I read an article yesterday about people leaving the church. But there was nothing about Jesus in it. Maybe that’s the kind of church people are leaving. Christianity as we have come to know it may be moralism. But moralism is not the Kingdom of God. Jesus manifesting as us is the Kingdom of God – incarnation.
‘Christianity is not a religion. It is a person.’ I read that in a Christian book in the 1980s.
Some years ago, Rick Joyner as a result of a vision, described certain people leading the church as generals with cardboard fire arms – a parable of parts of the church and the reason why people leave it. We would do better to live from the incarnation than from the externality of institutions. Where Christ is our life the church is the manifestation of Jesus in spirit and life.
TRUTH IS LIFE
There are some good books about if you know where to look. If your desire is to know that truth that sets people free to be spirit and life as themselves, you will find teaching on it. People are moving to the ‘second part of life in this season because a deep understanding of the new birth is being released. But if our mission in life is to legitimate and sustain inherited ideas, then Jesus will not force us to be a tree of life when being a bonsai us what satisfies.
New birth is not a change in morality. For many of us it is the change from Christianity to Christ our life.
This book (above) is about the gifts. But its premise is that the gifts do not exist in a silo by themselves. It presents the new covenant as foundational for the advance of the Kingdom because the new covenant is the guarantee that we and our Father are one.
WE AND FATHER ARE ONE
One substance with God is why Jesus had the Spirit without limit and also why Jesus always did what Father was doing. He didn’t have visions to do it. Jesus and Father were interwoven as Father and son. So are you.
You and Father are one – not as deity but as sons /daughters of God. In this perichoresis you are one with God yet fully you.
The oneness of being of the trinity, courtesy of Jesus Christ and the enterprise of the trinity becomes your oneness with God, with yourself and with others. This is the oneness denoted in John 17.
This is important for the flowing of life from the trinity to ourselves. Here is an excerpt from an endorsement of the book.
WHOLENESS FOR ALL
“Despite its title, this invaluable book is really about the centrality and supremacy of Jesus Christ in all things. If we can get that primary matter straight, then order, health, and wholeness (and whole lot more) can be restored to both individual believers and the Body of Christ at large.
The gifts were given to the church that we all may attain to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Jesus Christ. But in some places, these gifts have become self-existing entities apart from the Lord. The inevitable misuse of them, particularly in the prophetic realm, has resulted in widespread confusion, distortion, damage, and even outright destruction amongst God's people. If you want to perpetuate the Charismatic dysfunction ubiquitous on the Christian landscape, this book is definitely not for you.” (1)
We can promote a misshapen gospel when our gospel is ‘another gospel.’ We can live a life of Christian activism yet be dwarfed in our being because we are workers instead of sons. We can emit drops of spirit and life due to grace but rivers of it when we live in the new covenant union of oneness with God.
(1) Crosby, Stephen. The New Testament Prophet: Understanding the Mind, Temperament, and Calling (Kindle Locations 130-135). . Kindle Edition.