I can say with certainty that those through whom Jesus lives as savior and God are vastly different to people who merely live in Christianity.
How are we the new creation? By creating and restoring life in Jesus' name.
I’ve seen some things during my life. I have seen the rising of the Son of God with healing in His wings. I have seen people healed instantly in my presence. I know men and women who spread the life of God. They represent the Kingdom of God with authority. I know people in whom Jesus lives. I can say with certainty that those through whom Jesus lives as savior and God are vastly different to people who merely live in Christianity. I don’t say this to offend. Just to note that there is a difference between a dead tree and a living one.
Since Jesus is the resurrection and life, those in whom He lives by the Spirit really do exude life without measure. They are more hopeful, more confident, and less plagued by fear. There is an atmosphere of potential around them because they represent an open door through which infinity gleams like a beacon.
A Christian leader coined the term ‘the unbelieving believer’ to describe those who have made a faith out of all the things they think God cannot do today. Like heal the sick, raise the dead and cast out demons through the hands of His people. Strangely these leafy but fruitless trees hold the Bible as their guide yet deny that the supernatural content of this book – the core of all that is written there - has any relevance to today. Signs of God’s Presence and power are for the past or somewhere else, they say. But not in the their church where they are fastened onto the process of doing church. Really? So what does this mean?
‘I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father’ John 14.12 NIV.
Having denied the presence and power of God in their lives many make religion out of religion. This is to say they try to weave a life out of morality, doctrine and lack of imagination. They do this while denying that Jesus has come in the flesh. I mean come in the flesh by the Holy Spirit to empower those who take him literally at His word.
‘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.
One of the loopiest assertions I have encountered is that the writings of C.S. Lewis are influenced by the occult. Such silly allegations can get made against anything whose radical life-giving nature places it outside a religious box – like the book The Shack.
Those who make such claims can be so encased in religion and so separated from Christ’s revelation that they are bold enough to deny the witness of Jesus in the flesh of a fellow believer. The life of Jesus is released through people to bring resurrection and light. Its advance is inevitable and it will overcome the world. Since Jesus rose from the dead, the resurrection of all things dead is assured and death is being swallowed up by life.
‘When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory’ 1 Cor 15.24 NIV.
Two thirds of the gospel account is taken up with Christ’s struggle with the teachers of the law. That’s for a reason. Today, as then, there are ‘Biblically literate’ people who know neither their Bible or the power of God. There are others whose ears itch for ever more teaching. Some look upwards and exclaim. ‘O how I love the church!’ But they have no hunger for Jesus. There are those who are for Christianity. It’s just that they can’t stand Jesus. Why? Sated on junk food they have eyes that never see and ears that do not hear. But there are others whose hearts are soft towards God. Their eyes see His light and their ears hear His voice and their lips speak His words of life.
‘For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit’ John 3.34 NIV.
The Way that is Jesus may be narrow but it is not limited. To live in Jesus as a captive to His Person is to be at large in a room without limit and infinite with possibility. With Christ as our life and in union with Him we are delivered from foolishness even when we appear to be fools for Him. We are living in the days of the rise of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. At Easter we can remember that the reviled will rise again and judgment will be given in favour of the saints.
‘The Ancient of Days came and pronounced judgment in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came when they possessed the kingdom’ Dan 7.22 NIV.
‘The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever’ Rev 11.15 NIV.