His life as your life


Should we be so fortunate to know that Christ is our life and have known it for a long time we will have made solid advances into Godliness. Godliness defined as the spirit of sonship. Should we not heard of it or only heard of this recently it is likely that we will have spent much of our journey seeking life through ‘us our life’ and finding that in this quest we never really came alive. Or in some cases we are believing that we are alive when in terms of spirit and life – the only real life – we are dead men talking.


Being dead men and women walking is pretty much part of the journey as a human being. This prepares us to make the eventual transition into fullness when we become aware of the emptiness of this ‘way.’ God is with us when we are walking in religion and continually drawing us beyond ourselves and the culture of Adam and Moses to a life in Himself where we can know Him as He is and ourselves as we are and are becoming.
A perceptive friend noticed that those who are aware of their flawed nature are better off than those whose confidence knows no bounds. Sadly the self-made man is too often the Hollow Man.
Muffled in the pre-cross culture of Adam we are both worse than we think and better than we imagine. Our understanding of our carnality is dim and our perception of our sonship in Father is not yet seen. Being confused by religion we may be unaware of the spiritual drollness of our utterances and that they are without spirit and life. We may also be unable to think of ourselves as the sons of God, who we are, because as yet Christ is not our life and we do not know that to see Him is to see ourselves and to know Him is to know ourselves in Him, in the company of the trinity.


The issue of Jesus in God, God in Jesus, Jesus in us and us in the fellowship of God was the focus of discussion by the Church Fathers at the Council of Nicaea. Thomas Torrance observes, “[The Nicaean] the Creed stresses the stark reality and actuality of his humanity: it was for our sakes that God became man, for us and for our salvation, so that it is from a soteriological perspective that we must seek to understand the human agency and life of Jesus Christ. He came to take our place, in all our human, earthly life and activity, in order that we may have his place as God’s beloved children, in all our human and earthly life and activity, sharing with Jesus in the communion of God’s own life and love as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” (1) He’s means we share in the being of Jesus.

The scandal of the real Gospel of the Kingdom is that Christ becomes you. The mystery of this gospel is that the Christ of God remains Himself and that the sons of God grow into their true selves.
When Christ is our life the real identity of you and the identity of God is continually revealed in new vistas of glory.


Luther called this the Great Exchange. Today it is called the vicarious humanity of Jesus, meaning that Jesus is our representative towards God and God’s representative towards us in every possible way. In Jesus we and our Father are one. This is the basis of your life and the life of the church. To live in this is to have the mind of Christ, of our Father and Holy Spirit. This is what it means to belong to the One Loaf and to be interwoven and one with the Bread that came down from heaven.
You are part of Christ as a state of being. Not part of Him in a mindset of separation. This is why we must lay hold of God’s truth and dispose of partisan opinions that leave us in old covenant separation with a stunted spirit and pinched soul. Should we comfort ourselves in a false identity we are like the miser who has a handsome bank balance yet is never wealthy because he lives in pinched-poverty as a human being. We are the sons of God in spirit and truth when Christ is our life. This is the teaching of Jesus, Paul and John: The apostle’s doctrine – the eating of Christ’s flesh and drinking of His blood that manifests Christ as you and as all who so believe.

(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Trinitarian Faith: The Evangelical Theology of the Ancient Catholic Church (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 8). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.