His life as your life


Belonging to the Body of Christ implies belief in Jesus as our life. It means union with God, which is incarnation, meaning the trinity in us, from which it follows that the spirit of sonship is ours by inclusion in the One Spirit. In the last post we saw that the Lord’s Table is the sign and reminder of Kingdom Life.
Just as food becomes you, so God becomes you by the Spirit. The new testament or covenant is new in every way, having nothing to do with the law but everything to do with a Godly Life in sons who are sons in spirit and in truth because they are part of God. The foundation of new testament life was never the law of Moses and neither is it Christian Morality. The foundation is Christ your life. The incarnation is the foundation and new and living way of post cross life and the life of the Kingdom of God and God’s Sons and Daughters.
‘..You will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NIV.
Legalistic fundamentalisms are words and beliefs stripped of life and potency because they are fragments of the law and the letter that kills. Life in Adam with a ‘Jesus gloss’ is not bereft of grace. It’s just that it is drops of living water rather than rivers of spirit and life. So lets not persuade ourselves that just because we have experienced some grace we have entered fullness of life.
Life in the Spirit has substance. It was exemplified first in Jesus and is not manifested in us. The meaning of the words ‘Body of Christ’ is not just a proposition of the kind Paul alluded to when he emphasized that circumcision was not merely of the flesh but of the heart. It is solid because it is Christ come in you. It is a state of being that is ours because we have received and lived from the Lord’s Table, and from the treasure in the field, which is that we and Father are one in fellowship with the trinity. It’s not a legalistic datum. It’s a fact of relationship in which the trinity lives in us and we in the Holy Family.
‘Holiness’ as it relates to God is not about a preoccupation with morality, although God is of course righteous and undoes our degradations. Holiness here refers to the unity and joy of the trinity in relation to themselves and to the whole. It should not surprise us that holiness is about our relationship of union with God, the self and others when we consider that the fall is the degradation of humanity that resulted from the lies that resulted in separation from God. The fabric of the culture that is the knowledge of good and evil is the system and culture that results from separation from God. It is separation. This is why we must not live in it as though we have something that is special or something to be proud of.
This should warn us that those who insist on the law as the issue of salvation and those who want to deny the trinity are fellow travelers in prolonging the fall and its effects on individual and social life. They live in abstractions and in denying the trinity make God into an abstraction.
Trinity is core because relationship is core and the gospel of the Kingdom is that
we are included in the Family of God.
Hence in so far as the Church continued through baptism and faith to be 'one and the same' with its apostolic foundation in Christ Jesus, and thus continued as the 'union and communion between God and man' to embody the truth of the Gospel in its empirical existence, it was bound to understand itself more and more as founded and rooted in the Holy Trinity.
It belongs to the very nature of the Church, therefore, constantly to confess belief in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, for it is the Church of the Triune God. In the words of St Paul: 'There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.'
The primary constitutive facts, then, are the one faith and one baptism, coordinated to the activity of the one Spirit, the one Lord and the one Father. The true Church is marked by its unity and holiness, and by its fidelity to the Holy Trinity. One Church is to be understood strictly in that context of belief in the Holy Trinity.” (1)
It follows that if everyone has their own gospel there is neither one body or one Spirit and no Kingdom of God.

(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Trinitarian Faith: The Evangelical Theology of the Ancient Catholic Church (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 263). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.