The other day a friend wrote on Facebook of a vision. A vision of a resurrected Jesus and resurrected church. This was a resurrection in progress. This resurrection is both Jesus’ resurrection and His resurrection as the Body community of the church. Thanks to the scholarship and teaching of apostolic theologians, the truth is getting out that we do not live in separation from God. Not at all. There is no dualism in our relationship with God or in the life of God. We have been made one with our Father and His life is our presentation to the world.
CHRIST IN US
Recently I wrote of the limitless nature of grace and how the essence of grace is incarnation. Incarnation means that Jesus not only came among us to grace us with His life. He followed up at Pentecost to be our life. We are graced with a life that is not ours as though it is. We are graced with Jesus’ relationship to His Father. As a result you are able to live a targeted and fruitful witness in spirit and life because you always do what Father is doing.
“You will make me full of joy in Your presence. Jesus says that it is the Father that will make Him full of joy in His presence. We share this destiny with Him. Our Father will make us full of joy in His presence as well. As we grasp in faith the Reality of Christ’s Finished Work on our behalf, we enter into the rest that Jesus is now enjoying.” (1)
Christ is neither bringing us together with Himself or waiting for us to get our act together. We are together. We are in God and God is in us with rejoicing. Rather than being contained in strictures and moralism, we are part of the being of God. We are daughters and sons interwoven with infinity. As a result our being and every action is filled with spirit and life. No longer need we cast around to find an article to fill a dead-line or think up a topic to fill a conference time-slot. As daughters and sons we will minister from our sonship – from the spirit and life that is Father manifesting in us. We have eaten His flesh and have drunk His blood – our spirits have ingested Him and He has come to reveal Himself in our flesh.
(1) McIntyre, Joe. Throne Life: Sharing Christ's Throne (Kindle Locations 532-535). Empowering Grace Ministries. Kindle Edition.