There is an I AM of God and an I am of you. There is the gospel of the Kingdom and fanciful distortions of it. I wonder if any of you at one time in your life, absorbed the idea that God was austere or even mean – that although God was God He was not a very nice person. But seeing that He was God, you had to ‘like Him’ in the Great Facebook of the Universe. To you, He was God. But not a God to which you were drawn in a compelling way. I had a dream once that I believe came from the Lord. A room of people were all trying to please a ‘head-master god.’ Well. God is not like that. God is like Jesus. In fact to see Jesus is to our Father.
FACT OR FICTION
God is either ‘I AM’ or a figure made up by individuals and denominations. There is one way to know God and God’s achievements for us. This is the Jesus lens. This lens is the Christ of God and never a self-constructed christ or the christ of another gospel. There is one gospel and it is THIS GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM. We know God in Jesus Christ.
There is a real Jesus and a self-constructed religious jesus. The former is the Christ of God. The latter is a false christ. Our capacity to distort even the Christ of God is why we have been gifted His Person to live in us and with us in a continuous self revelation wrought by the trinity for our enlightenment. Christ in you is the guarantee of spirit and truth. Any addition or subtraction from Him is adulterates His revelation and leeches us of His life. A LESSER GOD
Many Believers have been indoctrinated to believe in a god of law rather than a God of love. The two are incompatible and never a unity. One distributes judgment and death. The other infinite life.
The Bible says ‘God is love.’ But what many of us believe is that ‘God is performance.’ The fact is however, that when we have seen Jesus we have seen the Father and we have seen love. Jesus was God’s love walking about in Palestine. Jesus was God on the cross drawing us in to Himself. Pentecost was God coming to live in us and reveal Himself to us from within. Today Jesus is God’s love walking about in those for whom Jesus is their life by the Spirit.
‘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.
GOD’S TRUTH JESUS
Jesus promised that we would never be orphans and that He would be with us forever. Since Jesus is mediated to us by the Holy Spirit we are bathed in His presence – which means we are bathed in the presence of the Father. Much is made of going up to the mountain of the Lord. There is a sense in which we advance and ascend from glory to glory. Yet the mystery of Christ in us means that the Mountain of the Lord is inside us. God is never somewhere else. We are His portable temples. Nevertheless people can become side-tracked by cunningly devised fables. Joseph Prince in The Power of Right Believing, puts it this way.
‘Today many believers come before Him with apprehension and trepidation, presenting their failings to Him and quickly leaving before they get the punishment and condemnation they think they rightly deserve from Him. They perceive Him, exclusively as a God of holiness, judgment, and justice, His face steely and stern, His mighty arms folded in dissatisfaction and disapproval. They see a God who is easily displeased, quick to anger, perpetually disappointed with them, and waiting impatiently to be placated. This wrong belief of who God really is has driven many into fear, guilt, depression, and insecurity.’ WITHERED BRANCHES
Not only does this view of God cripple our ability to display the joy of being loved in His love. We become like this ourselves – critical, demanding, inflexible and judgmental. When we proof text the verse ‘laws written on our hearts,’ the law really does live there. But not to our benefit. We become a manifestation of religion.
We are what we eat. This is why Jesus said, ‘Those who eat me will live because of me.’ Our view of God makes us what we are – striving and unhappy (for god of course), a pious pill living from some denominationally defined ‘holiness’ or a spirit-filled person with a spasmodic gifting living in separation from God. All of the above result from our imagined separation from God arising from our misguided old covenant believing. An attachment to the law reveals that we do not understand God or what He has made us to be in Jesus.
‘For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions’ 1 Tim 1.6,7 NIV.
IN YOU AND WITH YOU
Love, life and joy come from the Father. Love is a person: Jesus. By resting in His love, this love soaks into our spirit and we become love and joy. By living, moving and having our being in the Father, where we are truly at home and truly loved we flourish in freedom and joy. We become lovers of life and lovers of people. Because Christ is our life we are a life-giving spirit.
‘So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit’ 1 Cor 15.45 NIV.
Law is a kill-joy because it is not the natural source of your being. The Father is your Father. The Father is ultra-person, ultra love and ultra-life. He is Spirit and He makes us sons. You’ve heard of ‘dumbing down.’ If you live in law/performance you will dull-down everything you touch. You will be driven to categorize and systematize every spirit flame that comes your way – which is why Paul asserted that the letter kills. Only the Spirit gives life. The Spirit is the Spirit of Christ who binds us to God in the Spirit of Sonship.
‘Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life’ 1 John 5.12 NIV. Ensure that your Father is Father God and that you Christ is God’s Son.