Believers can spend their lives hobbled to the first part of life because they have not been born again. Being born again means moving from the old covenant to the new. It means going to a new level - from workers to sons of God. This is the state of being spoken of by John when he wrote, ‘Now we are the sons of God.’ ‘This now means better than before. Much better. The difference between life and death better. This is an advance on being religious functionaries to the privilege of union with the Holy Family in spirit and in truth. It really is spirit and in truth. No bogus or religious huff and puff. Our union is Jesus Himself. We are in Christ, therefore in God and manifesting as ourselves in the world as daughters and sons. Here’s the thing: If we are busy earning sonship we are not genuine sons and cannot minister in the spiritual power of the sons of God. If we are living where God has positioned us - in Himself, all we do is filled with His spirit and life. Why? Because we are spirit and life. ‘This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit’ 1 John 4.13 NIV. We are born again when we step into the new covenant of Christ our life. The new birth is not the rejection of a bad morality and the adoption of a good one. That’s religion. The new birth is that Christ becomes our life. Our Adam life has been done to death. Our sons of God life is now ours in our resurrection with Christ. ‘He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit’ Titus 3.5 NIV. It’s amazing that so many of us imagine that we can minister the kingdom when we have not been born again. Or that we think we have been born again when we are living inadvertently in pre-cross mode. Jesus tells us clearly that if we have not been born again we ‘cannot see’ and ‘know the Kingdom of God.’ Of course we can think we have be born again. Have we not accepted Christ? Have we not laid down our old bad deeds and taken up good ones? Have we not joined the army of the pure in the war against sexual immorality? But here’s the second thing: Accepting Christ as a construct is not receiving Him. But embracing His life as yours is. The former maintains and promotes religion as the culture of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The latter sees you killed in that tree with the Christ. Killed in Jesus, yet risen as a new person, a new creation in His life. There’s no religious convolutions in this. Just ask Jesus to be your life. AT LAST Norman could not understand Paul’s description of life in the Spirit in Romans Eight. If we are locked into self-vindication and demonstrating our worth to God we will not ‘see’ the reality that is Christ. We cannot ‘know’ Him as our life and as the Spirit that envelops us and certifies us as belonging with the Heavenly Family. Until we do we are not sons in spirit and in truth and are not competent to minister the Kingdom of God. To live from the law and religion is to annul Christ’s life as ours. It is to say I can make myself acceptable to God by living a good life - of course ‘with your help Lord.’ But the fact is we cannot. Even with His help. Once we realise that ‘we just can’t do this’ we are in a good place. And Jesus exclaims, ‘At last. Now I’ll be able to do something with you!’ When we have arrived at the place where we are nothing and can do nothing of eternal worth we are in the position to choose all of Christ as our own. I have hinted at this many times before. If we are still contained in the law, still working to gain acceptance with God, still climbing Jacob’s ladder - we have not been born again. We are still with old Adam trying to be godly - slaves of Satan’s ruse and captive in his noose. TOUGH LOVE No old covenant Believer is born again. (Actually we are in Christ but not in our minds). And being in this position we cannot know God or know ourselves for who we truly are. We remained sheathed in religion, separated from what is ours - our union with God. Prisoners of false doctrine we are imprisoned by our minds - stillborn, stalemated, stale and retarded in limited development. We are outside the Kingdom and outside our inheritance as sons of God in spirit and in truth. In this ‘other gospel,’ we are not competent to minister the Kingdom of God because we have not entered the realm of Kings. We remain in the poor soil and limitation of the first half of existence - the old state of Adam’s separation from God, yet trying to ‘be as gods’ and getting nowhere. Do you realised that we can develop entire system’s based on lifelessness? NEW CREATION LIFE The new covenant is the realm of the sons of God realised and in action. It consists of those who are alive in their inheritance of union with Father and doing instinctively what Father and Jesus are doing. Doing what they were born to do and doing it filled with spirit and life because we are the expression of our Father. ‘Jesus gave them this answer: "Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does’ John 5.19 NIV. You and Father are one when Jesus is your life. The genius of this union is that you are one with God yet autonomous as you. Yet fulfilling the plan and purpose of your life in the minute and in the season. But some never step into this. They wander in confusion trying this and trying that when all they need - the infinite life of God is within them. Wedded to their identity in their denominational culture they are unable to participate in the banquet of life that heaven has provided through Jesus Christ. These Believers are going to heaven. But they are going as slaves, worker and beasts of burden - not in the fullness of spirit and life that is their nature as sons of God. Why? Because they will not leave father and mother and follow Jesus. This scripture is brutal in its relevance to the new birth and our growth to maturity as sons of God rather than as sons of the slave woman. ‘Anyone who prefers father or mother to me is not worthy of me. Anyone who prefers son or daughter to me is not worthy of me. Anyone who does not take up his cross and follow in my footsteps is not worthy of me’ MATt 14:37–39. Richard Rohr writes, ‘Perhaps it has never struck you how consistently the great religious teachers and founders leave home, go on pilgrimage to far-off places, do a major turnabout, choose downward mobility; and how often it is their parents, the established religion at that time, spiritual authorities, and often even civil authorities who fight against them.’ Speaking to the scripture above he observes, ‘They make very clear that there is a necessary suffering that cannot be avoided, which Jesus calls “losing our very life,” or losing what I and others call the “false self.” Your false self is your role, title, and personal image that is largely a creation of your own mind and attachments. It will and must die in exact correlation to how much you want the Real. “How much false self are you willing to shed to find your True Self?” is the lasting question.’ YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN The ‘suffering that cannot be avoided’ and this ‘losing your life to find your real life’ is a necessity if we are to reign as kings - our genuine selves rather than be subordinate to the world in our false selves. Not only is this the only way of coming into our glory as sons. It is the only way that can competently be a son and minister life to the Kingdom of Sons. Unless we are willing to separate ourselves from the first life we can never enter our inheritance in the second life - our new covenant life in the spirit of sonship. Here’s the truth about the sons and daughters of God and our competence to minister the Kingdom of God. ‘Your True Self is who you objectively are from the beginning, in the mind and heart of God, “the face you had before you were born.” It is your substantial self, your absolute identity, which can be neither gained nor lost by any technique, group affiliation, morality, or formula whatsoever. The surrendering of our false self, which we have usually taken for our absolute identity, is merely a relative identity. But it is the necessary suffering needed to find “the pearl of great price” that is always hidden inside this lovely but passing shell.