A few years ago I perceived that Paul’s phrase, ‘Christ your life’ is the heart of the gospel of the Kingdom and the new covenant truth of Christ in us, Christ as us and Christ for us. Theologians call this the vicarious humanity of Christ. Jesus is both God to you and you to God.
We can talk as much as we like about fathering children. But if we are a eunuch our talk is just talk. It has no veracity in actual life. Making a claim to belong to the Body of Christ is not potent if what we are claiming is merely notional because we are actually living in old covenant separation, but asserting union. Kingdom potency results from our new covenant union with God. Or not.
The union (worship) that counts, as Jesus taught, is union in spirit and in truth. Such union is ours when we have embraced Him as our life. Our inheritance is profoundly personal, relational and incarnational. The incarnation is the core of your life personally. It is the essence of the new creation Kingdom of God. This was the plan and this is the means of God’s life becoming the life of all of us.
‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14,20. This union is always ours. But it is effectively and usefully ours when we realize it and live in it.
There are many fruits of the incarnation. One I advance frequently is that Jesus’ life is expressed through us. His expression in us collectively is called the church and it’s effect on social life is the new creation in spirit and in reality.
Probably the best aspect of Christ our life is the fact that Jesus’ life is fully our connection, relationship and at-one-ment with God. He is the REPLACEMENT for all our efforts to relate to God, to be consistent with God, to treat Him as God and to please God. No wonder He is our peace and our rest! No wonder the spirit of anti-christ attempts to diminish Him and what He does for us.
This example given by J Baxter Kruger tells of a vision Jesus gave a young girl while he was teaching about the truth of the fact that Jesus is in all things the vicarious minister and go-between between ourselves and God. The girl said,
‘God gave me a vision. I saw God sitting on a throne. And there were all of these steps leading up to his throne. And there were people. hundreds and hundreds of people on the steps. We were all trying to get to God. But none of us could make it. We kept falling. And we could not get to God. And we were all sad. And then I saw Jesus. He walked over and gathered us all up in his arms and he walked up the steps and put us in the Father’s lap.’
That’s it. Despite our fitful attempts to please God or ‘keep close to Jesus’ He is with us and in us. Because of this we are in our Father. He has come in our flesh and lives in our being. But also, because He is a human being and the Son of God His relationship is our relationship. We have been placed in Father’s heart. This is our home. Because Jesus and Father are one, we and Father are one. This is the reality and the spirit of Sonship. This is the source of our peace and the fountain of life that flows from our being.
The paradox of Kingdom life is that the more we look to ourselves to please God the less we please Him and the less we are ourselves. ‘The law,’ as is all religious work is about attempting to make ourselves worthy. But the more we strive to take control of our self-worth, the more we insulate ourselves from the union with God and the spirit-life that is already ours. You already have union with God. None can take that away from you - except you. And even then you have not lost it. Just lost sight of it because of your faulty mindset. A mindset that is out of sync with the mind of Christ.
Should we be in the law, we are not in the new covenant. If we are in the new covenant, we are so because Christ is our life. New covenant union and life in the Spirit is synonymous. This is Kingdom living in spirit and truth.
INTER-WOVENESS OF BEING
J B Torrance writes, “When we see that the worship and mission of the church are the gift of participating through the Holy Spirit in the incarnate Son’s communion with the Father and the Son’s mission from the Father to the world, that the unique center of the Bible is Jesus Christ .. then the doctrines of the Trinity, the Incarnation, the atonement, the ministry of the Spirit.. all unfold from that center.”
This is to say that we grow in knowing God, know ourselves and enter genuine community with each other when we live from the truth that we and our Father are one.