There is no life in Christ apart from life in the Spirit. The truth of who the Father is, the truth of who we are in Christ, and the truth of His word is not just revealed by the Spirit, it is made real by the Spirit.
Think about this, in John 1:18 it says that no one has ever seen God, but Jesus, who is Himself God, He has made Him known. Now, what John is saying in this verse is that no one has understood the Father. But the Son has fully revealed Him because on the one hand all the fullness of deity dwells in Him (Colossians 2:9), and on the other He only spoke and acted from the Father’s perspective (John 5:19).
What this means for us today carries a little more implication because Jesus is no longer here. Neither is He living in our hearts. We are, however the dwelling place of God, but not by Christ…by the Spirit (Ephesians 2:22). Everything we are and have is from the Father and it is in Christ. But it is given by the Spirit for He (Holy Spirit) takes what is Christ’s and declares it to us. And everything that the Father has is Christ’s (John 16:14-15).
Considering this, is it possible that what we long for in terms of having more of God or being closer to Him has nothing to do with quantity or proximity, but rather of understanding? Is it possible that the quiet marginalization of faith within the Church, as well as the louder one from without, has nothing to do with times and seasons, but instead of the lack of embrace and surrender to the work of the Spirit?
I believe in times and seasons in regards to planting and harvesting, but not in regards to God moving or not moving. There is no such thing as God not moving. There is no such thing because there is no such thing as God not loving. And since love is always in action, and not merely in word or feeling, God is always in action. He is always moving by His Spirit. Therefore, since we have received this Spirit and live by Him, and He is always moving, we must learn to keep in step and move with Him (Galatians 5:25).
You see, our revelation of God–our intimacy with Him, His power at work within us, His power at work through us–is all by the Spirit. Indeed, our very identity and adoption is “by the Spirit”, for we have not been given the mere title of adoption, but the Spirit of adoption (Romans 8:15). So then, as I said last week, we will never understand and therefore live out our identity as the people of God until we learn to be a people of the Spirit of God.
It would be a tragedy to walk so closely alongside of our identity without ever truly walking in it. But when we don’t take radically the Spirit inside of us, that is exactly what we do. To not live by the Spirit is to be given adoption but still walk as an orphan. It is to be given identity and purpose but still wander and strive–strive for what is right here in front of us…right here inside of us.
It is time to take radically what is already here.