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Death or How You Can Level Up Your Life

I believe that if Christ wants a death for us it is the death of our low-level humanity. His desire is the full revelation of our resurrection to divinity, which is our high-level humanity.

Low-level humanity? High-level humanity? This can be confusing. I’m not sure I’ll ever get it all worked out in my brain. But let’s start here.

Low-Level Humanity

This is the type of humanity (read, living) that keeps you down both mentally and spiritually. This is an unhealthy side of humility or false humility. This living is damaging to itself and those around.

This is the “I’m not good enough. I don’t deserve love. I can’t be good enough.” type of mind frame of low-level humanity.

High-Level Humanity

This type of humanity is what Jesus gave us through his life, death, and resurrection. This high-level humanity is actually the divinity that Jesus affords us because we are in Him and He’s in us. Let me be clear, I’m not saying that we are divine, I am saying that we are included in Christ’s divine nature. This is the true humility. This living is empowering to us and everyone we are connected to.

This is the “I’m not good enough without Jesus. I don’t deserve love, but God loves me anyway. I can’t be good enough, but God makes me good enough.” type of mind frame of high-level humanity.

Proof

Here are some verses that let us know that Christ’s desire for us is to fully realize our status as partakers of His divine nature.

6:4 Baptism pictures how we were co-buried together with Christ in his death; then it powerfully illustrates how in God’s mind we were co-raised with Christ into a new lifestyle. (Hos 6:2)
6:5 We were like seeds planted together in the same soil, to be co-quickened to life. If we were included in his death we are equally included in his resurrection.
Romans 6:4-5 Mirror

5:14  The love of Christ 1resonates within us and leaves us with only one conclusion: Jesus died humanity’s death; therefore, in God’s logic every individual simultaneously died.
5:15  Now if all were included in his death they were equally included in his resurrection. This unveiling of his love redefines human life! Whatever reference we could have of ourselves outside of our association with Christ is no longer relevant.
5:16  This is radical! No label that could possibly previously define someone carries any further significance! Even our pet doctrines of Christ are redefined. Whatever we knew about him historically or sentimentally is challenged by this conclusion.
5:17  In the light of your co-inclusion in his death and resurrection, whoever you thought you were before, in Christ you are a brand new person! The old ways of seeing yourself and everyone else are over. Acquaint yourself with the new!
2 Corinthians 5:14-17 Mirror

1:4a This is exactly what God always had in mind for us; every one of his abundant and priceless promises pointed to our restored participation in our godly origin!

2 Peter 1:4  Mirror

2:19 My co-crucifixion with Christ is valid! I am not making this up. In his death I died to the old system of trying to please God with my own good behavior! God made me alive together with Christ. How can any human effort improve on this! (Hos 6:2 and Eph 2:5)
2:20  The terms, co-crucified and co-alive define me now. Christ in me and I in him! (Jn 14:20) His sacrificial love is evidence of his persuasion of my righteousness!

Galatians 2:19-20  Mirror

Please note 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul is telling us that we are no longer the old us. We are a brand new person! The old lens through which we saw ourselves is broken and destroyed. Now we have the privilege and joy of making ourselves fully acquainted with our new selves.

Application

Kick the tires. Look under the hood. Take it for a spin. Drive it as fast as possible. Through Christ, we didn’t get a new paint job, we got a whole new class of automobile.

Although, this all happens at the moment of conversion this is a lifelong and possibly an eternal process to fully realize this. And you know what? That’s ok! We are learning a space and a creation that we aren’t used to. I love this line from The Matrix.

Neo: Why do my eyes hurt?
Morpheus: You’ve never used them before.

Here are three ways to apply this concept of high-level humanity to our daily lives.

  1. Meditate on the scriptures above. (There are probably more scriptures that can relate to this topic.)

  2. Remind yourself of your new humanity in Christ. (He has made you new. He has brought you in.)

  3. Surround yourself with people who will remind you of your new humanity in Christ. (These people also won’t let you stay in your low-level anymore either.)

