His life as your life


As a Christian schooled in religion, you would have absorbed the notion that Godliness is the property of things we do. Grace, truth and righteousness are associated with the things we do but they are not Godliness. The pope is not righteous because he wears a white robe.

A Muslim woman is not holy because she wears a hijab and a Messianic Jew is not holy because he keeps the Sabbath. You are not even Godly because you are the local version of Mother Theresa. You are Godly because God in Christ and Holy Spirit has imbued Himself into your being.

This fact is the ground of our being and the soil of every good work.


The illusion since the fall and our indoctrination into the knowledge of good and evil is that we get to be like God by doing ‘good things.’ That’s the view of those who live in separation from God and are striving to demonstrate merit by their actions. This is why Jesus is our rest for human restlessness and not the Sabbath. In the Messiah, God has become our Godliness as a result of which we can rest from self-vindication of every Kind.


God has entered our being by His Spirit so that He can manifest as us and so that He can be our relationship between ourselves and God. This has been termed
the vicarious humanity of Jesus. But it is not just Jesus who is involved. In Jesus God is woven into our being and we are woven into God’s being. We and Father have become one. Thomas Torrance writes

“[The] holiness [of the church] does not derive from any moral goodness or purity of its members, but from the holiness of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The holiness of the Church is thus objectively grounded in the utterly transcendent holiness, glory and purity of God’s being.” (1) Yet it is this being that lives in you and lives in us. We are incarnated with His presence and God becomes our flesh. This is Godliness and the new and living way of being holy because God is holy.

(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Trinitarian Faith: The Evangelical Theology of the Ancient Catholic Church (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (pp. 280-281). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.