Thomas Torrance wrote, “We are united to Christ who is bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh, and participate in the risen Humanity of Christ so that we are bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh.” The incarnation is Christ writ as you and Christ writ large as us.
SEE HOW TO SEE
‘Jesus urged, ‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20. This is the day we are born from religion into the Kingdom Jesus began.
The incarnation of Christ in you results in the holistic expression of Godliness as you. There is no abstraction here, no Christian law-ideology. It’s the direct mediation of Christ to you resulting in the expression of Christ as you.
CHRIST YOUR LIFE
‘For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’ Col 3.3,4 NIV.
The Kingdom of God is better than a belief system and way superior to an ideology. It is the life of God manifesting in you. God’s Kingdom is defined neither by the law or by morality. It’s described by God living in you, fellowshipping with you and expressing God as you. We call this the Spirit of sonship.
The core of cosmic life is the trinity. This is life itself, the definition of community and the original expression of love and joy. The trinity is the genesis of life. When Jesus came he brought all this with Him and became the Door to humanity’ fellowship with God in this life.
The universe is held together and finds it purpose in the Logos – Jesus Christ the Living word is the law of the spirit of life. The issue of life is not the law and the keeping of it and never was. The issue for you and for us all is the absolute trustworthiness of God and the genuine sonship of you. The reality of sonship is that we are included God’s Oneness of the trinity. This inclusion is achieved for all in the person of Jesus Christ. This is the life in which we are invited to participate by agreeing with Christ that He is our life.
‘Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent’ John 17.3 NIV. Knowing God is knowing God and the Gospel of the Christ of God. We don’t make up our own gospel and our own christ. Not unless we wish to make do with a false christ.
John records, Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them’ John 14.23 NIV. His teaching is that He Himself is BELONGING, life and righteousness.
‘Knowing’ spiritually is participating in ‘being’. The gift of life that is ours in Jesus is inclusion in the communion of God – the trinity.
Paul writes, ‘For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God’ Eph 3.14-19 NIV.
By knowing Jesus as Jesus is you know Father as He is and receive Holy Spirit to instruct you by the spirit of wisdom and revelation. In Jesus you are joined to your origin, connected to your design and because you and our Father are one you are nurtured and matured in the spirit of sonship. Don’t expect to make progress beyond elementary grade in adherence to the law. Abstractions cannot produce life, let alone spirit. With Christ incarnated in your being you will continually be more than you are. More, because Infinity lives in you and imparts Himself to you. Growth in the Christian life could be said to be about becoming who you already are – a son in spirit and in truth. Baxster Kruger observes,
THE REALISED PLAN
“The man Jesus, the incarnate Son, is not an afterthought or an after word. Jesus, the incarnate Son, the humanity of God, is the eternal foreword. The relationship between God and humanity that was hammered out in Jesus Christ is not a second plan: This relationship, this union between God and humanity in Christ, is the eternal plan of God, which precedes creation itself. God has always purposed to become flesh.” (1)
Religion has you ‘working to show yourself approved.’ But you already are approved. You are in God and God is in you. Live from where you have been positioned and rejoice in the grace and the life that is in you and with you.
(1) Kruger, C. Baxter. Jesus and the Undoing of Adam. Perichoresis Press. Kindle Edition.