It’s a Kingdom secret—God made a lot of laws in the Old Testament and commands in the New Testament—but true sons and daughters are exempt from them. They are free from all strictures and yet imbued with a high standard of discipline. I know how this can raise some eyebrows, but it’s true.
Consider this—God declares you righteous in Christ by grace through faith. Therefore, the law, or anything similar to it imposed in churches, is NOT for you, because laws are for lawbreakers and rebels. No one righteous in Christ can be like that.
We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, [1 Timothy 1.9]
In Paul’s time this was common knowledge, but not today. A lot of people still prefer to be under the law, observing Old Testament rituals and special days. Not only so, Christian churches invent their own “laws” to keep their denominations intact. The church’s life, in fact, is its “laws” expressed through its church manuals, policies, doctrines and other rules and regulations they strictly adhere to.
They continue to create a lot of these man-made laws and put in lots of bible verses to make them sound legit and authoritative. In fact, they even have worship “programs” (which serve as the “law” during worship services) which everyone is expected to follow during worship. It’s how they view “order,” through laws.
But Kingdom “order” is different. It’s not by laws or man-made rules or policies or manuals. It’s by the Spirit of God. Believers who have the Word of God alive in them daily are moved by the Holy Spirit to be one in nature—Christ’s nature. Their lives and thoughts agree without meaning to. They move and think freely and yet are always in one accord—exactly as the three Persons in the Trinity do—because they have God’s nature in them through Christ.
Laws and rules are only necessary if there’s a chance that someone might violate protocol—or some ignorant guy might do something contrary and not know it. Like in church, someone may act or move contrary to established norms or programs. So laws and rules are needed.
However, laws and regulations just make you inclined to break them. “The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase.” [Romans 5.20] The more you rely on them the more you want to disobey. Rules and laws tend to make you rebellious. “But when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died,” [Romans 7.9]. No wonder churches always have dissenters and detractors in them.
But in a place or gathering where grace is sufficiently lavish and everyone is a true son and daughter genuinely intimate with the Father and imbued with His nature—possessing everything that is His—no laws or rules or doctrine are necessary. Sons and daughters are exempt. It’s in their nature to simply flow with God’s will.
“From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?” Jesus asked. “From others,” Peter answered. “Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him. [Matthew 17]
I don’t impose rules or laws in my household. But my sons know me and know exactly what I want. By living with me daily and being so familiar with my character, they’re aware of the “protocol,” and it’s something embedded in their hearts. Yeah, they slip now and then and do wrong. But when they do, all I have to do is look at them in the eyes and the protocol in their hearts start working again immediately. Often, no scolding is needed. They understand at once and behave accordingly. Why? Because they are my sons and I am their father. There is true relationship. A common DNA with me binds us.
But with our household helpers, we impose rules and regulations. There has to be some kind of “manual” or rules for everything because they often just do things their way. We also use some kind of a “doctrine” so they’d know what kind of family they’re serving, and the difference between our family and the family next door—or other families for that matter.
Unfortunately, sometimes you’d see the most undisciplined people in church.They’re often difficult to coordinate because they stubbornly refuse to cooperate. Probably, that’s their idea of freedom. I was once asked to help some young people from a church with their fitness activities. I was to teach them some steps but I found it hard to make them. They utterly lacked discipline. I had to keep telling them to be serious about it.
On the other hand, I’ve also seen how some fathers disciplined their sons by cruelly hitting them physically. Sure enough, they easily control their children because they have successfully enslaved them. Their sons obey them more out of fear. God disciplines his sons and daughters differently. He puts his spoken Word into their hearts and minds. His principle is always that perfect love casts out fear. Notice how the father disciplined his prodigal son in Luke 15.
A lot of church people misconstrue discipline. They think it has to be harsh. I’ve seen how some church leaders shamed other people publicly and abused them with words as a way of “disciplining” them. God is not like that. He disciplines his children rigidly, but not with cruel punishment, rules or laws. God disciplined David and Moses with severe punishment, but that was Old Testament.
And if you’re a true son or daughter of God, you should be highly disciplined by nature, though totally free.
In Christ, disciplining is different. Rigid discipline is still there but it’s more on character honing than mere punishment per se (or as a resultant punishment). For instance, did Jesus punish Judas for stealing from the ministry offering bag or Peter for disowning him three times? Ananias and Sapphira were given a chance to repent instead of being punished outright, but they preferred to stick with their lies.
When David sinned, he was given several choices for punishment, all of which were severe. When Moses disobeyed, he was not allowed entry into the Promise Land though he begged God to. All these involved breaking some law.
God’s discipline in Christ comes more as his expression of fatherly love than kingly wrath. But beware. If his discipline is ignored after warnings, you can suddenly just fall flat on your face dead like Ananias and Sapphira did.
In God’s Kingdom, there are no rules or regulations or laws—because the Word of God is inside every believer, indwelling them. It has become flesh in them. In fact, it has become them. You and the Word have become one and inseparable. In a sense, you have become the Word because the Word has become your life. “They are not just idle words for you–they are your life,” [Deuteronomy 32.47].
