WHAT GOSPEL IS THAT..
Any formulation and practise of the gospel that is not CHRIST OUR LIFE is an insipid shadow of the inheritance that is ours as a Kingdom of daughters and sons. In fact we are not sons in spirit and in truth if we are not living out of the incarnation but attempting a ‘try-harder’ religion or some kind of a belief system.
The authentic gospel is the teaching of Jesus and the apostles. Yet this is more than a ‘teaching.’ It’s a state of being in which we are in God and God is in us.
There are of course beliefs about the truth. There are as Jesus warned the tares of false gospels and the charades of ‘other gospels’ that Paul urged us to watch out for. Then there is the truth in its simplicity that Jesus named THE WAY and Paul called, ‘Christ our life.’
Those who have experienced the presence of Holy Spirit will know that Jesus is alive and active among us today. Similarly because of the incarnation God as trinity is in us and with us. This reality is called Christ come in our flesh.
REAL AND CONCRETE
Thomas Torrance observes that, “Everything pivots upon the downright act of God himself in Christ, that act of God takes the concrete form of the actual historical man Jesus. As St Paul had expressed it: ‘God our Saviour desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a ransom for all.’ For Athanasius this meant that the mediation of Christ involved a twofold movement, from God to man and from man to God, and that both divine and human activity in Christ must be regarded as issuing from one Person.” (1)
That ‘one person’ is of course Christ in you. The issue of the ages was never the law and the keeping of it. It has always the Fatherhood of God and the sonship of you and of us all. The only real law and the law that has ever been is God incarnated in His people and in the creation. Paul calls this ‘the law of the spirit of life’ which is none other than the person of Jesus Christ and our relationship with God and the cosmos.
When in Ephesians Paul talks of the Christ drawing all things into Himself he’s not talking about religion or church. He means that God in Christ is drawing us and the creation into union with Himself in order that it may become what it is meant to be: A manifestation of the glory of God, the glory of humanity and the glory of creation.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Trinitarian Faith: The Evangelical Theology of the Ancient Catholic Church (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (pp. 148-149). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.