What Counts is a New Creation


Christ our life is the essence of the new testament age and the reality of the Kingdom. This is the gospel of the kingdom as opposed to the gospel of the gospel.
Should we have been socialised into a religious life or a church life; should we have been conditioned by the letter institutionalised as the church; should we have come to the view that loving Jesus is living from the knowledge of good and evil with His help, we may well be mystified by the notion of Christ as our life.

Christ our life is the essence of the new testament age and the reality of the Kingdom. This is the gospel of the kingdom as opposed to the gospel of the gospel.

His church is the manifestation of Himself as the people. Anything new covenant is antithetical to institutionalism. Anything old covenant is opposed to the the Spirit of Christ writ large. Yet the new creation church is more real, more alive, more potent and more Kingdom than any construction of the letter and tradition. Old covenant institutionalism and burocracy is the equivalent of Paul’s ‘this body of death.’ Jesus expressed as His people is His resurrected body writ large and the ‘Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord.’

‘What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?’ Rom 7.24 NIV.

‘Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!’ Rom 7.25 NIV.


Christ our life is union with God. It is a relationship, a culture, the Kingdom of God and the new creation. Jesus is life and that life is the light of all. All that is alive and free of the hallows of death is found in Jesus. Not only is He life but He is the resurrection of all that is sallow and dead. It’s an embarrassment to be with a person who delivers saw-dust when they think it is life. Yet this is what some do, even those who label themselves as Spirit-filled – because while the dove is on their head their feet are in the mud of the old covenant.

Anyone can participate in and multiply this life. One need not hive-off by oneself. One or two people who choose to
live Christ as their life where they are will be yeast and mustard seed. Where there is a hunger for Jesus such yeast will transform the whole lump.

Jesus was out to bring all humanity into the freshness of the infinite life of God. Nevertheless there were those whose attraction to the mystery of iniquity was greater then the mystery of Godliness. He said, ‘Let the dead bury their dead.’ People choose death because they have been lied to. Because they have been deceived. Because they are obstinate and because they are tied to gods of their own. With some these gods are their money and possessions. With others their gods are their ideas, their mind-sets and their religious assumptions. Those whose god is religion are in the deepest deception because they have made godliness out of themselves and and their identity. But we have one Father who is God, one Husband who is Christ and one Spirit who binds us to Jesus and each other by the One Spirit.

‘I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him’ 2 Cor 1.1-2 NIV.

Religion is the attempt to fill the absence of God with something of ourselves. Or it is the accommodation of ourselves to ourselves with a passivity towards Christ. This can range from the worship of stone idols, the worship of materialism and wealth or the worship of doctrines and institutions that we imagine confer on us some importance with men and some purchase with God. But it dulls the spirit.

More subtle in a church setting is our labour in the flesh and the attempt to simulate the life and presence of God with human effort. More subtle still is the opiate of religion that stupefies and inures us to the presence or absence of Jesus and the sharpness of the Holy Spirit. We cannot help but

Don’t expect to discern between religion and Kingdom, flesh and Spirit if we have looked for strength in networks, associations, hierarchies and names. The word of God in the following scripture should be understood as the living words of God, the Spirit of Christ with revelation and discernment.

‘For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart’ Heb 4.12 NIV.


In the middle ages huge cathedrals were built that hoped to created a sense of God. But God was not in the building or in the soaring architecture. He was in Himself and those who believed in His name. In this age He is not among us because we have the best worship band and the most talented worship leaders. He does not come because we did an hour of praise and worship. He came at Pentecost. Praising God may draw us out of our flesh. But He is never in externals. He lives in you!

In this age God lives in you. He has come in our flesh. He lives in us. He came in the Spirit at Pentecost. The feature of this age is Christ multiplied. Christ multiplied in all who believe because He has come to live in the being of the Believer. He lives in you.
Today He is not found in things we do. He is found in who we are – the daughters and sons who host His presence. This is not to ruin anyone’s joy in praise and worship services. I am stating that He is here on account of nothing we do. He is in us because of what He has done. He is here because He came at Pentecost and has not gone away. He has come in your flesh. He is incarnate in your being.

‘This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God’ 1 John 4.2 NIV.

Anything that is not Jesus is iniquity. Iniquity is the multiplication of death in any form. Such death seldom appears as a stench. It occurs as lifelessness, rivers of sand, departed glory, inertia and lack of discernment.

Iniquity is the most insidious when promoted as religion because what is represented as godliness has the opposite effect. It denies life. A sad prostitution of the gospel of the Kingdom is the attempt to manufacture godliness by holding out the prize of heaven. Forget the dubious motive apparent. It has no power to transform our lives. But more appalling than this is the attempt to evoke righteousness and stiffen our resistance to evil with the fear of hell. Such a ploy is as far from the Kingdom as Sydney is from Perth. It betrays a parlous and and entirely religious, ‘worksy’ mode of existence that is bankrupt of life.

There is a way. There is one way and it is the new and living way. It is Christ your life, Christ in you and His person, light and glory transfused into your being on a day to day basis. Thus heaven has come to earth because you are here!
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