YOU ARE A SON BECAUSE YOU HAVE A FATHER WHO LOVES YOU. Living in the fullness of Jesus we are rooted in Father. We are the expression of His being as daughters and sons. Here we are privy to His heart, His thought, His intentions for humanity and for the church. As Jesus did, we have the Spirit without limit because one with the trinity we have become united with life. As Jesus was life in Himself so connected to the trinity we have a channel of life that flows into ourselves and out to the world.
‘Jesus replied, "If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water’ John 4.10 NLT.
One with Father we live in more solidity and freedom than those who live religion and a mixture of law and the Spirit. In God, who is a spirit, our spirit is set free to perceive life and release it in radical ways and colossal amounts. The religious person distrusts spirit because it enlarges freedom and casts share on law. But sons of God live in spirit and life and are life-giving spirits come in the flesh.
RESPECTABILITY OF STAGNATION
Some of us have stagnated years ago. Even as Spirit filled Christians we are dormant and congealed in belief systems. Spirit shatters the boundaries of the letter, of flesh and of death to which we have accommodated ourselves in religion. Some of us call this darkness ‘holiness.’ It is ‘holy’ but only of the kind that is a string shopping bag! It holds no life. If we are appalled at books like The Shack or offended at books like Eve, we could do well to repent of religion because spirit has found us out! Good books and good teaching always assault the flesh. But in doing so they are an opportunity for another re-birth. Real spiritual growth is a concourse of re-births into evermore wholeness and freedom.
We can either unite ourselves with Jesus as He is or crucify Him with others when they speak undiluted spirit and life.
One with Father, Jesus spoke words of spirit and life. He was SPIRIT AND LIFE in person. He came among us to draw us into His life - the life He was enjoying with Father and the Spirit. Speaking with the insight of spirit and life, a theologian writes,
‘The relationship of Father, Son and Holy Spirit is the heart of the new testament and of creation itself.’ It is indeed.The habitation of the trinity in you is the life of the church and the new creation that comes in this power. Just as the trinity is the womb of all life so THE TRINITY IN YOU is the womb of the new creation Kingdom of God. New creation life comes entirely from the trinity. Non-life comes from the law, the old covenant and works of the letter. Pau warned that the letter kills because it does. So why do so many of us hide in the letter and tell ourselves it is sanctified? Attributing life-giving power to days and times, to items of attire, to food, behaviours, patterns of worship and observances is vain and fallacious. This is religious and in no way spiritual. It’s Adam making a pair of shorts out of animal skins.
Any effort of ours, no matter how sincere, is pointless without union with God. The anointing cannot be maintained without union and fades for lack of sustenance. The fivefold apostolic gifts are still-born without this rootedness in Father and become mere words and postures. Even the notion of the church and the Kingdom without the reality of incarnation are clouds without rain. We must live in union with Father to be sons in order to know God and experience our own glory. Here’s the good news. Our life in Christ does not consist of separation and attempts to earn acceptance with God. We are not separate. Even the sinner has been embraced by God. How much more they who have received Jesus as their own!
We are one with God by at-one-ment. Jesus’ new and living way is not a variation of the old way of separation and law. It’s not a thing where we now have Jesus to help us keep the law and be successful in ticking of religious lists. It’s not even ‘keeping close to Jesus.’ Who is with us and in us.
THE NEW WAY IS TOTALLY NEW. You can be done with your moribund law of sin and death. You are now joined to the Spirit of Life. This is a radical departure. It is His life as ours and His life with Father as our life in full. ‘Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set youfree from the law of sin and death’ Rom 8.1 NIV. J. Baxter Kruger says it well, ‘Jesus does not set the example of courage or faith or love and then command us to go and do likewise. He does not define joy and then tell us how to apply it to our lives. He does not give us ten steps to bring in the kingdom, or seven, ways to have a relationship with God like he has.
What Jesus does is far better and MORE SHOCKING, personal, and scary. Before he ever commands, he shares. He takes his own knowledge of his Father and shares it with us. He takes his own courage and love, his own faith and peace and joy, and shares them with us, and then commands us to live in them. "Peace I leave with you; my own peace. I do not give as the world gives. Therefore, let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. These things I have spoken to you that my joy may be in you, and your joy made be made full.’