His life as your life


Paul captured the essence of the post cross age when he penned this definition of grace: ‘Christ in you’. He was speaking of the incarnation, not as a doctrine but as the living reality of you as a manifestation of the triune God.
John was even more cryptic, urging that no dilution be accepted and no separation be accommodated to. Capturing the subtlety of the mystery of iniquity and its unrelenting ploys against fullness in Christ John wrote, ‘I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world.

Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist’ 2 John 1.7 NIV. Many of us are accustomed to reading these words as if they are referring to occult beings and demonic peepings and mutterings. The real application is a warning against the subversion of the incarnation and its replacement of Christ our life with ‘us our life,’ meaning the law and religion. The perceptive will see such replacement for what it is: The fall extended.


The mystery of iniquity lives to subvert Father and undo sonship. The mystery of Godliness reveals Father’s goodness and our glory as sons of God. In Jesus you become who you really are. You are revealed as your true self in the I AM of Father and the expression of the Son. Frank Viola writes,

I speak to you as my brothers and sisters in Christ, and I implore you to see the unseen. That the Holy Spirit would reveal to you this incomparable Christ. And to know that this eternal, limitless, incarnated, perfect, crucified, resurrected, ascended, enthroned, glorified, triumphant, victorious, matchless, glorious Christ . . . dwells inside of you. And that is the mystery of the ages hidden in God from before time. That the living God would impart His own life into a creature not yet created. And dear Christian, here you are. But that’s not all. There are three words in Colossians 3. And those three words contain the universe: “Christ our life.” Sisters and brothers: This Christ not only dwells in you. But you have been given the privilege, the right, and the high-calling to live by His life.” (1)

This is grace. This is the gospel of the Kingdom. This is the one unalterable and authentic expression of the plan and the will of God for you and for us all.

(1) Viola, Frank. Epic Jesus: The Christ You Never Knew . Loc 304, Present Testimony Ministry. Kindle Edition.