Christ in you - His Kingdom in the world


Most of us would like to be morally upright. But there’s something more exciting than that. It’s being alive! The life of heaven is always personal, Godly and human. We speak of Jesus because He makes all that is crooked straight. Many of us have never been healed of our crooked being, let alone become effulgent with spirit and life. This is because we have lived from Christianity rather than the Christ. The notion of Christ our life has been unknown to us and subsumed under the activity of ‘going to church’ and being a church person. What we do will never give us spirit and life but Christ our life will make us and all we touch alive.


We are not successful as pastors and teachers by getting people to ‘do things.’ We are a success when we facilitate them into being sons and daughters of God. From sons flow spirit, life and new creation activity. No Ishmael’s here. Yet there are Believers whose life work is a constant Ishmael. They look for a church which in their opinion is doing it right by fitting their need to be doing a ‘doing agenda.’ Unwilling to allow Christ to be their life they ignore life in the Spirit and Paul’s teaching in Romans eight. They are unwilling to receive it because they are obsessed with earning their self-worth and their acceptance with God. Unwilling to lay down their arms and their lives at the cross they continue with their own cross, their own serial Ishmael’s and their unfulfilled quest to live in the peace and rest of a fruitful son of God. But we have absolute rest and infinite fruitfulness as agents of the new creation when Jesus is our life.

Thankfully in the mode above we can exhaust ourselves and come to our wits end. Once we admit that we just cant do it we are in a position for Jesus to do something with us.


Deep insight and spiritual wisdom comes from God. The first deacons were chosen on the ground that they were full of wisdom and the Holy Spirit. This insight is ours when we are in God and He in us. This is a new covenant grace that is ours generally as spiritual discernment and often particularly in some as a gift of discernment. Such a gift is a new covenant reality and feature of living in the light that is God.

Encased in a law mindset we are incapable of rightly dividing the word of truth let alone accurately assessing a situation with spiritual discernment. The latter, I should say is the ability to separate religion from Kingdom and flesh from spirit and life.

The source of all life in the universe is the trinitarian God. In Jesus we participate in this life. We and Father are one when we are living in the accomplishments of Jesus and the
fulfilled plan or our Father and the Spirit. This is known as the new covenant, the vicarious humanity of Jesus or more simply as Christ our life. Our life in God is not a religion. It is the person of Jesus. He is our union with God flowing from the reality that is Christ. Be aware that Christ is the reality and the gifts are the effect of this reality. Our work for Him is never that reality. Our life in Him makes the things we do ignited with eternal life.

‘These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ’ Col 2.17 NIV.


Hearing God well is not associated with earning our salvation or paying back Jesus for what He did. The best prophecy comes when we are not trying. The worst when we feel we must prophesy or speak out what we are thinking because we have been conditioned at some ‘prophetic activation’ seminar or because we need to be seen as spiritual and ‘moving in the Spirit. This can promote misguided words bordering on well-meant nonsense. The fruits of the Spirit come from our rootedness in our Father. The gifts, the charismata and visions and dreams are a function of our new covenant rootedness in Father. This is the soil of the anointing. The latter has no independent existence and is not a thing in itself. The fruit that is the Spirit comes from our root in our Father. Jesus’ union with Father meant that He had the Spirit without limit.

‘The Kingdom of God cannot be grown by bolting Holy Spirit onto law and old covenant.’

Genuine and reliable Kingdom life with the gifts of the Spirit is not associated with anything of a law or with a performance taint. Rooted in law or religion the Spirit both fades and is vulnerable to take over. This is because the Spirit, life in the Spirit and the gifts that flow are the fruitage of we and Father being as one. God has made us one. In Christ this is an accomplished fact and cannot be taken away. But we need to live in His present new covenant reality and not remain in a reality that has passed away because it was not designed to last.

We are not living in the Spirit of Sonship if we are tied to the law and model a Christian version of the Knowledge of good and evil. This mindset separates us from God and the One Spirit. Here we are workers and slaves which makes for forced and garbled ‘words’ purportedly from God. False prophecy does not usually come from bad people. But it can come from bad doctrine.


Some cultures are entirely bereft of spiritual discernment and gifts of knowledge. Living in a self-induced separation from God whether by choice or bad teaching they are reliant on human wisdom, gossip and soulish assumptions to steer their way through the schemes of the Enemy. I have known some church leaders to gain their assessment of an organization from the gossip and opinions expressed in the car on the way from the airport. These assumptions lack wisdom and revelation as well as grace. If we live from a culture of law it likely that we will make decisions on the basis of politics and judgmentalism. There is a reason why some cultures are short on grace and replete with criticism.

To be marinated in Christ is to be all that we can be and more. To live from the law, from formulations and performance is to neuter ourselves so that we are perpetually anaesthetized against kingdom spirit and life. Paul calls this culture
a body of death. The addition of Holy Spirit and the charismata to the law and old covenant is not the gospel of the Kingdom. It cannot be sustained and will not advance it. Kingdom life is our life in Father that brings the Spirit without limit.

Francois Du Toit writes,
Soul realm sources it's wisdom from information gathered and interpreted through the senses and filtered through the familiar avenues of our cultural, historical or personal references.

There is another source though! Supreme and so significant when one's ears begin to hear the whispers of spirit to spirit resonance - the Logic of a thought incarnate inside of you - a knowing that you are known, entirely- even from before time was- and that you are loved - unconditionally and very intentionally!

This understanding cuts like a two edged sword to the division of soul and spirit, ending the dominance of the sense realm and its neutralizing effect upon the human spirit. In this way man’s spirit is freed to become the ruling influence again in the thoughts and intentions of the heart.’

See Heb 4:12 in the
Mirror Bible.

Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever’ John 6.56-58 NIV.

Living from the old covenant leaves us sons notionally. Living in the new makes us sons in spirit and in truth. To see Jesus is to see yourself. To see yourself as a function of law or anything less than Jesus is to denude yourself of spirit and life. But this life is ours in abundance when we are alive because we eat Him!