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Tension or How to Make Your Own Island

“No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No stream or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined. One of the widest gaps in human experience is the gap between what we say we want to be and our willingness to discipline ourselves to get there.”

Harry Emerson Fosdick, Living Under Tension Sermons On Christianity Today

Live. Moving. Evolving. Changing. Growing. Expanding. Volatile. Exciting. Active. Progressive. Dynamic. Unending. Gradual. Dynamic. Advancing. Continuing. Increasing. Endless. Repeating. Unceasing. Steady. Uninterrupted. Nonstop.

Settle

Sometimes we get so settled in an idea that was once a ground-shaking, new territory idea that it begins to cool; at which point new ideas or perspectives that are red hot begin to push against the hardening. Each breakthrough of concept or viewpoints brings more land, more space, and more life to the overall structure of thought.

Over time what is created is a whole new island of context. This island, while stable, is not rigid, stagnant, or stoic, but volatile, active, and exciting.

All of this is powered by an inner fire. This inner fire is the fuel that propels the island in its growth and stability.

Tension

We must live in this tension of growth and stability. This tension is the life of the believer.

Tension is not chaotic. Tension is not confusion. Tension is progress. Tension is growth.

Tension is not always fun. But tension is necessary.

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Broken

This is a guest post from Kalyn Mullis. She is a fantastic writer but more than that a great friend!

What to do when nobody knows your heart is broken.

I’m the poster child for wanting people to not worry about me. I don’t tell my family when I need money. I don’t tell my friends when I’m sad. And I definitely don’t want anyone to know if I have a broken heart. I want the people I love to come to me for help. I don’t want to go to them. So if you’re living with a broken heart, but plastering a smile on your face, I get it–trust me. But I have some things to tell you.

  1. Secrets will break you. Whatever it is that is breaking your heart will eventually swallow you. Bring that thing to the light. Find someone to tell. Don’t keep it inside. No man is an island.

  2. If you’re lumping God into that pile of people that you don’t want to see your brokenness, you’re making a fatal mistake. When you’re hurting, everyone seems distant. No one seems close. God is not distant. He is an ever-present help in times of trouble. He is the anointing that mends broken hearts. He is the One who makes all things work together for your good. And He’s the only one who knows your full story.

  3. Your friends and family aren’t as weak as you think they are. Chances are, they can handle what you’re going through. God places the lonely in families. The family (blood or not) that you’ve been placed in, you were placed in by God. Confide in them. Lean on them. Again, no man is an island. We need each other.

  4. Pride perpetuates the problem. It is our pride that keeps us distant from our family and friends. It is our pride that keeps us from hitting our knees. It is our pride that keeps us putting on a happy face when we’re broken. God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble. If we could just allow ourselves to be humbled by our brokenness…wow. Imagine what God could do with a heart like that.

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Scandal

The true stumbling block is the ease of the Gospel… The word for ‘stumbling block’ is skandalon in Greek. It is where we get the transliterated word scandal… The cross is the divine scandal!… The scandal is that though your sin was great, God’s love was greater. You might conclude that you should bring an offering for your acceptance with God, yet Christ has beaten you to it. That’s the scandal. It is a scandal of love. We couldn’t provide a sacrifice, so God provided one for Himself – in Christ. We couldn’t climb to Heaven, so Heaven came to us – in Christ. In Christ we see the grand display of the heavens invading earth. This scandal is designed to make you blush. Its intention is to make every cell in your body scream with thanksgiving and joyful praise.

Benjamin Dunn, The Happy Gospel

Ease.

The gospel is easy.

Life as a Christian can be hard. But Jesus has made “getting in” easy. The “easy” is what the people of Jesus’ day couldn’t deal with. It continues to this day.

“What do you mean I can’t do anything to earn, or at least repay for what Jesus has done for me?”

