LIVE PERSON LIVING
The entire human race has been offered salvation in Jesus Christ. ‘There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit’ Rom 8.1 NIV. All may access and avail themselves of this salvation by believing in Jesus, for to believe in Jesus is to be in Him, to be in His life and in His union and communion with Father and Holy Spirit.
Believing in Jesus means believing in the Christ of God – not a self-invented christ. Believing in Jesus means embracing His gospel and the apostles doctrine, not a self-invented ‘other gospel. It means that our life in Adam is ended and our life in Jesus has begun and is continuing in the adventure of our own unfolding glory as expressions of Jesus Christ. It means that we do not live in the law because the law was part of the structure of the knowledge of good and evil and our separation from God. It means that instead of this, Christ is our life and because of Him the indwelling trinity in our being is our life so that we become sons of God in spirit and in truth. In truth, because we live our lives in the spirit of sonship.
YOU - A LIVING WORD
In the law the spirit of sonship is a dead letter. In the Spirit of Christ it is a living letter and you reign in life as a son and as a ‘living word’. Christ has come in your flesh.
Believing in the truth means following Christ’s narrative and not a narrative concocted as a cunningly devised fable. Don’t insinuate that Jesus must repent of His Gospel so that you can continue in yours. He is the light of the world and your light.
WALK IN IT
We must actualise this life in Christ by agreeing that Christ is our way, our truth and our life. Christ is our life when we believe He is our life. He is our life in principal before we believe but our life in Spirit and in Truth when we personally agree and assent to His life being our life – the vicarious humanity of Jesus. Jesus is both God in us and redeemed humanity in us: The incarnation of Christ and all He represents. Thomas Torrance writes,
“The Church may be described as the place in space and time where knowledge of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit becomes grounded in humanity, and union and communion with the Holy Trinity becomes embodied within the human race”.(1)
‘You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts’ 2 Cor 3.3 NIV. In the Spirit you are a manifestation of Christ.
Membership of Christ’s Body and membership of the church Jesus builds without human hands is ours in spirit and in truth when we agree that Christ is our life and live from the reality of His person for us, in us and as us.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Trinitarian Faith: The Evangelical Theology of the Ancient Catholic Church (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (pp. 256-257). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.