THE CHURCH OF CHRIST THE KING

Christ in you - His Kingdom in the world

RECEIVED


If our only link with God is through our church then we can expect litle more than a pedestrian relationship with God and a dimmed representation of ourselves. The interposition of such a mediator obscures the glory of God and smothers the glory of the Believer. Yet union with God in Jesus reveals His glory and displays our own.

‘When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’ Col 3.4 NIV.

Many Christians who are attendees of church on a regular basis have no significant relationship with Jesus even if they have a relationship with church – a routine that many equate with godliness if not God. Many pastors and denominational staff are engulfed and committed to the swirl of activity that is ‘the cause.’ But far less possess Christ as their life in the terms spoken of by Paul and Jesus. There was no ‘glass half full’ obfuscation in Paul’s declaration. He said, Christ is our life and that all else was garbage.

What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ’ Phil 3.8 KJV.

Paul was not talking about the possession of a belief system or an adherence to Christian values. He meant a personal union with Jesus. John spoke of union with God in Jesus writing, ‘On that day you will realize that
I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.’ But that day has never come for many Believers. Not if we are wedded to religion rather than married to Christ.

‘I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him’ 2 Cor 11.2 NIV.

A conference speaker came from America and urged Believers to become ‘a habitation of God.’ The fact is, however that we already are His dwelling place. We are incarnated with His presence. Firstly the Son of God was incarnated as a man. Secondly He is incarnated in the flesh of each of us.

‘This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God’ 1 John 4.2 NIV. This is the foundation of post-cross life – Jesus manifest in you and as His people.

GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM

Anyone who believes in Jesus receives the indwelling of Holy Spirit and our Father who make their home in us. The gospel of the Kingdom is ‘Not that we can receive Jesus into our lives, but that we have been received into His.’ If we live in the reality that is Christ rather than in religious shadows we have chosen glory over the dullness of the flesh. The glory of God is to be Himself. Our glory is to be sons. When Christ is our life our humanity shines with Godly light. We overflow with spirit and life.

‘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. Law and performance are the flesh. They extinguish our glory. Spirit and rest is our inheritance as the sons and daughters of God.

Jesus said, ‘I and the Father are one.’ Because Jesus is our life, all that is His is ours. His relationship with our Father is ours. You and Father are one. You are not an orphan and are always at home in your Father’s House. At home because He is in you and you are in Him. We have this infinite presence in jars of clay – all of us. All have each member of the trinity alive by the Spirit in their being. The gospel of the Kingdom as opposed to the gospel often purveyed by institutionalism is not that we need to receive Jesus into our lives but that we have been received into His. Live from where He has placed you. Not where the Enemy has betrayed you.

‘The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us’ 2 Cor 4.7 NIV.

Religion and its daughter institutionalism, saps Believers of the real presence of God.
The spirit of anti-christ is subtle and determined. The aim is to close us down and neutralise the infinite life in the Believer and the church. The aim is to substitute Christ our life with religion; to substitute the spontaneity and power of the Spirit of sonship with structures of the letter and death. The Enemy would have us
come to terms with the shadow and make the shadow the reality. But the reality is Christ. When we live in anything less, Christ is obscured and we become shadows of who we really are: People with authority of Christ are not like the purveyors of religion. But if our if reality is Christ, then we have an encounter with infinity and we release eternal life.

‘In him was life, and the life was the light of men’ John 1.4 ESV.

All before Jesus was shadow. But the reality is Christ. If we are living from the old covenant, from the law or a hybrid gospel we have chosen shadow over reality. A life in shad0ws leaves us in torpor and passivism or alternatively we go to great effort to uphold the unsustainable and so bury the new creation with religion and separationism. This is accomplished through bad doctrine and poor teaching. The result is that we are shadows of our real selves and not competent to minister the new covenant of infinite life of Jesus.

‘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.

Satan resists the fullness of Christ. If he can manufacture a little christ, a narrow christ and an inadequate christ – a christ that is insufficient so that we believe we must make up the slack and add something of our own, the Enemy is pleased. Some of the nicest people who love Jesus have been seduced by the spirit of anti-christ in this way. But this is a strategy of the evil one to leech the Christ of fullness in order to leech you and the world of life.

In Jesus you are one with Father and belong to the family of God.
Jeff Turner urges that all allow God to dissolve their false images of God- which He will do if our desire is to know him as He is. But not if we are tied to the idol of ‘our perspective’ and insist on making Him in our own image.

Genuine love seeks to know the lover. God has provided the knowledge of Himself through Jesus. To see Jesus is to see our Father. It is also to see yourself as a son. Turner writes that ‘God can never be content in leaving us in misrepresentations of Himself.’ These distortions harm us in the most profound of ways, stifling the image of God in the name of godliness. Thus 'To redeem his image is to redeem us.'

Turner observes that eventually whole structures arise, sustained by and sustaining these myths. Some of them are denominations that market their toxic soup to the gullible and the desperate. Convinced that their darkness is light, they perceive an opening for their message and a vulnerability in some part of the world. They rush to fill the gap with their delusion. But they create cripples rather than sons and shades rather than men and women of God. The distraught masses lap up this toxic soup as if it is an elixir. But what they are being drawn into is a cunningly devised fable – a perversion of the gospel of the Kingdom and with it a false Messiah and ideology that has never embraced the new covenant. These misrepresentations of God are formalised, doctrinised and made into a message that purports to heal the world’s ills. But they never will because the message is part of the disease.

The mystery revealed is this: Jesus has become us, and we have become Him. He is revealed to us and we are revealed as our real selves. Thus the glory of God and the glory of His sons is enhanced as sons who multiply the new creation.

‘When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’ Col 3.4 NIV.