That would be nice simply because it’s something we are used to. You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours. But that’s not how it works in the upside down kingdom of Grace.

The easiest thing in the world is to want to bring our best deeds and works to the table of grace as a way of payment, but Christ doesn’t accept any repayment for his work. He said this is a debt we could never repay, therefore it’s paid in full by Him. The hardest thing is to remember that our good deeds are not welcomed at His table after we’ve taken our seat.

We all know that we can’t bring the wrongs we’ve done to the table of grace but we can’t bring the good things we’ve done either none of them (good and bad) are allowed.

Benjamin Dunn

This is where the scandal lives for me. God covers our bad deeds and doesn’t accept our good ones!

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Beauty

Getting Jesus right is absolutely essential if we are to recover the beauty of Christianity because Jesus is the beauty of Christianity!

Brian Zahnd, Beauty Will Save the World

Thinking rightly about Jesus is crucial not only to Christianity but to the Christian! We mustn’t accept Jesus at salvation as the total of Christianity then relegate Him to optional in experience. He is the sum of all the parts.

He is Christianity!

He is Life!

He is All!

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Covenant

Jesus, the Son of God, is the covenant in Himself. The representative of God and the representative of the human race meet in this one person, Jesus Christ… It is not made with us as individuals. It is a covenant made by God the Father with God the Son… The new covenant is out of our hands and beyond our ability to break; it is guaranteed by the Triune God and, therefore, is unconditional and unbreakable… He does not need to enter into covenant with Him; He has no need of any of the promises and blessings of the covenant. In limitless love for us, He has joined Himself to us, never to leave us…
He did not need, as humans do, to swear an oath in order to bind Himself to keep the covenant. It does not make Him what He would not otherwise be but is the means of revealing to us who He eternally is… God who is infinitely reliable, to be counted on at all times, constant, and unchangeable.

Malcolm Smith, The Lost Secret of the New Covenant

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Fix

I don’t want a band-aid for an ancient disease, I want the full strength of Calvary.

Tim Wright, Satisfied

The Law.

The perfect, holy Law of God.

The Ten Commandments.

For the most part, Leviticus.

Paul says about the law was that it was brought in so that the trespass would increase. The law ‘could’ save us if we kept it perfectly every time, all the time. But we couldn’t. No one but Jesus could do that. But boy, we try.

Jesus did perfectly what we could only try and fail to do. We tried for centuries to fulfill the law by the sweat of our brow and the keenness of our minds. Jesus once and for all fulfilled it.

The problem is that Jesus did all this a long time ago, yet we are still trying to earn the free gift he has given us. The only way we can “earn” this gift of salvation is to just give up. When we give up, we aren’t to do nothing. We give up in our efforts to save ourselves. We must take the focus of our salvation off of us and place it solely on Jesus. The author and finisher and fixer of our faith. He is the only one who can fix us.

15 But the gift of God through Christ is a very different matter from the “account rendered” through the sin of Adam. For while as a result of one man’s sin death by natural consequence became the common lot of men, it was by the generosity of God, the free giving of the grace of one man Jesus Christ, that the love of God overflowed for the benefit of all men.

16 Nor is the effect of God’s gift the same as the effect of that one man’s sin. For in the one case one man’s sin brought its inevitable judgment, and the result was condemnation. But, in the other, countless men’s sins are met with the free gift of grace, and the result is justification before God.

17 For if one man’s offence meant that men should be slaves to death all their lives, it is a far greater thing that through another man, Jesus Christ, men by their acceptance of his more than sufficient grace and righteousness, should live all their lives like kings!

18-19 We see, then, that as one act of sin exposed the whole race of men to God’s judgment and condemnation, so one act of perfect righteousness presents all men freely acquitted in the sight of God. One man’s disobedience placed all men under the threat of condemnation, but one man’s obedience has the power to present all men righteous before God.

