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ENFOLDED IN GOD YOU ARE BEING HEALED AND GLORIFIED

To be baptised into Christ is to be baptised into His person. Baptised into His person we are baptised into the Trinitarian Communion that is God.

This is baptism into union with Him – never baptism into Christianity. You have a oneness with Christ that is of God and in you. The inheritance of the cross is incarnation – the weaving of the self into God and God into us. This is the achievement of the divine enterprise.

‘For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation’ 2 Cor 5.19 NIV.

ABSORBED INTO GOD’S UNION

The message of reconciliation is much more than forgiveness and forensic acquittal. It is the enfolding of humanity in the triune God. We have been baptised into Christ’s baptism as Thomas Torrance explains. “The Baptism with which he was baptised was a Baptism of vicarious repentance for us which he brought to its completion on the Cross where he was stricken and smitten of God for our sakes, by whose stripes we are healed. He had laid hold of us even in the depths of our human soul and mind where we are alienated from God and are at enmity with him, and altered them from within and from below in radical and complete metanoia, a repentant restructuring of our carnal mind, as St Paul called it, and a converting of it into a spiritual mind.” (1)

HIS LIFE IS OURS

It's better to have the mind of Christ than the mind of religion which has a compulsion to make oneness with Christ something that we manufacture and earn by stuff we believe and do. Not for nothing did Paul call such attempt dung (Phil 3.8). One might be saved by being a Christian but one is not made a son of God overflowing with spirit and life by being a Christian. This happens by Christ as you.

(1) Thomas Torrance, The Mediation of Christ, p85,