His life as your life


The first thing to learn about having a relationship with Father is that in ourselves, we cannot do it. ‘God works’, ‘God rites’ and good deeds will not construct it. It’s not about holy places and holy days. Jesus is our relationship with God and is our relationship with ourselves and with each other.
The gospel does not start with an abstract holiness. Neither is it found in abstract definitions. This is about Christ’s face to face relationship with the Father that becomes our relationship with our Father. This is intimacy, relationship and union.
‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NIV.
John 14.20 is the crux of post cross life and the foundation of the new creation Kingdom of God. We have a relationship with God that us unclouded and undimmed by efforts of our own. Dragging remnants of the pre-cross life and adding them to the gospel dims and suffocates the union you already possess.
We have a union with God THAT JUST IS.
We have a togetherness with God that is more than close proximity. This is a togetherness in which each is part of the other and woven into the other. It’s the kind of relationship of which the mystics speak and live - a relationship that is a union of being. The Lord’s Table is rightly called Holy Communion because it is the sign and reminder that the communion that the trinity have with each other is our communion.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them’ John 6.56 NIV.
What is ‘eating Him?’ It allowing the being of Christ to be your being. It’s agreeing that this is so. It’s not about achieving this. It already is. Just live it.
The fall has blinded the human race to who God is and who we are. Jesus undoes the fall. As the light He reveals who Father is and who we are. A church routine will not undo this blindness. Christ as our light will. Jesus is our light when we embrace Him. We are not receiving Him into our life. In the cross and the Spirit we have been received into His life.
Life is not found in information about God or Christ. Life is found when we enter that union with God that is ours by right in Jesus. Our spirit becomes alive and our eyes see the light as we enter the relationship with Father that Jesus has with Father. This is why the belief that we belong to the Body of Christ by definition is a grievous folly. It’s not an arrangement of words or a positional assent that makes us one. It’s a state of being that is yours that has become your possession because in the being of Jesus you have gained the relationship that exists between Jesus and Father as your own.
This post has been made from notes taken by this talk given by theologian
C Baxster Kruger.