Knowing words and definitions is not the same as ‘being.’ To be a son of God is to be incarnated with the fullness of God (the trinity). In this age following the cross we have the Lord’s Table as the constant reminder of the reality in which we can live. What is this reality? Christ as you. Incarnation and the eating of the bread and the wine have the same meaning: Christ becomes us is the reality.
NEW TESTAMENT BEING
Catholics have had a better handle on this than most protestants. While we need not believe that the emblems become the body of Christ we need to understand that the whole rite is meant to illustrate the state of being that applies in the new testament age: God transfuses your being so that you and God are one. The Lord’s Table is the sign that you and Father are one and that this state of being is how you are living your life. You are one with God rather than one with words. This anecdote illustrates what we are saying.
REALITY REALY IS CHRIST
“I thought this would be a rather amusing event, for a Roman Catholic priest and scholar to lead a bunch of Protestant academic-types in the Eucharist, so I went along to see what would happen, more than to worship. But this Roman Catholic priest was a man who lived in the presence of God and who allowed Christ to live his life through him, and it was an absolutely moving time of worship.” (1)
To live in the reality; to have ontological union with God, is quite different to living from words, definitions and positions. Shaped in the law this is what we are likely to do because what we would like to thing is our life is the letter – that kills. We can live in the law and produce all kinds of fictions to account for the difference between ourselves and those living in this union with God. Because if we are imprisoned in the old covenant and law – we are in separation.
We can persuade ourselves that we are part of the body of Christ when we are merely attached to some words. The completion of this anecdote makes this plainer.
“The other theologian said to the priest, “I did my PhD work in one of the finest PhD programs in North America.” (The person wrote a dissertation comparing and contrasting Karl Barth and Karl Rahner’s doctrine of the Trinity.) The theologian said to the priest, “I know how to manipulate the symbols of the faith, but you participate in the realities of the faith and I do not.” Seldom have I heard a more honest admission of the danger of being a Christian and compartmentalizing our life. We compartmentalize it and pretty soon, we’re just going through the motions of being a Christian rather than participating in the reality.” (2)
The reality is Christ and the reality is real when we are alive and incarnated with the trinity.
IN YOUR INHERITANCE
Live in your inheritance and not in Adam’s. We do not have to be Catholics to live in the fullness of God. But we do need to be living in the Son of God and not in the separation of Adam and Moses. The incarnation, Christ in you is the foundation of post cross life. If this is not our reality we have sadly missed the point. The anointing and the gifts will not fix this for the gifts and the fruits of the Spirit assume that for us this union with God is our reality.
REAL WHOLE PERSON APPROACH
To say that Christ is our life is to live in this new covenant reality of the trinity in us. This is a whole of life infilling; an igniting of every possible situation and time with the presence of God in us. No longer are certain places and certain times more sacred and ‘infilled’ than any other. The whole of life is ignited with the presence of God through you and through the sons of God living as sons instead of workers. This is a holistic manifestation of life. No longer a contractual and formulaic bargain you make with God to get something from God.
There’s no holism in the law – the notion that there is, is a contradiction and a nonsense. The one true holistic life is Christ’s life as ours.
“What Torrance means by his holism at this point is that Christ’s presence, the power of the Spirit, overshadows every aspect of our life. There is never a moment in any situation where we are set free from this glorious wonder of the God of the universe who has chosen to inhabit us and make our lives God’s dwelling place, to live God’s life through us, and shed abroad in this broken world something of the mystery of what it means to be a Christian.” (3)
There is a sacrament and a holiness of God. It is you. You are holy because God is holy and the sacrament is you living your life because God is in you manifesting His Spirit as you.