It was characteristic of Irenaeus’ understanding of the Gospel and his presentation of the Faith that the primary focus should be on Jesus Christ himself as Lord and Saviour within the overarching framework of God’s self-revelation as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
It is only through Christ the incarnate Son of God that true knowledge of God is possible, so that his trinitarian understanding of God was Christologically and soteriologically conditioned through and through.
‘Realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20. This is the realisation that makes us part of His Body.
Jesus as one with God and fully God is who He is in fellowship with the trinity. We are who we are as sons/daughters of God in spirit and in truth in Jesus ‘one substance with the trinitarian God. It is the nature of the trinity that they have a profound oneness with each other yet remain unique as themselves. It is a similar oneness that we have been drawn into in Christ so that we become part of God.
The law has no relevance in the new testament and is never held up as the Way of salvation. Not by ministers of Christ’s Gospel.
THE REALITY THAT IS CHRIST
This is the reality of holiness and wholeness. Nothing to do with the law and everything to do with union with God. Our living in this reality is the difference between separation and oneness with God. It’s also the difference between representing the Kingdom of Christ and the kingdom of christianity. The fruitfulness of Christ in you is that He becomes us – the meaning of the Lord’s Table.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 75). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.