Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Christ Is The Christian Practice



What is the practice of Christianity? How can we express our faith in Christ Jesus? What should we now that we are save? Many Christian leaders have lunched out into the Bible, searching for the answer to this questions. Like hunters hunting for meat they thoroughly look into every corner of the Bible. And they have come up with a lot of assumption. Some concluded that Christians should be occupied reading the Bible and practicing certain rituals and ceremony as we try to live right. Another conclude that Christians should focus on reading Bible, praying and attending to church services. Yet another added that Christians should also focus on evangelism because Jesus had given us the commission of evangelizing the world. And some also stress the importance of living holy.
All these things seem virtues but they are not the true Christian practice. Yes reading Bible is Good but the early Christian didn't have a Bible except for the books of the Old Testament which was very limited in copy. And our concept of holiness is very carnal. Our doctrinal frame for what holiness is and how to be holy is altogether carnal. Even what we call the great commission is not the great commission, it is not what is in the center of God's heart. Oh, that we may know God and know what He truly desire the most. The concept of Christian practice to a carnal man is different from that of a spiritual man. But many Christians are carnal, so they look at Christian practice through the eyes of a carnal man. As a result they come up with a lot of carnal tradition, practices and rituals.
The question is, are we suppose to have practices in that sense? What is the root of traditions and moral practices? I would say it is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Yes, everything carnal comes from that tree. The carnal man only knows how to live by the knowledge of good and evil. Our concept of holiness is nothing but a product of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The carnal man always need a laid down methods and practices for him to be able to live each day. And in the absence of that he just don't know what to do.
This is the reason why Christians put so much effort in discovering the true Christian practice; they need to know how to live as Christians, they need to know what to do and what not to do, they need to know how to handle this situation or that situation and in fact they can't live without these knowledge. As a result they rush to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they us the Bible as a means to get to the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and with the knowledge of good and evil they construct the seemingly right and acceptable Christian practices. This is how the spiritually dead people live but this way of living is not meant for those who have been impacted with the Life from above. The spiritual man is meant to live by the Spirit.
"The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8).
The above Scripture implies that the life of a spiritual man seems to be unpredictable - "you hear the sound of the wind, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes." You see the spiritual man doing things but you can't see what cause him to do it or why he is even doing it. He doesn't do it simply because it is a tradition or a prescribed norm. He doesn't do it because it is written in a book (like the Bible) or because it is embodied in a doctrine. But his practice is totally spiritual. Another scripture about the spiritual man says: "no one can properly discern or appraise or get an insight into him." (1Cor 2:15 AMP). The spiritual man seem not to have a laid down way of doing things, in fact he doesn't have a tradition. He is governed by a law that is spiritual, a law hidden from the natural eyes. The Bible calls this law; "the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus" (Rom 8:2). Yes, the spiritual man live by the Life and not by the knowledge of good and evil.
The spiritual man act base on the impulses and instincts of the life of Christ in him. This is the true Christian practice. A tradition of living by the life of Christ in us, a practices of responding to the spiritual impulses and instincts, and a doctrine of learning to live by the life. So the meaning of practice and tradition to a carnal man is different from that to a spiritual man. Practice and tradition in the old creation is different from practice and tradition in Christ - the new creation. But we must be able to tell the difference between the two and the difference is simply life and death. Look at how dead our Christian practice is, we keep doing the same thing over and over again with no life. And how we try to fuel it with religious enthusiasm but yet, life is still missing. We need to become spiritual, yes we need to return to the true Christian tradition and practice. We became born again in order to have Christ life in us and we are call to practice this Christ in us. 

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