“Christianity’s unique trump card is always and forever incarnation. This is why the only heresies that have been condemned in every century under different names are those that sought to deny the Incarnation, or undermine it.” (1)
THE INCARNATION: At times we have less denied it and more side-lined it. Side-lined the incarnation with some doctrinal conceit or partisan rationalisation designed to add to ourselves and our status. Or an attempt to carve out an identity and a claim to some uniqueness. The most unsubtle denials of the incarnation are reversions to the law caused by a refusal to enter the new covenant (which is pure incarnation) – where Jesus becomes us because Jesus has come in our flesh.
SIDE-STEPPING THE POINT
A common example of this is the reinterpretation of the parable of the sower to mean a concerted rooting out of sin. But actually this parable is about the poor state of the garden when we are not rooted in the incarnation. In any case the focus of the Kingdom is not sin and sin management. The focus is life to the full, the Fatherhood of God and the sonship of you. We enter this sonship in Jesus. Jesus lived in His Father and was one with His Father. In Jesus, you and Father are one.
We have a tenuous connection with the Body of Christ if we deny the incarnation. Where there is no incarnation there is no Christianity and no Kingdom of God - just a husk.
LIFE TO THE FULL
Some love to bleat about not enough emphasis on sin. They do so as a result of their life-long indoctrination in a form of godliness that is the knowledge of good and evil extended. Jesus presented Himself as life to the full – the source of all that is abundant and generous. The new testament was never about a religious routine or ‘sin management’. It’s simply Christ as you.
Current theological advances are never a reduction of our inheritance or a subversion of healing and holiness by a covert undoing of the cross. They are a re-discovery and an unearthing of the treasure in the field that was always there. The focus of the best current teaching is incarnation, the oneness of the Believer with God, along with the vicarious humanity of Jesus for individuals and the human race.
Thomas Keeting wrote, “We rarely think of the air we breathe, yet it is in us and around us all the time. In similar fashion, the presence of God penetrates us, is all around us, is always embracing us.” This is the position from which you are privileged to live – your life adventure. The most vital manifestation of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is you.