20-21 Now we find that the Law keeps slipping into the picture to point the vast extent of sin. Yet, though sin is shown to be wide and deep, thank God his grace is wider and deeper still! The whole outlook changes—sin used to be the master of men and in the end handed them over to death: now grace is the ruling factor, with righteousness as its purpose and its end the bringing of men to the eternal life of God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 5:15-21 J.B. Phillips

Fixed it.

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Cure

Don’t be a doctor that only tells you how bad the different diseases are, be the one who offers the cure!

Benny Perez

Sin is bad. Try not to sin. We get it.

Constantly telling people the different kinds of sins and how bad they are is not necessarily going to make them not participate in them. You have to give the answer and show them something better. You must tell them of how grace delivers us from sin. You must tell them of how Jesus is better. You must tell them how they are dead to sin and don’t have to answer it’s call.

I’ve quoted it before, but Tullian Tchividjian has said, “Everything we need, in Christ we already possess.”

For any earthly pleasure you want there is a better heavenly alternative.  We have to train our minds and bodies to turn to the real thing rather than settling for the knock-off version.

But the bottom line is, you don’t have to sin. Will you? Odds are yes. But, there is forgiveness. There is grace. Should you continue to sin?  NO! There is grace!

Grace is not only the forgiveness of sin but the power to overcome it! That’s good news!

and from Jesus the Anointed, the Witness who is true and faithful, the first to emerge from death’s cold womb, the chosen Ruler over all the kings and rulers of the earth. To the One who loves us and liberated us from the grip of our evil deeds through His very own blood

Revelation 1:5 Voice

So here is how to picture yourself now that you have been initiated into Jesus the Anointed: you are dead to sin’s power and influence, but you are alive to God’s rule

Romans 6:11 Voice

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Before

Do you remember what it was like before you fell? It’s time to rethink and change your ways; go back to how you first acted.
Revelation 2:5a Voice

Remember Eden, the Garden of Pleasure. You were formed from its dust.

Remember perfection, made in the image of your Father. It’s your initial state.

Remember love, made from the fellowship of the Trinity. Desire and Love birthed you.

Remember joy, the delight of the Maker. You are good and you make Him happy.

Remember union, joined with the Divine. You are made to partake of Life Himself.

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Body

Sometimes you just have to say something. Like Jeremiah, “it’s like fire shut up in my bones.” Most of the time for me it’s when I see injustices inside the church. Wrongs against the people of God and wrongs against the leaders of God’s people.

Jesus and Paul laid this whole “being a body thing” out pretty plain. Sure there are some gaps that have to be filled in to fit our lives in the 21st century, but overall there is a model. The model is, love.

Love.
Forgiveness.
Giving, and not just money.
Acceptance, with grace and truth.

We don’t hear Jesus calling out his disciples, who apparently were some pretty rough characters, for their sins. If he had, that possibly all the gospels would be full of. We do hear Jesus loving instructing them. Bearing with them while their faith is shaking and growing. Loving them while they hear revolutionary teaching. Did Jesus get frustrated at them? Seems like it. But what did He get frustrated about? Lack of faith.

Faith.

Because of the grace that God gave me, I can say to each one of you: don’t think of yourself more highly than you ought to think. Instead, be reasonable since God has measured out a portion of faith to each one of you.
Romans 12:3

See the part I highlighted above? God has given us faith. So when Jesus gets frustrated with these men who have left everything to follow Him, He does so because they aren’t using the thing He has given them.

He has given us everything we need that pertains to life and godliness. We should live and treat others with this in mind. Bearing one another’s burdens[note]Galatians 6:2[/note]. Strengthening the feeble hands and shoring up the weak knees[note]Isaiah 35:3 [/note]. Building each other up[note]1 Thessalonians 5:10-12[/note]. Loving our neighbor as ourselves[note]Mark 12:30-31[/note]. Speaking the truth in love[note]Ephesians 4:15-16[/note].

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