The Purpose of this series is to unveil the basis law of the reality in Christ. The Christian life is a reality in Christ, and if we are to live in Christ we must understand the laws governing this new realm. Here we would discuss the law of source and essence. It is so important we grasp this law because a lot of the errors we are having in Christianity is as a result of ignorance of this law. Once we understand this law then we would be able to put things in there proper place, even as we build on spiritual knowledge.
All things Christians has its original form or essence in spirit. Yes, everything about Christianity is spirit, it originates from the spirit and its original form is spirit. Righteousness is spirit in essence, it is not a physical act, holiness, prosperity, faith, healing, and so on, they are all spirit in there original essence. Prosperity is not when you have money, it is a thing in the spirit. The in-Christ reality is a reality in the spirit. It is not a reality in the flesh. Yet these spirit things becomes flesh. God is originally spirit, but he became flesh in Christ. No, God is not flesh, just because you see him in the flesh doesn't mean he is flesh, he only became flesh.
If you became something that means you are not originally that thing. The origin, the starting point of anything in Christ is spirit. Now, there are Christians who become so overwhelmed by the manifestation of the reality of Christ in the flesh that they begin to think it is a thing of the flesh. As such they subject these things to the flesh; they subject Christ to the flesh. Yes, anything that is in Christ is also Christ, just as anything on earth is earth. The soil is earth, the rock is called earth, even the skin of living organism is earth (it is made of fine dust), the bone has the same material as the rock, they are all earth. They all came out of the earth, as such they are the earth.
"And *the earth brought forth* grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind... Then God said, *“Let the earth bring forth the living creature* according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so." (Gen 1:12,24).
"And the Lord God *formed man of the dust* of the ground... And *out of the ground the Lord God made every tree* grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food." (Gen 2:7,9).
Everything we see on earth came out of the ground, even the inventions of man where made out of materials from the ground. So also, every reality in Christ is constituted of the Christ. They are made out of materials that is Christ, as such they are Christ in essence. Now, this Christ is the God who is spirit becomes flesh. This means that the original state of anything in Christ is spirit. Water under normal (room) temperature is liquid, the original state of water is liquid. If anybody is asked to define water, they would say water is a liquid substance. However, water can also become solid or even gaseous.
Yes, it can become solid or gaseous, nevertheless if we are to describe water we tend to describe it as a liquid substance. This is because liquid is its originally form. It would be wrong to be so overwhelmed by its solid form that you then conclude that water is a solid substance. Christ is spirit become flesh, however we must not be too overwhelm by the flesh form that we conclude that he is flesh. Now, to correct the errors that arose because of our being overwhelmed by his flesh form many Christians have fallen into another error of assuming that this Christ reality is spirit that never become flesh.
There are those preaching that righteousness is not about the physical things we do, it is about the finished work of Christ. Yes, that is very correct, but then they conclude that because we are already the righteousness of God we can act however way we want. They assume that righteousness is spirit (a reality in Christ, in the spirit) and that there is no need of it becoming flesh. They feel they don't need to do the works of righteousness. This is wrong because Christ is not the spirit who hangs somewhere in an abstraction, never manifesting. No, he is the spirit who became flesh. And this is true for every reality in Christ.
We are one body in Christ, this is a reality in the spirit, but it ought to also manifest in the flesh—it ought to be practical. We cannot remain so divided in this world yet claiming we are one body in Christ. Whatever we are in the spirit, whatever we have in the spirit, should manifest to some measure in the flesh. Even if it doesn't manifest completely or perfectly in the flesh, at least it should have some level of manifestation.
Another thing we must address under this law is our approach to the things of Christ. If Christ is originally spirit, and the things in Christ are originally spirit and we are all in the spirit together with these things, then it means the interaction between us and the things in Christ should be spirit to spirit interaction. Let me use this example to elaborate on what I am trying to say. If I am an amphibian but my original home is the water, and I want to interact with an aquatic animal inside that same water where my home is. Would it be wise of me to get out of that water and come into the land in order to interact with the aquatic animal in the water?
If I am in the water, and the thing I want to interact with is also inside the water then our interaction would definitely be an underwater interaction. It can never be a land to water interaction, for it would be foolish to get out of the water in order to interact with something in the water. I am trying to say it would be foolish as a Christian to use a thing of the flesh in order to access or interact with something that is Christ. Everything that is Christ is spirit in essence, and you, as a born again Christian, are spirit in essence. As such, it would be foolish to use the things of the flesh in trying to interact with the things in Christ.
I am referring to those who try to use olive oil, handkerchief, clothes, chairs, pavement, physical altar, physical mountain, buildings, etc. to access the things of Christ, be it healing, power, answers to prayer, deliverance, direction from God, and so on. It is foolish and childish. If you are newly born again, it is childish but permitted because being a child is not a crime. However, if you have been born again for a number of years and you still do these things, then you are just foolish. You are alive to God in the spirit, as such you have access to the things of Christ in the spirit.
"That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." (John 3:6).
"But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth." (John 4:23-24).
God is spirit but the Old Testament people were dead men, carnal men. They were not alive to God in the spirit. But God desire a people, born of the Spirit, alive to him in the spirit, so that he can interact with them spirit to spirit. Our interactions with God be spirit to spirit. We shouldn't be going through physical this like a building, an altar, mountain, olive oil, handkerchief, and so on. If it is healing you want, you can reach out into the spirit and grasp it. If it is answers to prayers, you can reach into the spirit and apprehend it. Whatever it is you need, you have been given the faculties to reach out by yourself, without going through any physical thing, and you can apprehend it by the Spirit.
You must develop these faculties and use them, they are not there just for design sake. It is like having leg and yet refusing to learn how to use them—you cannot continue to crawl like a baby all your life, grow up! Your righteousness are not the works you do, they are spirit yet they must not remain hanging in the spirit, allow them find expression as righteous works. And if you want to access anything of Christ, it is okay to depend on physical things when your faith is still small. But you should not remain that way, pursue growth, and strive to come to that point where you can reach into the spirit and access these things by yourself.
I wrote a book of over 300 pages to explain this law and demonstrate the various ways we have been defying this law in Christianity and how we can properly apply it in order to practice normal Christianity. This book is titled, "Christ; The Christian Spirituality".