His life as your life


Jesus is your life in every possible way. There is no link between you and God, you and eternal life, you and His spirit and life that you must forge yourself. Jesus represents you and more. He fills you with His Person. He comes in your flesh to manifest in your spirit, soul and body. In Jesus you and Father are one because you have Jesus’ relationship with His Father. You and our Father are one.

The essence of new covenant life – the life that replaces all pre-cross conditions – is that Christ’s life is your life; that He lives in you by the Holy Spirit; that you belong in the Family of God and that as sons and daughters you are a daily manifestation of God. Your part is to say ‘I agree.’ Your adventure is to exult in Jesus’ life as your life. Sure, he invests you with His character, sure He is your forgiveness and grace. But more than this He is your constant revelation of who and what life is in spirit and in truth. No religious-twisted notions of life for you. You have God’s life and God’s definition of life to the full in yourself and your becoming.

Either Christ is our life or we have not entered His life and are taking ‘comfort’ in our darkness.

“The foundational truth that makes the gospel good news to us, without which there is no good news at all, is the connection, the objective union between Jesus Christ and the human race. That connection means that one died for all; therefore all died. That objective union means that the death of Christ was our death; that there and then in Jesus Christ the human race was crucified, dead and buried; that on the Cross of Calvary our disease, our estrangement, our alienation, our flesh, were crucified.

Paul saw it. He saw that Adam's fall and ours, Adam's alienation and ours, Adam's sin and ours, were called to an abrupt end, that there and then in Jesus Christ it was all put to death. And then Paul saw the resurrection. If we were united with Jesus Christ in his death, what happened to us in Jesus' resurrection?

Listen to what Peter says: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (l PET 1:3). Jesus Christ died, and Jesus Christ rose again from the deacon Easter Sunday morning. The heart of the gospel is the news that in his death and resurrection, something was happening to you and to me and to the human race.

When he died, we died. And when he rose, we rose again to new life, there and then 2000 years ago. Listen to how Paul describes it in Ephesians 2.

‘But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus’ (EPH 2:4-6).”

(1) C Baxster Kruger. Jesus and the Undoing of Adam, Kindle loc.577.