religion. Many live a diluted version of the law as their religion and others have made the law their religion. This culture is so prevalent that incarnational spirituality - the only real spirituality may not be recognised at all.
Real spirituality is never vaporous or ineffectual. It’s not legalism or institutional ‘godliness.’ It is as simple as Jesus manifesting as us. Godliness IS US BEING PART OF GOD AND GOD BEING PART OF US. Not a compartmentalised part but the imbuing of our person with His Spirit.
Godliness is a state of being. It’s God by the Spirit being you.
FRUIT THAT LASTS
There are rites and behaviours that religious to which religious people affix themselves that impart little or no life or righteousness to our person. Yet people do them because someone has persuaded them that this rite pleases God. Agreeing that Christ is our life pleases God and obeying His invitation to join His life results in the trinity making their home on our being.
Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them’ John 14.23 NIV. Significantly loving Jesus has nothing to do with the law but involves obeying Christ’s teaching that He is our exclusively our life.
Paul asserts that the law kills our humanity. Jesus never makes us less than human or non-human. He makes us really human. Kids liked being with Jesus for a reason. He had never lost the child in Himself and was always what it really means to be a human being.
Of course the religious person might well dispute this, since in religion we live in distorted christs. Other religionists may object that Christ come in the flesh, Christ as our life is not specific enough to be real. Yet these same people have often made a ‘thing’ out of spiritual gifts and the anointing, which they know to be real. Yet if the effectiveness of an incarnated life is not real neither are these gifts. Because they are a different manifestation of the same thing – the real presence of Christ by the Spirit.
Such objections need not be taken seriously since religion puts us into a state of anaesthesia where we are numb to real life and righteousness and blinded to subtle evils. Yesterday a commentator on the radio remarked that stupid people don’t usually know that they are stupid because they are stupid. Funny, I thought but true.
Much of what we see in government these days is moribund and stupid. In the church we need more than Christianity. We need Jesus as us. This makes us one with the spirit ofs wisdom and revelation. We can live in this or possess the discernment of a marrow, speaking nonsense with confidence like a community of Donald Trumps.
Religion as a thing in itself can contain all of the myths and none of the truths that distinguish the Kingdom of God from the Kingdom of religion. Jeff Turner writes of the ‘wide gate’ of commonly believed myths and fables,
WIDE IS THE WAY
“We are typically handed nothing more than the former generations toxic misunderstanding which, in my opinion, always does far more damage than an ignorant atheism ever could. We would oftentimes have been better off with no theology at all than with some of the nonsense that has been taught in the name of Christianity.
Tragically, these gruesome and harmful caricatures of God [They are not always gruesome but always perverse] eventually become dogmatized and doctrinalized.
Eventually whole structures arise that devote themselves to brewing and distributing these doctrinal distillations to eager-to-drink disciples. Whole generations emerge from the wombs of these structures, fully possessed by and devoted to the false representations of God learned within their walls.” (1)
In religion we can easily take offence when those like Turner refuse to participate in our distorted gospel and its imagined ‘godliness.’ I had a gentleman rebuke me once for drawing a picture of a youth saying, “I thank you Jesus that I can enjoy this beach, this surf and your life!’ he was a reflection of the ‘god’ he worshiped.
Sad when people think Jesus is about churches and non-life. What might Jesus say to such a person? Possibly something like this. ‘You will enjoy my life when you stop giving people the impression that I am like you - when in fact I am like Me.’ Those with the man giggled and the man himself went away secretly relieved.’
(1) Turner, Jeff. Saints in the Arms of a Happy God: Recovering the Image of God and Man (p. 17). Jeff Turner. Kindle Edition.