It’s a powerful Kingdom concept. For instance, you don’t have to read the bible like how they do it today because THE WORD IS IN YOU, the Word is the LIFE that runs your body and mind, occupying every cell, molecule, fiber and circulation. It’s your system, your culture, your mindset, your personality, your life, your DNA. You move and act and have your being in the Word.
Traditional church people are required to read the bible daily. They “study” it in cell groups or small bible study groups, which are all good. They memorize verses and passages and study them as the world does academic subjects in universities.
But you don’t. Instead, you “eat” and “breathe” the Word day and night.
Every son and daughter of God in Christ eats and breathes the Word. They don’t need to be told or encouraged about reading the bible daily because it has become their natural daily sustenance to breathe-in the Word—taking it without even thinking about it. Do you need to be told to breathe everyday, or else you’re going to die? Do you need to tell yourself each moment that you must breathe air? You don’t. You do it quite naturally, without a single thought, because it is in your system. The same with you and God’s Word.
Jeremiah the prophet prophesied about true sons and daughters in church (which finds fulfillment in these last days) when God showed him what the genuine coming Kingdom on earth through Christ would be like. True Israel, in the glorious church of Jesus Christ, will be the complete unity of Jew and pagan believers worldwide.
This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts.
I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. [Hebrews 8.10-11]
In that condition, there is nothing that isn’t allowed. No more prohibitions. No more don’t to this or don’t to that. You are like the wind that blows wherever it wills. The wind can go through locked doors and windows, secret passages, underground, and all prohibited places. Others can’t but you can. You have permission and access. Others set limits on themselves but your are FREE. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom [2 Corinthians 3.17].
Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. [Colossians 2.20-23]
Rules, including denominational manuals and doctrines (though “bible-based”), are all human inventions. They prove that you are still part of this rotten world which is destined to perish. Many Christians cannot live without the limiting (or enslaving) effects of some law or regulation they impose on themselves. They choose to be bound by them (like the Pharisees and teachers of the law did) rather than live and do ministry freely as Jesus did. Jesus was not just “bible-based.” He was (and is) THE WORD.
They couldn’t break the Sabbath law but Jesus “broke” it anytime he wanted to. They couldn’t speak to Samaritans (especially Samaritan women) but Jesus easily did so. They couldn’t walk on water or change water into wine, but Jesus easily did both. They couldn’t touch the unclean, but Jesus touched and healed them. No one could be both perfect God and perfect man. It defied all logic and reason. But Jesus was exactly that. He was the Son—he was exempt. They couldn’t but he could. Jesus was free to do anything. Why not? He is the only begotten Son. And you are a son or daughter of God through Him. You are co-heir with Christ.
They all thought Jesus was breaking the law. But how could he, when he was the Word of God and the final interpretation of it himself? He was God’s own Son found to be faithful as “the Son over God’s house” [Hebrews 3.6]. And in Christ by God’s grace, we share the same position.
Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. [Romans 8.17]
In another breath, the Word says:
And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, [Ephesians 2.6]
As sons and daughters, laws, regulations and doctrines formulated by men (even if “bible-based”) do not govern us as they never governed Jesus. Only the spoken Word of God dwelling in us does. It dwells in us richly [Colossians 3.16] as well as increases, multiplies and flourishes in and around us [Acts 12.24]. Our only reason for existence is the spoken Word [John 6.57].
True sons and daughters grow deep in the spoken Word in ever-increasing glory, not as an obligation or requirement, but because God has made it their unchanging nature. It’s all the work of God. It’s one of the marks of being born from above. You have no struggles with the Word. The Word makes its home in you and creates a huge, abundant and unfailing source there, welling up to eternal life.
But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. [John 4.14]
In any given situation you face in life, the Word quickly and automatically takes charge and moves your mind and body to God and His present move. It’s something like digestion. You don’t need rules or regulations or laws to set your digestive system to work. It simply works according to the digestive system God put there.
But don’t get me wrong. A lot of individuals I shared this wisdom with twisted it around and thought they could just do anything they wanted with the “freedom” they thought they had in Christ. They even thought they could sin freely and disobey every rule or law they saw around them. God’s truth can do two things in you—get it fresh from Gods’ own mouth unadulterated and have LIFE, or twist it around and become a slave of the devil—like what happened to Adam and Eve. God had told them personally what to do but they twisted it around.
One thing noticeable about people who try to get this teaching without being transformed into the likeness of the Son is that they are NOT deep in the spoken Word. They may know the bible (or the letter or the printed Word), but NOT the spoken Word of God in the bible.
They struggle with the Word and need to follow a program so they can read it one or five or ten chapters a day. Some of them cannot understand anything unless they listen to Sunday sermons. Most Christians don’t get anything from the Old Testament except history. Many of them struggle a lot just getting the spoken Word straight from the Father’s mouth. All they get are earthly teachings.
