Religion is so very tiresome! It always has one working, doing, trying – often to attain what one already possesses! But, the life God offers is totally different; the God-kind of life is opposite to religion and is measured in unreasonable grace. The abundant life which I am referring to is not a ‘thing’ to be grasped, nor a philosophical concept to be adapted, but a spiritual treasure to be received. Christ’s own life, in fact. The Christian has received not an extension of life, or even a grace steroid to temporarily improve their lives, but he has received Christ’s very own life (Col. 3:4). Abundant life is God’s life, the Greek word used in John 10:10 for life is ζωή (zōē) which means the ‘absolute fullness of life…,which belongs to God’. It’s the same word used in John 3:16, Jesus came to give us abundant-everlasting life in the here and now!
God has given us this life because he desires for us to be free, in fact ‘it is for freedom that Christ has set us free’ (Gal. 5:1). Papa wants us totally and completely free; free from law, free from the systems of this world, free from sickness, free to be happy, free to be holy. Unfortunately, many hearing the promises of freedom; being free to be happy and holy, put themselves under law to attain or manage such freedom! This, friends, is not the answer. God’s heart is not the law, he wants us free from every external pressure, no matter if it’s addiction or rules! Law is not the medium to a holy life, in fact, what the law could not do, Christ did;
“For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh” (Romans 8:3-4)
The living Christ, not rules on a piece of paper or engraved on stones, is the answer, the way for us to be happy and holy. The law is impersonal, it cannot impart life, aid or power, but Jesus is personal, it is his very own life which ensures our freedom. Christ the person is the end of the system of law;
“For Christ is the end of the law, to give righteousness to every one that believes” (Romans 10:4 Jubilee Bible)
We, being free from law are to rest. We are to kick back and enjoy the provisions of grace, the exceedingly abundant riches of our inheritance. Rest is key for the believer, the key word under the Mosaic Covenant was ‘obedience’, the key word under the New Covenant is ‘receive’ interpreted ‘believe’ (Rom. 5:17). It is as we receive the abundant provision and believe in Papa’s goodness that we manifest the holy nature God has deposited inside of us. As we rest (Heb. 4:11), sit on Papa’s knee and receive his love, we display holiness and find ourselves truly happy! The abundant life is the very same life of Christ, which is your life (Col. 3:4). It’s the zōē life. This life, not the law is your inheritance. If you feel you have a deficiency in your life, perhaps you are tuned into the wrong frequency? Perhaps, you are tuned into AM (Accusation Ministries), rather than FM (Freedom Ministries)? Make sure you are listening to grace, the voice of the Spirit. Silence any voice which is based on the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ (Col. 2:8). Only dance to the music of grace.
Christianity isn’t a lifelong process of becoming like Jesus! Please! Give the Spirit of the Living God some credit! When you became a Christian you were baptized into the very death of Jesus (Rom. 6), you became a sharer in his resurrection (Eph. 1:20); you are now seated with him in heavenly places (Eph. 2:6). You are dead to sin! Sin no longer lives within you, the Spirit of God does. You are alive to God (Col. 2:13), you have his righteousness on the inside (2 Cor. 5:21). You have unlimited access to holiness. Our Spirits are holy; we contain all that God is. If you were 1% more holy, you would be more holy than most holy God. ‘Why then do I sin?’, you ask. Because you have bought into a lie which says you are still a sinner, which says you are in a progressive state of becoming like Jesus, which says you are not complete and need the law to improve you. It is this rubbish, these lies which keep the body of Christ in bondage. The truth is you are complete. Now, walk by the Spirit, don’t live just according to the five senses, or the systems of this world, but live conscious of the indwelling Spirit. Live aware of the fact that you are a new creation (2Cor. 5:17), enjoy the love of Papa.
“(16) This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh… (22-25) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:16-25).
So, stop! Stop trying, stop examining, stop doubting. Not that you have to stop, but you might as well… Let’s enter the rest of Christ. Let’s believe in the power of the cross and receive the riches of our inheritance. Start! Start resting, start believing, start receiving. Most of this comes down to listening to Jesus in John 15 and abiding in him. Jesus says that we are the branches and he is the vine. Since when do branches produce fruit? They don’t, they simply bear fruit. Most believers are living their lives like constipated branches, trying to produce and push out holiness. This is both silly and contrary to the life of our design. We are to rest in Christ. We live in him! Now settle down and enjoy being at home. Anytime we get up off of Daddy’s knee we cease to be in faith. True faith is when we keep receiving Papa’s love, through whatever circumstance keep sat on his knee receiving his kisses.
Let’s be people who demonstrate accurate Christianity! Let’s be receivers. Daddy God desires that we enjoy our lives, that we are free. Free from law, sin, disease. Free to be happy and holy. Christianity is not working for a pay cheque, it is sitting under a tree opening presents (Rom. 11:16). It’s an eternal vacation. Start enjoying your vacation and see holiness manifest!
By Josh Hunt