It makes a big difference whether we decide that the law is the expression of God’s character or alternatively that Jesus Christ is the full and exclusive expression of God. When Christ is our life, which is to say incarnated as us, we are the expression of Jesus.
REALITY IS PERSONAL
Firstly the law is an abstraction and the Christ is a person who is both human and divine. Christ in you is dramatically different in quality to the law in you. It is this Spirit of God – the Spirit of your origins that makes you alive and aware. It is for this reason that those incarnated with the Living Word are sharp with discernment and those who have retained themselves in the law are dull with cataracts in their eyes.
REALITY IS CHRIST
Secondly belief in Jesus Christ as God in completeness means that Christ in us is the same as The Father in us. ‘In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form’ and ‘The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being.’ Jesus tells us that we will never be orphans since by the Spirit He will personally be with us and in us. In John 14.20 Jesus says ‘I am in you and you are in me’. This is union with God. There is nothing about the law here. But there is everything about Christ being in us and becoming part of our being. This is what we mean by the incarnation. This is life in the Spirit and is distinct from life in the gifts. The gifts and the anointing are a function of the incarnation. But the incarnation is not a function of the gifts.
GOD WITH AND IN US
The facts of the incarnation are these. Jesus Christ who is fully God was born of Mary as Jesus of Nazareth who was fully a man of Palestine. The Son of God came in human flesh and in so doing joined Humanity in His own Person to God.
In the outpouring of the Spirit at Pentecost Jesus Christ entered human beings and they became filled with the fullness of the God-head bodily. It is this life of God, this agency of the trinity welling up in you and all of us that is the new creation life – life that is personal, communal and infinite. This is not just eternal life. It is the life of God in you as the Holy Family and the life of God nurturing you as Father to son. The first part of the incarnation was Christ come among human beings. The second and most amazing part is Christ come in you. More astonishing even than this is Christ manifest as you.
“The primary and all-embracing significance of the homoousion [oneness of Jesus with the Father] was its categorical assertion that Jesus Christ is God, and that as God he shares equally with the Father in the one being of the Godhead. As the only begotten Son of the Father he is the embodiment of the whole being of God and his exclusive self-revelation as the Word made flesh.” (1)
As such Christ incarnated in you makes you the living embodiment of a son of God. You are graced with His life not only in forgiveness but in sonship. The Spirit of sonship has no association with the law. It is the expression of the reality that you and our Father are one because Christ who is one with the Father is your life.
By living in externalities like the law and religion, we negate the incarnation and live in separation from God. But separation is precisely what God in Christ has undone. In Jesus Adamic/Mosaic separation is no more – unless you insist that it is. Our reality is the product of the narrative we adopt. Should we have a lesser gospel that negates the incarnation we cannot meaningfully be the Body of Christ.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Trinitarian Faith: The Evangelical Theology of the Ancient Catholic Church (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 133). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.