ALIVE IN CHRIST
EASTER HOLIDAYS, EASTER RESURRECTION, EASTER SPIRIT AND LIFE
‘Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life’ Ez 37 4-6 NIV.
Why be a skeleton when you can be a son of God? Godly reason will lead us to reject fundamentalist type reasoning that is really only rationalism with legalistic face. Law constricted theologies are the fabric of the unreformed un-repented of structures of the knowledge of good and evil and its effluvium of dichotomous epistemology that looks for clarity in dualisms when it should be seeking truth in ‘being.’
In God we have our being and in Jesus Christ we are one with God.
ONE DIMENSIONAL MAN
The law-based theology of certain denominations that arose in the mid 19th century has more to do with industrialisation and the factory system than it does with the truth that is ours in Christ – truth which has nothing to do with the law and everything to do with the atonement, the incarnation and our fellowship with God achieved by God in bringing us into God’s communion.
Many Christians live from a contractual relationship with God – an implied bargain they make that is a re-run of the ‘obey and live tenet of the old covenant. So shrunken is this imagination of who they are in God and why that our real relationship with God described a oneness and perichoresis is seen as catholic, psycho-babble or new age.
Nevertheless we have entered a relationship with the trinity that is similar to the trinity’s relation to itself. A relationship of oneness with God in which we are part of Him and God is part of us, yet we retain our uniqueness as persons.
“No one ever spoke and acted as Jesus did with his divine self-authenticating authority. What he said and did brought about a radically new conception of God and a complete inversion and transformation of man’s outlook in terms of the new divine order, the Kingdom of God that had suddenly irrupted into history with the coming and presence of Jesus Christ, and established itself finally in human existence and destiny through his Cross and resurrection.” (1)
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 20). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.