THE MEDIATION OF CHRIST AS YOU
Religion is not life and can only ever be a pseudo-representation of our inheritance in Christ.
IT’S NOT ADAM/MOSES RE-INVIGORATED
Jesus did not represent religion. He took it to the cross and it crucified it with Adam. What we have in the resurrected Jesus is His life as ours. Jesus is not mediating the law into our person. He is mediating Himself from His position within your being. This is life in the Spirit. Life in the law plus ‘the gifts’ is not life in the Spirit. It’s life in Adam. Your real self and your real life is Christ your life.
Learn to avoid convoluted teaching that maintains the fall disguised as the your religion. It originates in the spirit of antichrist.
‘I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist’ 2 John 1.7 NIV.
Here John is telling us that Christ comes by the Spirit to manifest Himself in you. Actually it’s more than ‘in you’. It’s Jesus expressing Himself as you. This is what the Lord’s Table and incarnation is all about. Deceiver’s will tell you that the law is meant to come in your flesh - with Jesus’ help of course. But this is an inversion of the cross and an annulment of the incarnation.
Jesus offers us life without limit. He is life and when we are in Him, so are we. We are life. We are alive in His spirit and life. But if we are formed in the law we can be no more alive in spirit than a statue of you is alive. I have observed people minister in this mode. They have no awareness that they are dead folks talking because without spirit and life we cannot see or hear Kingdom reality.
You can do better than exist as a human animal. You can live as who you are. A life giving spirit and son of God. Some people live to survive. Others live to extract the marrow out of life. THEY LIVE IN ABUNDANCE. Jesus came to gift us the latter. Yet many live in survival mode when they actually possess life without limit. They have this life in God that is unlimited, yet they seek Godliness in doing what they think are god things. This is a most subtle delusion.
It’s amazing to me that religion can infer that we can become godly through rites, observances and behaviours. It’s more simple than that. We become Godly through sharing in the being of God. This was our pre-fall status. It’s our post cross status. This is the accomplishment of the cross, the resurrection and Pentecost. We are part of God and He is part of us. This is our life in Jesus. Jesus pointed us to this truth. He said,
‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20. This realization is the difference between imparting religion and advancing the Kingdom Jesus began.
Religion via religious rites and behaviours is always religion and never spirituality - even if commonly mistaken as such. Spirituality is always the effect of union with God. Spirituality is John 14.20. Jesus had it in spades because He was one with Father. Now we have it too. In Jesus we have spirit and life. This is spirituality in spirit and in truth.
In a recent movie one of the characters says, ‘People who are deluded easily believe illusions.’ A common delusion among Believers is that we are separated from God and that we do religion in order to overcome this separation. The fact is though that in Jesus, we and our Father are one.
NEW AND LIVING WAY
So we are saying that we can attempt Godliness by becoming a human doing. The fundamentalist may pick five things on which to concentrate. Or fifty-five. The liberal my stick to generalities and do two (Just saying). Both are misguided. Church going, Sabbath keeping, and religious clothing have no bearing on godliness, although the way we treat people does, as does the way we treat ourselves. This alerts us to the fact that Godliness is connected to relationship and not to abstractions, legalisms and externalities. This is why Godliness is in John 14.20 (above) and never in the law and associated observances.
To be Godly is to be human in the best way. As our best self we are sons and daughters of God in spirit and in truth. We can attempt this by adhering to propositions, which is the way of legalism or we can embrace the new and living way which is Christ’s life as ours. Quite simply we become a Godly because Christ becomes us. We are alive because His life is our life and we are His Spirit and life. We are sons not notionally, not positionally and not in the letter that kills – but in reality which is to ‘be’ sons in spirit and in truth.
* Living from a belief system we are usually unaware of just how un-alive we are.