Sermons are good, but each true son or daughter should be able to get the spoken Word fresh and direct from the mouth of God supernaturally, any time of the day.
As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit–just as it has taught you, remain in him. [1 John 2.27]
People who cannot get fresh wisdom straight from God even have to go to seminary to try to understand what God is saying in the bible, to no avail. All they get are human theologies which cannot exempt you as sons and daughters. Only what God puts in you supernaturally and permanently renders you exempt and this only happens when God re-creates your body composition with the DNA of the pure Word. And then you begin to experience what Paul said about how it’s not you who live but Christ—the living, spoken Word—who lives in you.
It’s genuine—it’s not really you who live but Jesus in you. Some guys mock me about this and ask if the DNA of the Word can be seen through a microscope in a blood chemistry test. It is there in your blood and muscle fiber, believe me. But the eyes, even if aided with the best tools of Science, won’t be able to see it.
But if your spiritual eyes are opened, you will. “We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal,” [2 Corinthians 4.18].
A true child of God will first “crave pure spiritual milk” [1 Peter 2.2].
What young believers “crave” in church today are concerts, musical performances, choir, stage worship and instrument playing as their favorite rock star does it. Do you “crave” for the Word? “Crave” means “feel a powerful desire for” says Google. This is among the marks of a true born-again believer. He first craves for the Word. A desperate longing. An insatiable greed for the Word.
Then, a true child of God will later “leave the elementary teachings of Christ and go on to maturity” [Hebrews 6] by letting or allowing the Word of Christ to dwell in them richly [Colossians 3]. The Word “dwelling” in you is not just about bible studies or winning bible quizzes or attending bible school or seminary.
I know a lot of folks who have seminary degrees and titles but do not have the Word dwelling in them richly. This is something more than being able to explain passages in the bible through hermeneutics or present sermons in scholarly, intellectual fashions.
Most theologians today only end up sounding like some Western philosophers or psychologists—or some smart Aleck or politician trying to outsmart everyone. They try hard to sound scholarly. But they never sound like Jesus Christ. When they speak, there’s discussion. But when Jesus speaks, there’s LIFE.
When the Word indwells richly and God looks at us, he sees Christ (the Word), not us. Angels and all creation also see Christ in us (not us) and obey our every beck and call. It’s when mortality is swallowed up by LIFE.
God’s plan is that we first “crave” spiritual milk. “Like newborn infants, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,” [1 Peter 2.2]. After drinking lots of it, we let it “dwell richly” in us. Without the “craving” part, nothing will dwell richly in us. It is important for true born-again believers to crave for the pure Word, or feel a powerful desire for it. Covet it and greedily devour it.
Then spiritual milk transforms in you as you meditate the Word of God day and night. The “letter” becomes the Sword of the Spirit that pierces through soul and spirit. The more you hear God’s spoken Word in the bible, the more you grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. And then you learn deeper things in the Holy Spirit, what Christ calls his “heavenly things” (and which I call third-heaven revelations). As you nurture in God’s spoken word, rivers of living water are created in you. God places a great Source of LIFE in you so that you never thirst or hunger.
You become what you eat. The spoken Word becomes your life.
Unfortunately for most people, they never get past spiritual milk. They drown themselves in church activities, denominational ministries and human theologies and have no more quality time left for the spoken Word from God’s own mouth. This food is the only thing that can exempt you.
I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready, for you are still worldly. Are you not walking in the way of man? [1 Corinthians 3.21]
While there is still even a tiny, minuscule measure of the world or man in your ways, you are still carnal. You cannot receive the solid food of the Spirit. Things like worship programs, tradition, Christmas, Easter, church anniversaries, church buildings, human theologies and church denominations all keep you from hearing the spoken Word of God—and most likely, what you call your “spiritual life” revolves around these earthly things. They make you still part of this world and therefore not exempt from its laws and principles.
Remaining on the spiritual-milk level will get you nowhere in God’s Kingdom except what you achieve in the physical realms—what the eyes see and what the flesh appreciates. “For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world,” [1 john 2.16].
I still have much to tell you, but you cannot yet bear to hear it. [John 16.12]
Although by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to reteach you the basic principles of God’s word. You need milk, not solid food! [Hebrews 5.12]
This explains why most churches today are a far cry from the ministry that Jesus did. They do not look one bit like Jesus. Instead, they look more like community or cause-oriented groups like the Rotary Club. Traditional churches have all become like that, so that any church that radically looks like Jesus becomes odd to them.
Some of them even need to associate with politicians or be used by them just to gain some influence on the community. They haven’t gone past the spiritual-milk level. Jesus never did anything like that. And you’d see how rules, regulations and denominational doctrines run their ministries and also keep them apart. All these keep them bound to the world, not exempt from it.
In heaven, believers are governed by the Spirit of God, not by rules or regulations or laws. “Do not steal” or “do not covet” lose their meaning in heaven because they do not apply. In heaven, your nature easily flows with God’s will. And Jesus said that God’s will in heaven should be done on earth as well.
If you’re a son or daughter, you are exempt from the world.