By living in Jesus it is possible to be instructed continually by the Spirit of Truth and to live a life that is Jesus manifesting in you. Here a life of sharp discernment is the norm – a normal experience in which one will find oneself able to distinguish between what is good and what is superb.
Jesus left behind not a mere adjustment of the status quo. He inaugurated something infinitely better than what was here before. When Jesus spoke of the old wineskin He meant the old covenant, the law of Moses, the temples, Sabbaths and feast days. He meant all that He had brought to an end in Adam. He meant religion –religion that would be replaced by Himself in person. From His resurrection onwards, His life would flow to those who not only believed on Him but who lived in Him and in whom HE LIVED. The Son of Man would now be incarnate in the sons and daughters of men. Christ would be the life of individuals and the life of the world.
‘Jesus began the new creation by deconstructing the old.’
Jesus does not attempt to revive Adam. He gives us life in Himself. Thus the notion of attempting to rub the oil of the Holy Spirit into an old wineskin should be seen as the nonsense it is. Spirit and law do not mix. One is life and one is death. One is sight and one blindness. Jesus is the new and living way; the way that is alive and regenerating. Now Jesus lives to fill all people and all things with His Presence.
‘And the same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself’ Eph 4.10 NLT.
Immersion in the fog of a religious life occurs when we treat things that are not holy as if they are holy and when we treat things that are not God as though they are. We can do this when ‘Christianity’ rather than Jesus is our life, which is to say that we are partially beholden to idols – Christian idols - but idols nevertheless.
The greater our degree of union with Jesus the less religious we become. The less religious we are the better we are able to discern life itself and separate out the various modes of death that pass themselves off as life. But the converse is also true. The more religious we are, the more sluggish we are, the more blurred our vision and the more prone we are to promote mixture rather than the pure flame of heaven’s life. None who live from the law live in the Spirit. They have but a few drops of spirit and life. In religion we bumble along sincerely seeing through a fog and purveying diluted versions of life and cordial of death.
"Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. John 5.24 NIV. Eternal life is the result of the spirit and life that rises in you today!
SHINING AS THE SON
The righteous shine as the sun. But not because they have mastered the culture of good and evil performance routine. They shine because they are the Son’s life.
‘Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear’ Matt 13.43 NIV.
There is a reason why Jesus does not always shine as brightly as He could. So many do not live in Him. Their life is Christianity. In many instances there here is an unstated contract between Believers and religious professionals. Believers involve themselves in earning a living while ceding their union with Jesus to the professional mediatorial role of the clergy. The result of this carnal contract is that the influence of Jesus is dulled, the church and pastors become quasi mediators and the ability of the masses to see His Face is veiled. Veiled by the flesh. As a result, the kingdoms of this world pass themselves off as the Kingdom of God, the well-being of the world is retarded and people like Mr. Trump get to be president of the United States..
‘For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus’ 1 Tim 2.5 NIV.
God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that the world may enjoy the re-creation that flows from the life of Jesus into His people. How do we love the world as Jesus does? By receiving Jesus Himself as our life. By living in Jesus rather than in false mediators and religious substitutes, we place all things, including ourselves under His feet. His life becomes our life and the life of the world.
‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son’ John 3.16 NIV.