The new covenant is not ‘Now I see how much God loves me so I will not do anything to displease Him.’ That’s works and anyhow, we are not that good and neither do we love Him that much! The new covenant is Christ in you, Christ as you
We are most alive when we are immersed in the River of Life. This river is a person and is in fact the person of God. In the natural, rivers flow as a result of a cycle. We have rain as drizzle, downpours in thunderstorms, passing showers and what my Mum used to call ‘spitting’ rain. There’s a cycle. It rains. The sun evaporates the water from puddles, pools, lakes and rivers. Moisture collects as clouds. Moisture in the clouds condense as rain and the cycle starts again. Life also flows in the spiritual. Timothy Jennings MD writes,
“The lifeblood of an animal is, naturally, its physical blood. The lifeblood of the economy is money; of an appliance, electricity. But the lifeblood of the universe is love, which flows from God through Christ to all creation and back to God
through Christ again. This is God's design template. This is the blueprint on which humanity was created to operate!”
This is why an economic system based on private selfishness will never produce public well-being. Laisses-faire and evolution are expressions of selfishness. The notion that the creation appeared as a result of the survival of the fittest - predatory selfishness - is as mean as it is fallacious. The creation was born in the love of the trinity. It was renewed in the person of Christ.
‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!’ 2 Cor 5.17 NIV.
There is always a flow of life where Christ is present. God is the alpha and omega. In the trinity life flows between all three. This is why we have Christ our life and not ourselves as our life. In law, religion and all performance regimes where we are obsessed with doing good or habituated to avoid the bad - we are focused on ourselves. So we cannot be multipliers of life. When we try to love because loving is the right thing to do, we are in old covenant mode and we do not love very well. At best we can manage cold love. We are best at love when Christ is our love, loving through us because He is incarnated in us. He is our life and we grow in doing that which comes naturally from the Family of Heaven residing within.
The new covenant is not ‘Now I see how much God loves me so I will not do anything to displease Him.’ That’s works and anyhow, we are not that good and neither do we love Him that much! The new covenant is Christ in you, Christ as you. We are incapable of consistently loving and doing the good. But in Christ we are agents of His love. In Him we are graced to love ourselves and others.
‘Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them’ John 6.56 NIV.
This is why the old covenant could not work. It is why the law as a way had to be abandoned for a new way called the living way - a way in which we were absorbed into the fellowship of the trinity, made part of the family of God and made participants in their love and their life so that we could become life-sharers, life multipliers and life-giving spirits ourselves.
‘For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive’ 1 Cor 15.22 NIV.
The fruit of the law is judgment because we feel compelled to make ourselves appear better than others while others must be made to appear worse than ourselves. This is the source of much church gossip and slander. The law never heals. It fragments and destroys. I have known people come into the Spirit. But they were never delivered from the law and as a result never transitioned from the old covenant into the new. Consequently their hearts remained unhealed and their soul fractured and cracked. They became a danger to themselves and a pain to others because they lived in the self-centeredness of judgment rather than in the grace and freedom of life. Only in Christ are we made alive with love, peace and joy. We are capable of loving ourselves, of ministering the love of God to others because Christ is in us and we are His manifest presence in the world. All things are possible in Him.
‘And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them’ 1 John 4.16 NIV.