FATHER IN HEAVEN AND IN YOU
The love of God in Christ is comprehensive and complete. We have salvation in Christ, yes, but we also have the life of God in Christ – the spirit of sonship which makes us sons and makes us ourselves in spirit and in truth. There is a quality of being in sonship that is far above the ‘animal’ and way above the ‘one dimensional man or woman’. None need be a shell of humanity or a husk of their real selves. The greatest holiness is to become the son, the daughter God made you to be – never a clone of someone else or a shadow of your real self, that it’s always possible to become should we be formed by religion instead of formed from Christ.
YOU ARE A SON
You are joined to God and joined to your real self in Christ. Myk Habets following Cambell and Torrance observes, “Campbell sought to present the atonement in filial as opposed to judicial terms, emphasising the love of God for all humanity. This drove him back to the doctrine of the incarnation which, in his later theology he sought to explicate as the twofold movement of God to humanity and humanity to God in the one person of the incarnate Son, something he labelled the retrospective and prospective aspects of atonement.
“Retrospectively God has dealt with every human being’s guilty past by penetrating the depths of human sin and guilt and pardoning them. However, this cannot be understood apart from seeing that God prospectively brings people to share in Christ’s Sonship, lifting them from imprisonment in their mortal existence into the new life of the risen Jesus.
“Campbell argued that traditional doctrines of atonement had limited themselves to the retrospective aspect only, resulting in a doctrine of strict penal substitution. When the prospective aspect is considered, not only are the necessary means of atonement taken into account but the goal of the incarnation is also set forth, namely, the Father’s filial purposes for all humankind.. [Torrance notes] ‘At the heart of Campbell’s thinking on this matter lies a concentrated focus on one’s union with Christ – a union which is the fruit of the incarnation’. Christ in our humanity offers a perfect vicarious response to the love and judgement of God.” (1)
FATHER TO SONS
What are the Father’s filial purposes? They are that in Jesus we will become sons/daughters in spirit and in truth because Christ has come in our flesh. This means that Christ has come in us holistically, infused our being with Himself so that we become the expression of Him while maturing into the real glory of our true selves. This begins in this life with new birth, if indeed we are reborn into Christ and not into religion. Unless the experience of Christ our life is ours, we travel like cattle in cattle class – even though we are sons of God entitled to be first class beings conveyed in the first class cabin.
We are who we are in our being. Glory is not wealth, status or power. Glory is the result of being re-born in Christ so that you become who you actually are in the mind of Christ. If lies and the perversion of identity led to the fall, our resurrection and establishment as sons and daughters of God is found in the forming of ourselves in our God-given identity.