Living in the Spirit means Christ’s Spirit becoming you. This is the pure gospel of the Kingdom separated from additions and encumbrances that did not come from God from layers between ourselves and Christ.
In the post-cross age there is no separation from Christ and from the triune God. Not unless we create it ourselves with ‘other gospels.’
God did not give us religion. God have us Himself in Christ to be with us and in us. In the incarnated life the spirit of God expresses Himself as Bob and Pamela. In Christ we have been made one substance with God – perichoresis. This word means that we have been made part of God (sons) yet are uniquely ourselves. The Lord’s Table illustrates this. The bread becomes us. It does not become a church, a routine, a denominational icon. It does not become the Ten Commandments. It becomes you. The bread and wine becomes us, illustrating Jesus words, ‘Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood you have no life in you.’
In a law mindset we are not born again. We are dread with Adam. We are alive when Christ is us. We can be a ‘real self’ in Jesus when we abandon the artifice of religion and live directly in Christ our life. It’s as simple as deciding to do it. Then again we can choose to be contained in what we have always known because we prefer to defend the illusion in which we have inherited, rather than embrace the living truth.
We can love Jesus even though our Jesus is not the real Jesus and our gospel is ‘another gospel.’ All ‘other gospels’ involve a return to Adam and a rejection of Christ and His complete salvation and life for all. Which is why Paul says so bluntly, ‘If righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!’ Gal 2,21 NIV. The tragedy in this mode is that we may have embraced Christianity, yet we remain lifeless and bereft of spirit and life.
‘Go to this people and say, "You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving’ Acts 28.26 NIV.
MAKE A START
All Kingdom life starts from a position in the false self before revelation empowers us to move to the real self who we become when Christ becomes our life. It’s the new birth where Jesus expresses Himself as you, George and Agatha.
Salvation is forgiveness for sin and participating in the limitless life and the relentless growing into one’s real self that is the ‘glory to glory’ of the sons of God.
SHARE HIS LIFE
“Adam’s rebellion [was] met with an immediate and stout and intolerable divine “No! I did not create you to perish. I did not create you to flounder in misery, to live in such appalling pain and brokenness and heartache and destitution. I created you for life, to share in My life and glory, to participate in the fullness and joy, the free-flowing fellowship and goodness and wholeness that I share with My Son and Spirit. And I will have it no other way. It will be so.” (1)
It will be so and it is so when you say to Jesus, ‘Yes, you are my life.’ Life in the Spirit is Christ our life. It’s Christ as you and Christ as us.
(1) Kruger, C. Baxter. Jesus and the Undoing of Adam . Perichoresis Press. Kindle Edition.