LIFE CAN BE AN ADVENTURE OR AN EXISTENCE
‘And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth’ Eph 1.10 NIV. This occurred in time at the atonement wrought by the cross. It happens in our time as we live incarnated with Christ. The oneness that is the trinity – unity in diversity – is the oneness we have been drawn into in Jesus Christ.
THINGS THAT ARE AND ARE NOT
Jeff Turner writes, ‘A thing exists in Christ or it does not exist at all.’ When Paul wrote the words, ‘Christ our life’ Paul meant that all things are found in Him and were made for Him. Nothing is ever its real self, outside of Christ. The essence of reality, of wholeness and holiness is Christ our life.
Paul wrote in Colossians, ‘All things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross’ Col 1.16-20.
The law, appearing as black and white dicta, has no substance compared to Christ. He is the personification of all that is alive and good and the living way to achieve goodness and transformation.
After asserting ‘the letter kills’ Paul refers to Jesus as the ‘law of the spirit of life.’ He is the logos, the purpose, the order of all things. All things hold together in Christ – not in the law, not in moralism, not in Islam’s legalisms and not in a humanist program of reform. Either Christ is our life and we are not alive.
THE REAL NEW AGE
The appearance of Moses and Elijah with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration was the Sign of the coming transition – from the law and Adam’s Knowledge of Good and Evil to the incarnation and God’s plan of Christ in us, more exactly expressed as Christ as us: the incarnation. This is life in the Spirit and the Kingdom of God realised. We need to realise the truth in order to live in the truth of the riches of the Kingdom Age – Christ our life.
‘To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory’ Col 1.27 NIV. The oneness that is the trinity is the oneness into which Christ has drawn humanity.
Moses and Jesus do not appear with Jesus because Jesus will be a clever way of maintaining and extending the law – because the law does not make people better and is about to end. And because THE PLAN that has been in place before the foundation of the world is about to establish The Christ as the new and living way that heaven manifests through you and I on earth.
‘Realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20.
Jesus never came to establish the law because He did not come to extend the chaos and separation of Adam. Jesus came to be with us, teach us the Kingdom and become our life in the Age of Christ come in our flesh.
“In his sermon on the Mount Jesus announced that he had come to fulfil the Law and the Prophets. What the Law and the Prophets had aimed for but had never fully attained, Jesus would accomplish. It is Jesus Christ, not Moses and Elijah, who fully inaugurates the kingdom of God. The Mount of Transfiguration is where Moses and Elijah find their successor and bear witness that it is the Christ who will complete what they had begun.” (1)
Are we in Christ or in what God has left behind when Jesus cried, ‘It is finished!’ You have the privilege of being the expression of the Christ in you and completing what He began.
(1) Zahnd, Brian. The Unvarnished Jesus: A Lenten Journey (p. 54). Kindle Edition.