“The actuality of revelation and reconciliation as the ministry of God begins with Jesus Christ as the Son of God. Why not the Father? Why not the Holy Spirit? The incarnation of the Son makes the difference. The true “point of contact” between God and humanity is the man Christ Jesus.” (1)
CHANNELS OF LIFE
The point of contact between the world of non-belief and God is you and it is us with Christ as our life. Unless we are living an incarnated life, which all can because it is a gift, our charities have nothing to offer than the kindnesses that any non-believer might offer. Unless the spirit and life is flowing through us that comes from union with God is touching others we have no more of the Kingdom of God than the charitable atheist – better than nothing but not spirit and life. This is the point of Paul’s remarks in Romans 8. Alive in the Spirit we are alive with eternal life.
Our understanding of what the cross achieved affects the mission of the church. If we understand that the result of the cross is that we and Father are one, we will emit streams of life and not religion. Our life in God involves actual union and real companionship with the trinity and its members. One with God our mission has the correct focus, is always timely and offer those we meet a flow of spirit and life. Kettler observes,
“Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing” (John 5:19; Cf. John. 5:17,26,30,36; 6:37,44,57; 8:16,18,29; 10:18; 12:49). The revelation of the Son immediately becomes the revelation of the Father. There is a mutual knowledge between the Father and the Son: “No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him” (Matt 11:27). Clearly this passage shows that not only is the incarnation our access to the Son, but also that the incarnation of the Son truly reveals the Father.”
Just as clearly this union of Father and Son is your union with Father, Son and Holy Spirit. You are in fellowship with God and you minister to people by releasing to them spirit and life and not mere motions of the flesh.
(1) Kettler, Christian D.. The Breadth and Depth of the Atonement: The Vicarious Humanity of Christ in the Church, the World, and the Self: Essays, 1990–2015 (p. 5). Pickwick Publications, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Kindle Edition.
(2) Ibid. (p. 5). Pickwick Publications, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Kindle Edition.