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THE GOSPEL AS IT IS

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When we come to understand the gospel as it is rather than as we have absorbed it or been taught we begin to see it as an adventure and a joy. We move beyond ‘sin management’ and ‘commandment keeping’ to our life in God, which is by grace from first to last. We are graced with Christ’s life as ours and more. We are graced with His relationship with our Father and Holy Spirit. As some describe it we get to enjoy ‘the trinity in us’.

MADE ONE

It is because Jesus ‘becomes us’ that we do overcome sins and because Jesus’ life has become our life towards God that the sins that plague us are not our ruin and do not separate us from God.

“We are not united to Christ because we have done something to participate in the life of God but because God has come to us and participated in our life.” (1) Baxster Kruger alerts us to the fact of coming to Christ saying that it’s less about our receiving Christ and more about us living in the reality that we have been received in His life - into union with Himself and into His communion with the trinity.

Stephen Morrison commenting on Thomas Torrance’s portrayal of the gospel writes, “God became one of us so that we might be united to Him and participate in the fellowship of God's being. Torrance applies the homoousion ("one in being") not only to the Son's oneness in being with the Father but also the Son's oneness in being with us in our frail humanity. This is why he writes, in the context of the Nicene Creed, "Both ends of the homoousion, the divine and the human, had to be secured.

SALVATION IS NOT SOME NOVEL VERSION OF THE FALL

Our union with God and God’s union with us are secured in the person of Jesus Christ. It is in Him that we have oneness with God as a state of being rather than as an attachment to a definition or doctrinal position. Thus we enter His fellowsip by agreein with God that we are in fellowship with God in Jesus Christ.

We are one with God despite our theological ignorance or doctrinal aberrations. But knowing the truth about our inheritance is the difference between living with God in abundance rather than scarcity.

(1)Morrison, Stephen D.. T. F. Torrance in Plain English (Plain English Series Book 2) (p. 202). Beloved Publishing, LLC. Kindle Edition.