It is impossible to know the gospel of the Kingdom without an experience of the supernatural. This like hoping to understand water when we have no idea of ‘wet.’
‘Heal the sick who are there and tell them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you' Luke 10.9 NIV.
It is unlikely that one can know much of God without Holy Spirit, and know Him as He is unless one lives in the Spirit as a daughter or a son. And has the gift that was promised and now is: The Presence of the Spirit of Christ in us and with us. These are not manufactured stipulations. They are obvious points made by the scripture that testifies of Him. Jesus has promised to be with you and in you and teach you all things concerning Himself and your relationship to Him.
To define Father as being obsessed with law is a great slander against His nature. God cannot be known through the law or through religion. Law is not His nature and religion is not His preoccupation. Love is His essence and love is realized and made known in the person of God’s Son. This is why Christ comes to live in us and why He alone is the hope and the reality of glory. All lesser things are dung and refuse.
‘Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ’ Phil 3.8 NIV.
We win Christ by refusing to live in anything that is not Him. This does not mean we are hermits or some kind of ascetic recluse. And one need not be peculiar. But we do need to live out of Him instead of out of our stuff. And it is not some feat of perseverance and discipline to win Christ. He has won us. He, Holy Spirit and Father have come to live in us for two reasons. They live to draw us into their life and they desire to share our life. This is to say that in one sense we can be a God-Chaser, and in another sense we are chased, pursued and desired because the Holy Family desire to be be part of us.
We can make a life out of dung and call this god. Many do - and the Enemy is laughing while the world is floundering. Denuded of the authority, power and life that is Christ, we are left with an experience of His absence. This is an absence that we call church but is really ourselves in some religious stance. It is the industry that we might call Christianity minus the incarnation and the Spirit of Christ. Here we stand impotent outside the new covenant and lacking any genuine anointing by the Spirit of Jesus. So we commit ourselves to system maintenance and institutional perpetuation or a gospel of Bible studies and personal religion. But Kingdom means King, authority, power and transformation. The gospel of the Kingdom means superordinate hegemony and universality.
Christ is either our life or the things are - the stuff of our busyness or the motions of religion - the things we do fill the place of His absence with ourselves. There is one word for this: Futility. But futility can make us ravenous for the fullness of Christ and the potency of His indwelling.
‘For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory’ Col 3.3,4 NIV.
This glory is ours today. Eternal life is to be lived today. Eternal life is Christ your life now and lived beyond the grave at the never ending banquet of the Lord’s Table. Eternal life entered you when you received Jesus. This infinite life grows in you day by day so that your life in your carnal self become less and your life in your real self as a son/daughter becomes more. You live this life continuously in grace, liberated from an obsession with your past, your progress and you’re your current deficits. By grace and the Spirit you are free to be you and advance the Kingdom as the self you are in Jesus. You live in Christ who is your life and your grace. Christ your life is multiplied in you and yours. He has positioned you in Himself and He lives in you. Thus in the Spirit you are with Him in heaven and He is in you in your daily routine on earth. How cool is that?! How can any of our living be routine when heaven lives in us? We have this adventure called ‘Christ our life’ every day.