Easter is a sign and the celebration that the old creation is dead and the new creation has begun. It means that our life in Adam has finished and our life in Jesus is now. It means that the regime of the knowledge of good and evil is over and the Mosaic laws that went with it are passé.
Easter means that Christ is our life and we are not. That we are hidden in Jesus, revealed in his Christ and have our being in Christ.
God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself. We are reconciled to God in the mode of who God is in Himself – the living being of oneness in diversity. The perichoresis of the trinity is the perichoresis that is our oneness with God – and our sonship as sons of God.
We are not made one with God by the law. The law separates. We are made one with God by the atoning cross and the reality of the incarnation and the ever-present ministry of Holy Spirit. The most of post cross life is union with God in a way that the sons of God grow into the glory of God in the Spirit of Sonship.
FUTILITY AS DOCTRINE
Legalism, the notion that the law is instrumental in our reconciliation to God is as much a heresy as Arianism. They are kindred spirits of separation and separation is the main abuse of the Fall.
“The one trinitarian way of thinking of God forced upon us through the incarnation calls into question and sets aside at the same time any alternative way of thinking of him, apart from the incarnation or behind the back of Jesus Christ, and without taking into account the very heart of the Gospel in the oneness in Being and Act between God the Father and his reconciling self-communication to us in his beloved Son and in his Holy Spirit.
To admit any other than a trinitarian way of thinking about God is in fact not only to relativise and question the truth of the Trinity but to contradict the Trinity and to set aside the Gospel. Hence in the formulation of the doctrine of the Trinity we are committed to worshipping and obeying God unreservedly, with all our heart and soul and mind in an approach which sets aside all other religious approaches and abolishes any entertainment of alternative devotions and conceptions of God as invalid.” (1)
WHAT KIND OF BELONGING?
We can belong to Christ as un-repentant prodigals, be of the Body of Christ as a tumorous aberration or a paddock of tares, posing as wheat when we are rooted in a lie from the father of lies. Then again we can simply ‘be’. We can be resting in our union with God, opening our being to His being and His incarnation so that God has come in our flesh rather than our flesh come in our flesh.
Christ is risen and so are you. You are in heavenly places with Christ and God in God’s fullness is in you. This is your Easter Life.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (pp. 24-25). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.