FULLY IN HIMSELF
Jesus always spoke words of spirit and life. He never participated in a wasted initiative. Jesus was an extension of His Father – part of His Father as a son. Under the new covenant this is our privilege. We and Father are one. Jesus always did what He saw His Father doing. This was the effect of being a son.
During the era of Adam, which is before the cross, all were sons by designation. But not in spirit and in truth. This was the age of separation. Jesus resurrection began the age of union with God. The age of the knowledge of good and evil was over. The age of the fullness of God in people and manifesting through them had begun.
‘But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify’ Rom 3.21 NIV. The life of God is the righteousness of God. This is the life that lives in you and becomes your life. The righteousness of God is a Person. As a son the righteousness of God is you!
NEW COVENANT UNION
Our roles is to do what we see Jesus doing. To do this we need to be living in the new and living way. We need to have embraced the union with which we have been gifted in the person of Jesus. There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus. Neither is there any separation between you and Jesus. He lives in you. So does Holy Spirit. So does Father.
In the new testament our life is not ‘being close to Jesus.’ He has already blended with our spirit, soul and body. Our living is less doing things to please Jesus or living a life of service and more inviting Him to be our life. There is no separation. No place where Jesus is not and no time when He is not in us and with us. You have a sacred life!
Today Jesus is our life. It is from our position of union with God that we know what Jesus is doing. Our hearts are one. We are seated with Him in heavenly places. He inhabits our being and we have His mind. Rooted in this spirit of sonship are the gifts of the Spirit. Separated from this they just flail about and fade.
‘For, "Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?" But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ’ 1 Cor 2.16 NLT.
By living in the fullness of our inheritance we are able to multiply the fullness of the Kingdom – because our life is the King. Just as Jesus is the alpha and omega so He embraces all of out activity. He initiates life-giving actions in our being and draws us into His fullness as a way of life.
Glued to the law or to its more subtle form, religion we remain in separation while obsessing about union – the union that is already ours and secured in Jesus. ‘Jesus has united human life, the life of God, the life of heaven and earth in Himself.’
Jesus is never to be the footnote to our plans and activities. Our plans and activities will be a function of His life. He is the vine. We are the branches. In His vine we are rooted into the trinity as sons in spirit and in truth. Our daily living will be the fruits of the Spirit. In living this way we ensure that His will is done on earth as it is in heaven. Living in the new and living way we avoid Ishmael’s and the confusion they cause in the name of God.
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In Ephesians 1-4 Paul writes about Jesus as our life; about being joined to the life of our Father in Christ. He assures us that from Christ’s glorious strength He will empower us with His unlimited resources through His Spirit. The resources of the Spirit are supernatural, infinite and aligned with the will of the Father and the Son. There are no Ishmael’s, still births or fizzers here. Then in Ephesians 4 Paul asserts that Jesus ascended ‘So that he might fill the entire universe with Himself.’
There is no compartmentalized living in the new covenant age. No secular and sacred. No ‘my time’ and ‘His time’ or ‘my funds’ and ‘His funds.’ We belong and are the expression of His wholeness – in Him, in time and in space. It’s all sacred. In Him we live, move and have our being. The imagination of sacred and secular is one of the great illusions of Christian living. This dichotomy is one of the main hallucinations of the knowledge of good and evil. Christ is either all and in all or we have ourselves another gospel.
Christ is all and in all or He not Lord but an adjunct to our pre-occupations. There is no ‘my work’ and ‘God’s work’ in His Kingdom. No my initiative and God’s initiative. Christ is all and in all. It is His life that drives out death, misguided action and poor discernment. If we have a track record of embarking on plans and activities that come to nothing, it may be time to consider how accurately we are hearing from God and then taking it one step further by asking ourselves if our ministry is fully about Him or actually about us.
‘But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him’ 1 Cor 6.17 NLT.
Fruitfulness comes from genuine union with God and hearing accurately from God. Unity comes less from seeking unity and more from making Jesus our life. Joined to the trinity WE ARE UNITY AND COMMUNION. With Christ as our life we each live in His being, filled by the One Spirit. Thus ‘He makes the whole Body fit together perfectly.’ ‘Jesus has united human life, the life of God, the life of heaven and earth in Himself.’