Christ is our life for a reason. His life becomes ours in every way. It is in Jesus that we become sons of the free woman and leave behind our identity a sons of the slave woman. The Enemy is pleased when he creates entire denominations of the slave woman’s sons.
We can live in peace and wholeness or in bits and pieces and call it holiness. We can live a life in the frame of the knowledge of good and evil with a weekly ‘walk’ in a performance mentality which conditions us to live a ‘bitty’ life. But none can live whole out of the law. Performance orientation and a church driven works culture is a form of law. The law will never furnish integration. There is no ‘flow’ of the Holy Spirit in law and no river of divine life. But there is a matrix of contrasting times and spaces and a network of forms and definitions – a draft board of ‘do this and do not do that.’ This is normal to the natural person. It is how the non-life of the un-Kingdom of God looks and works. It is the stuff of the stuffed person stuffed with religion. It is why life in the Spirit is opaque to the natural man and why he cannot get a handle on it. It is why he settles for contriving some kind of goodness out of bits. He is an alchemist.
‘The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit’ 1 Cor 2.14 NIV.
Tied to the law we do not live in the Spirit. I know folks who add Holy Spirit to their law culture and it goes nowhere. Yet they live in the illusion that they are in the Spirit. The Kingdom of God will not grow out of the old covenant and the law. This is the reason for the cross, the resurrection and the descent of Jesus to live by the Spirit in our being.
OLD FOR NEW YOU
In Moses we lived in dichotomies and demarcations. In Jesus we live in God. Take care that you have not come under the influence of a modern day Moses when you have been gifted a life in Jesus. Don’t cavil over times when God has given you a life.
‘Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day’ Col 2.16 NIV.
There is no sacred and secular in His Kingdom because our life is in His Son. Don’t label unholy what God has made holy in Jesus. In Jesus your role is to release His new creation life into all things at all times and in all places. While on holidays we saw a church vehicle on which was written the words, ‘We support the life-style you choose.’ This is excellent incarnation thinking. God incarnates Himself in you and ignites you with spirit and life with His indwelling of you. He is with you and in you. Your roles is to assist Him in drawing all things into Himself.
A SABBATH LIFE
Before the fall Adam and Eve lived in Sabbath relationship with God. Following the resurrection this relationship has been restored. You have a Sabbath life because you and Father are one. The religious person can gain points for venerating times and places. Religiosity confers a status of sorts. But in heaven it is the status of a spiritual cripple and a blind man. In Heaven our status results from our alignment with the new covenant accomplishments of heaven on our behalf.
Since Jesus is our life we are His life. We are bought with a price and not our own. In Jesus we live, move and have our being. Our body is His. Our history is His. Our vocation is His and our time and money is His. Now we are one in Him and the creation is one in God. Living in Jesus, the One New Man we have become the man who is one. Humpty-dumpty is fixed and the world is in the throes of being put back together. Or not. Not if we are still living in the bits and pieces of the knowledge of good and evil.
‘For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him’ Col 1.16 NIV.
MYSTERY OF INIQUITY
Law will condition us to think sacred and secular, my time and God’s time, my things and God’s things, my definition of good and other people’s definition of evil. But to those who are in Christ any diminution of God is evil and every thing that makes people smaller than they have been made to be in Christ is wicked W I C K E D.
But to those who are whole in God, all things are holy. All time is God’s time. In Jesus you are all His and joined to the flow of God’s life.
Jesus loved the rich young ruler even though he walked in the blindness of the law. The deceit of law and its compartments is that it leads us to think we can serve God while serving ourselves; that we can pursue our interests and God’s interests. That we can work for ourselves all week and give Him some quality time at week-ends. But worship is a life and His Kingdom is our life in Him. His Kingdom is our lives manifest as Jesus in the world. This is the on-going new creation in Christ.