In declaring that ‘Christ in us is the hope of glory’, Paul was building on what Jesus had already proclaimed: Himself as the way, the truth and the life. Here Jesus is billed as life Himself in every way – life resulting from the forgiveness of sins and life arising from the divine life of the person of Jesus living in our spirit, soul and body.
OUR BEING HEALED
Jesus is life Himself – life in every possible way, so that when He heals, he heals physical maladies, soul sickness arising from guilt and the separation that Satan manufactured between ourselves and God.
We are sons of God. We were like gods all along. But now in Jesus our self-induced separation from God is annulled by the man Christ Jesus and we have union with God in spirit and truth. Because Christ is our life we have what Jesus has: Union with Father. It is this healing that results from the indwelling of the trinity in our being. In the quote below Christian Kettler emphasises the health and well-being that is ours in the forgiveness of sins.
“Having seen “their faith,” Jesus pronounces the forgiveness of sins for the paralytic. To the onlookers, Jesus was certainly not meeting the “needs” of the paralysed man! But to prove that “the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,” the paralytic was physically healed (vv. 10–12). In contrast to much talk today about a “holistic” approach to salvation, Jesus seems to give a priority to the forgiveness of sins over meeting physical needs. Now, one must quickly say that the physical need was met in time, but not at the expense of the forgiveness of sins.”(1)
FATHER WOUND ELIMINATED
Someone could come to a church in the power of God and heal every disease in every person present. But unless they knew and lived in the reality that their sins were forgiven and their separation from God had been annulled, they would not be healed in their being. Their souls, spirits and bodies would still be crippled and in pain.
It is our union with God and the forgiveness of our sins that is the river of life in which we swim. There is reason to believe that when this is our lived reality – meaning life in the Spirit as distinct from a separated life in the law and religion that baptises us in a continual flow of heaven’s spirit and life that saturates us in a spirit of well-being.
Sin results from separation from God. The light of the world renders us enlightened and we see how to see in Jesus who is the light that enlightens every person, enabling us to see things as they are. In Forgiving sins, Jesus deals with our guilt and our separation from God. Forgiveness and separation are dealt with in the one person – this is my body given for you. But as they say, ‘wait, there’s more.’ Both Jesus and Paul insist that Jesus is our life – so that His whole, gracious and loving life becomes our life because He has ‘come in our flesh’.
In saying that ‘Christ is our life’ Paul did not mean that Christianity would be our life. He meant that the person of Jesus would live in you and impart His Spirit to your person.
CHRIST IN YOU, YOUR WELL-BEING
Jesus is not a new way of managing the abstraction of the law. He does not supervise and empower the law to be our life. He Himself and the trinity have become our life. They live in us, impart their forgiveness of sins to our being in real time and impart themselves to our persons so that we actually participate in the divine nature.
Christ is our life. If the law is our life Christ is not. Live in His Gospel and not some ‘Other Gospel.’
(1) Kettler, Christian D.. The Breadth and Depth of the Atonement: The Vicarious Humanity of Christ in the Church, the World, and the Self: Essays, 1990–2015 (p. 21). Pickwick Publications, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Kindle Edition.