CHRIST YOUR LIFE

His life as your life

THERE'S NO SPLIT REALITY IN WHICH TO LIVE

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It’s the fact that Jesus Christ is one with God in fullness that unites us with the fullness of God. Jesus is not less than God. As the Christ He is fully God and one in nature with Him.

This is to say that in Jesus Christ who is one with us and in us as a human being, we are made one with His fellowship with Father and Holy Spirit in the Holy Family. This is the finished work of the at-one-ment and the on-going agency of the incarnation. An incarnation that is actualised by the presence of Holy Spirit with us and in us. As humans ‘Godness’ permeates our being because we are sons of God by origin, by redemption and by nature as the sons of God.

God is never somewhere else. His not absent in
Mt Gerizim and present in Jerusalem or more present on the Sabbath than He is on Monday. He’s not more ‘present’ in a praise and worship service than He is with you at the clothesline. God in fullness is always with you and in you.

IT'S NOT
DUALISTIC

In my youth I felt that when in nature I needed to have my Bible in order to refer to a scripture. Maybe. That was a dualistic view of God and ourselves. God is in you and incarnated in the creation. This is not pantheism. It’s the way it is. Non-believers can recognise the presence in nature even if they do not believe in God. God speaks through His creation but He speaks the most clearly through His Son. If you have moved from religion to Christ your life, He will be in you as a witness and a teacher in every moment and season of your life. Your daily life will be a book of life.

PART OF GOD

In Christ we are woven into God’s being and God is woven into us. Christ our life means that Christ is our life – in every way. Jesus commanded us to be filled with Holy Spirit because The Spirit is the agent of all that God accomplished in Christ for us. Also because the works and signs that Jesus manifested are ours in the power of the Spirit.

Wholeness and holiness are not an endless effort. We are holy because God is holy and woven into our being.

REAL FRUIT

We can rest in the fact that God is in us, incarnated in our person witnessing continually to His reality, His purposes and our ‘mission’ as ourselves. The “mission” of the church is not something separate to us or something owned by institutions. The most fruitful form of mission is you as yourself in Christ, living out the Spirit of Sonship, doing what Father and Jesus is doing now because YOU ARE THE EXPRESSION OF THEM.


Your individuality is not submerged in them. Rather, your uniqueness as a person and a son shines as you are hidden in God as Paul says,
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.’ Read this in the Jesus lens and not in the passé old covenant separationist lens and you will have the correct meaning. You are in God and God is in you.


This is the key to real Godliness and effective witness.


‘Realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ and ‘I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.’ We cannot manufacture this kind of union. We already have it. We are not able to fabricate community by good intentions. We possess it as we live in community itself – which is to say to live in the trinity. The reality you live in is the reality that has been embraced by the minds eye. In the mind of Christ you are established in the truth which is God’s reality.


A UNITY


Life with the gifts should not be detached from the fruit of the cross, which is union with God, meaning fellowship with the trinity. The Spirit of God is both God as God and simultaneously God as Holy Spirit and the person of Christ. By the
One Spirit , which is a state of being of the new covenant, we live, act and have our being in the living presence and persons of God, while flourishing as ourselves.


“Thomas Torrance urges us to notice that, “
The Spirit of God is not the emission of some divine force detachable from God but the confrontation of human beings and their affairs with his own Self in which he brings the impact of his divine power and holiness to bear directly and personally upon their lives.” (1)


God’s self is with you and part of you. This is you in the comfort of His presence and the freedom of being yourself in spirit and in truth as minister of His spirit and life.


(1)Torrance, Thomas F.. The Trinitarian Faith: The Evangelical Theology of the Ancient Catholic Church (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 192). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.