THE MESSAGE ROYAL
The beauty of The Message is that the life of the trinity as life itself and as love as relationship is ours in the person of Jesus Christ. It’s ours by incarnation which means ours when Christ is our life.
Fundamentalism is a barren field because it is union with words. A life that is an attachment to beliefs and a bunch of proof texts may be no life at all. No life because real life is a state of being that is oneness with God. This life is ours in the Gospel of Jesus and the apostles. Maybe not ours if we have a mindset that attaches us to a false narrative and a different gospel.
If the law is thought of as super-ordinate to Christ the law immediately becomes ‘god’ – which is a nonsense because Jesus Christ as the Son of God is equal with our Father and the Revealer of our Father in His person and His life.
Jesus lives to draw us into the place in which we belong: Union and fellowship with God.
SONS OF GOD, NOT SONS OF ABSTACTIONS
Jesus never came to make us adherents of abstractions. He came to unite us with Himself so that we would live in the fullness of our origins as sons and daughters of God. The threadbare nature of fundamentalism is exposed when we see the light of the truth that Jesus came among us and lives for us to sustain and maintain our union with God and the manifestation of each of us sons.
“If Jesus Christ really is the only begotten Son of the Father who is eternally in God and as such has come into our human being and united our human nature with his own. Then atoning reconciliation must be understood as having taken place within the personal being of Jesus Christ as the one Mediator between God and man, and thus within the ontological roots and actual condition of the human and creaturely existence which he assumed in order to save.
In this event atonement is not an act of God done ab extra upon man, but an act of God become man, done ab intra, in his stead and on his behalf; it is an act of God as man, translated into human actuality and made to issue out of the depths of man’s being and life toward God.” (1)
A BETTER COVENANT
This is why the notion that Jesus come among us to aid us in keeping the law should be seen as the idolatry and futility it is. He lives to ensure that we are able to live as part of Him. ‘Realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NIV. Why realise this? Because you have more than salvation. You participate in the divine nature because God is woven into you and you are woven into God. This is the spirit of sonship and the difference between life in the life and an un-life in the letter that kills.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Trinitarian Faith: The Evangelical Theology of the Ancient Catholic Church (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (pp. 158-159). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.