Stephen Morrison highlights this important theme in Thomas Torrance’s explication of Christ’s life for us, which is the vicarious humanity of Jesus.
CHRIST YOUR LIFE
“Jesus lived as a human united to His Father, reconciling our humanity to God
through His vicarious life of perfect faith, obedience, and prayer. The Christian life in all its aspects has been taken up in His life lived in our name and on our behalf. Our faith is understood rightly as an echo within His faith, sustained and made perfect in Him. We are set free from the burden of
looking over our shoulders and worrying if we have "enough" faith, what little faith we have has been taken up and perfected in Christ.” (p. 151, T. F Torrance in Plain English.’)
Some people think ‘Christ our life’ is something and nothing. Actually Christ subverted to the law is nothing masquerading as something, with people clutching at denominational icons as if they have substance.
The main advantage of life in the Spirit is that we can see spiritually. Believing that we can ‘see’ because we have a gift or two is an evidence that we don't see spiritual reality very much at all.
Christ for us and as us is life in the Spirit. You can operate slightly in the ‘gifts’ and think you are in the Spirit when you are not. ‘In the Spirit’ means you have done with the law because God is done with it. You now live in the richness of His life as your life in company with the trinity.
IN HIM AND WITH HIM
God is not somewhere else. We are not separate from God. We are part of Christ and as such part of God by origin and by redemption. Jesus urges us to ‘Realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NIV.
There’s no dualism here. You are both yourself and one with Christ who as Paul says, ‘Is our life.’
Jesus as our mediator and complete representation towards God enables us to be ourselves as well as persons who are becoming more and more who we actually are in our individuality and sonship. The vicarious humanity of Jesus is none other than the living-out of the grace of God in the agency of Jesus and Holy Spirit.
YOUR REAL SELF AND NOT A PHANTOM OF YOU
Our life in God is a unique fellowship in which we are one with God and ever becoming our real and true selves in the person of Jesus. His life is our life and our life is His. This is so different to the contract that many attempt to live in order to warrant acceptance and union with God. We already have this union and we possess it on an ongoing basis in the person of Jesus who ‘is us’. As has been accurately noted,
‘Salvation is not a transaction between us and God wherein we give God our repentance and faith and, in return, God gives us salvation. According to Torrance, viewing salvation as a transaction places us in a legalistic bind---throwing us back upon ourselves to muster up the right amount of faith and repentance.’
Jesus is entirely and absolutely our union with God in person. So be done with the talk of ‘keeping close to Jesus’ which is a subtle legalism. Agree with Jesus that He is your life. You will be in the Spirit, you will be alive and you will not be religious.