Sacrifice was an integral part of old testament religion. But it should not be the core of your living. His burden is light and not really a burden. Nevertheless Believer can attempt to live out a mode of sacrifice in order to gain the favour of God. I know of people who get a disease in their senior years and think God has let them down because they have ‘done the stuff.’
It’s not a contract.
The good news is that we are already in favour. You live in ‘belonging.’ There is no contract. But there is the gift of eternal life. In Jesus you have been drawn into the life of the triune God.
LAMB OF GOD
Jesus the Lamb of God is the sacrifice that takes away the sin of the world. ‘Sin’ is primarily what results from separation from God and going one’s own way to be godly as with Adam and Eve. Righteousness is union with God. It is being part of God as sons and daughters and thus becoming the very expression of God as Jill and George.
NOT A BARGAIN
Post cross living is not about ‘sacrifice’ or ‘contract’ in achieving godliness. Your inheritance is Christ in you. Jesus declared this when He heralded Himself as the Way, the truth and the life. Neither is it primarily about sin and sin management. Godliness is our union with God – a union that is now yours. Woven into God we are blessed by the extinguishing of multiple degradations and lies about God that we know as sin.
The fruits of the Spirit are Christ as you. More correctly you have become a tree of life bearing the fruits of life.
THE LIFE OF GOD IS GOD
‘Realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20. Realise and live in the Reality that is Christ your life.
The life of God is found neither in religious motifs or sacraments. A holy life is God in you. Life is found neither in the law or religion: Life is God in you. Paul was specific in this when He spoke of Christ our life. Jesus is not the means to righteousness in some list. Neither is He the Supervisor of His own religion. God is His own mediator. Jesus Himself is our life and our righteousness. He is the Door to our union with the trinity and their union with us – a union and a fellowship that is already a fact.
LIVE IN YOUR UNION
Many Christians live a sacred/secular dualism because they do not live in the incarnation. Others have created a denomination out of dualism via the law and the notion of a ‘Great Controversy between Christ and Satan.’ But there is no need to make religion out of dualism because in Christ the two have been made one. You are one with God. We need to be in Christ rather than in religion. In the latter we remain in the divided realm of the tree of Knowledge. In Christ we are one with God, with ourselves and with each other and the creation.
LIVE YOUR ONENESS WITH GOD
Law adherence today is a diversion and a wild goose-chase. The issue is Christ your life which means Jesus in you and Jesus as you. Sons and daughters of God are the manifestation of the trinity. This is life in the Spirit. This mode of life is not Holy Spirit bolted onto the law and the old covenant.
The relationship that exists between the members of the trinity and that is the trinity has become your relationship with God. You have become absorbed into this communion. This is the law of the Spirit of Life – union with God.
“The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming-not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. HEBREWS 10:1
The Mosaic Law, with its commandments regarding sacrifice, was merely a shadow of a pre-existing reality that had not yet made its way into linear time.
The work of Christ was accomplished in the mind of the Godhead long before creation, and had as its shadow the Old Testament sacrificial practices. Like any shadow, it was rather obscure and uninformative. Shadows don’t speak, and are therefore unable to tell their own story. (1) Jesus Christ is the story and the telling of the story.
THE WORD IS ALIVE
Christ is the living word of God. When He is our life we are our true selves: The living word of us.
The core of kingdom life is Christ our life, otherwise known as the incarnation. ‘Christ come in the flesh’ means that the Spirit of Christ manifests as you, Jill and Mike. Firstly the Son of God came as Jesus of Nazareth. Secondly the Jesus comes by the Spirit to live in you. You don’t become Jesus. You are not God. But the Spirit of Jesus is expressed in the uniqueness of you. You came from God. You are redeemed by God. God lives in you and expresses His Spirit as you. You are a son of your Father in spirit and in truth.
The story of who God is and what His love looks like is Jesus Christ. The story of who you are as son/daughter or God is being written. By you. As Jesus is God’s word manifest so are you – because Christ is your life and you are the expression of Him. Each day you write a paragraph of your life – you, a son/daughter of God.
(1) Turner, Jeff. Saints in the Arms of a Happy God: Recovering the Image of God and Man (p. 103). Jeff Turner. Kindle Edition.