Jesus said, ‘Eternal life is to know God and Jesus Christ whom God has sent.’ Eternal life starts now in that it is God’s life for us today. The Gospel is more than good news. It is a state of being one with God – a union with God that unites us with infinite life. But this is not life as an abstraction. It is life at one with the Holy Trinity. GET WHAT HE PAID FOR So that we are not short-changed and diminished in any way we need to know God as God has revealed Himself in Jesus and know the gospel that He has drawn us into. We do not need to travel in the goods van of the train when we have been given first class seats with air-conditioning and meals included. THE FRAME While the new testament is more than a compendium of doctrine, sound doctrine may be implied by a proper reading of the text, with reference to informed teaching% and a firm grounding in expressions of truth such as the Nicaean Creed. The correct frame of interpretation is the new covenant which is the result of the cross and the atonement leading to the gift of the incarnation. “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” Gal 2.19-21 NIV. LIFE IN THE SPIRIT Paul calls this Christ our life and Christ in you, giving a fuller rendering in Galatians 2.20.21. In Romans 8 Paul depicts this state of being as ‘life in the Spirit’+ and in Romans he distinguishes this from ‘the body of death’ – (Rom 7.24) the parlous state of those who choose to remain in the old covenant and the law in the illusion that they are spiritually alive when they are dead men walking. John speaks of the same condition when he urges all be people for whom Christ has come in their flesh.* He’s speaking of the incarnation in its double whammy of the Son of God appearing as Jesus Christ and this same Jesus incarnated into the person of you and I. There can be no holiness, righteousness, spirituality, regeneration and recreative power greater than Christ becoming us. Yet it is not just Jesus in us. The trinity takes us residence in our being when we obey Jesus’ instruction to receive Him as the life of God. To be received into Jesus’ life is to have our relationship with God healed and a real fellowship with God begun. God is relationship, fellowship and fun. “Fellowship, camaraderie, togetherness, communion have always been at the center of the very being of God, and always will be. It is critical that we see this. And it is just as critical that we see that the shared life of Father, Son and Spirit is not one of sorrow and loneliness and emptiness. It is not about isolation or self-centeredness. It is all about fellowship. And fellowship means that God is not a lonely, sad and depressed being. As Father, Son and Spirit, living in fellowship, God is essentially and eternally very happy. The Father, Son and Spirit live in conversation, in a fellowship of free-flowing togetherness and sharing and delight--a great dance of shared life that is full and rich and passionate, creative and good and beautiful.” (1) The life Jesus gifted us is not a life in church, although it may include this, but it is a life in life that is alive. In Jesus you have entered this fellowship and are in company with the trinity who are in you and with you. There is no separation from God in the post cross world, no sacred and secular. But there is the Kingdom of God incarnated with God’s presence through you and the community of the saints. ‘Realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20. This is walking in the light and being the life. + Life in the Spirit is not life in ‘the Gifts’. It is life in new covenant oneness with God. We are not in the Spirit if we are joined to the law. % Informed teaching is never the result of imagined prophetic re-interpretation of the Gospel of Jesus and the apostles. * The anti-christ spirit hopes to replace the incarnation with the law which is the flesh – so that the law comes in the flesh and is the flesh and Believers remain un-spiritual beings (1) Kruger, C. Baxter. The Great Dance: The Christian Vision Revisited . Perichoresis Press. Kindle Edition.