Christ in you is the hope of glory – the hope and actuality of your maturation as the your real self as son/daughter by creation and redemption. In addition, Christ in you is your healing and re-integration of yourself as a person. Jesus is the healing of our relationship with God, the healing of our relationship with our self and its component parts and the healing and our enabling of community with others.
LIFE TO THE FULL
When Paul speaks of ‘Christ our life’ he is speaking not just of forgiveness and salvation but of the kind of fellowship of his in the trinity that becomes ours - the joy of individuality in diversity that is the pleasure of trinitarian life.
Jesus is embodied in you and in those for whom He is life. The incarnation of the trinity in you and in us is the issue today. Christ in us is our ‘knowing God.’ It brings into the core of our being the revelation of who Father is, who Jesus is and who holy Spirit is – in spirit and in truth. The ‘in you and with you’ of Jesus is the reality of His witness to the truth 0f who God is from within and the witness from without through the Bible, Christian evidences and sound Christian teaching.
New Covenant life is living in the reality that we and Father are one. It’s living in the union with God that we have been given in Jesus. We belong. But whether we live in this belonging is a matter of believing we do. Believing what? Christ’s gospel and not some alternative based on wrongly ‘dividing the word of truth’.
Yet ‘Belonging’ in the Body is less a doctrinal position and more a state of being – of being one with God – one with God because separation is finished, the law is undone and you and our Father are one in the person of Jesus Christ. Living in what Jesus has done and in our Father and who Father is towards us, and who we are towards God in His Gospel is more beneficial than a private gospel of the kind Paul named as ‘another gospel.’ Thomas Torrance writes,
EMBRACING THE UNION THAT US
“It was in accordance with that embodied nature of the Word and truth of the Gospel that Irenaeus thought of the Church. As the Body of Christ the Church embodies ‘the union and communion between God and man’ brought about through the incarnation of the Lord and the atoning redemption he effected for all mankind. And as such it continues to embody the deposit of faith or the saving truth of the Gospel as the God-given source of its renewal and the inner secret of its identity and continuity in space and time.” (1)
The issue between God and human beings is not moralism and neither is it the keeping of the law. The issue is ‘Will you receive the union with God that is yours that the cross has let loose?’
Either Christ is our life or we are.
RELATIONSHIP REAL AND IMAGINED
As in human relationships there are degrees of union with God that vary in fullness and intensity. I had a friend who claimed that Gina (not her real name) was his girl-friend, yet he never spoke to her on campus or related to her by sitting with her, holding hands or going on dates. There are married people who live together even though their marriage is well and truly dead. And there are others who are one in spirit, soul and body who glow in their relationship.
BRIDE OF CHRIST
As Believers we are married to Jesus. We are the new Eve who came out of His side at the cross. We are part of the new Adam Just as the first Eve was part of Adam’s body. As the church we complete Jesus because we are part of His life and person. This is the more substantial meaning of the Body of Christ – spirit of His Spirit and flesh of His flesh.
Here's the mystery of Godliness: By knowing this and living in it we become His life as our real selves. Christ our life is our real glory now and forever.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Trinitarian Faith: The Evangelical Theology of the Ancient Catholic Church (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 261). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.