A RENTAL OR A HOME
In Christ the separation that Adam began was undone. There was no ‘body of Christ’ before the cross as there had been no Christ and no incarnation. The Body of Christ exists because Jesus manifests by the Spirit as His people. He does this to us as individuals. The community of such individuals is the Body of Christ.
A STATE OF BEING
If we live habitually from religion we condition ourselves to think of our life in God as an abstraction. But it’s more than a descriptive legality. We know that we can possess the legality of a marriage without enjoying a real marriage. Our union with Christ is a state of being. It’s a state of fellowship and belonging. Christ and the ‘who’ of His being is mediated to us by Christ. With Christ as our life we participate in Christ’s communion in the trinity.
Following the at-one-ment wrought by Jesus and the cross, human beings gained the companionship Jesus enjoyed with His Father and the fellowship that the members of the trinity enjoyed with each other. The Body of Christ is much more than a positional statement. It’s a description of our being in God and God’s being in us. Because we have been gifted union with God in Jesus we are both sons and the Bride of Christ.
Paul is at pains to explain our union with God because it’s the difference between living in a legality and union with God.
HAGAR AND SARAH
We can live with Hagar or we can live with the Free Woman in Christ. ‘Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children’ Gal 4.25 NIV. Hagar stands for those whose present inheritance is belonging in the Body of Christ but who do not live in this fullness. Not in fullness because they are in separation and slavery with Hagar. They have left their ‘talent’ in the ground because the law appears to them to have more substance to them than the Spirit – which is Christ your life.*
OBSCURING THE TRUTH
Should we ignore the apostles teaching we insulate ourselves from the life that is ours. By living in an old covenant mindset we obscure what it ours – like planting a fruit tree in our orchard without removing the polythene pot that it came in from the nursery.
What exactly is our possession? Our inheritance is union with God. This is the inheritance luxuriated in by the sons of the free woman but not experienced by the sons of the slave woman – not because they have no access but because they do not believe. The fall was abolished when Jesus cried, ‘It is finished.’ Separation and delusionary lies were finished. Our mission is to be channels of this ‘finished’ as rivers of living water whose water of life comes from our union with Christ and the triune God.
The state of being called ‘The Body of Christ’ assumes union with God as a result of our living in the atonement and incarnation. Paul called this Christ our life and John referred to it as Christ come in our flesh. It simply means oneness with God. The opposite to being the Body of Christ is the Body of death. This is us when we have imprisoned ourselves in the law and old covenant separation of Adam and Moses.
In this state we are not sons in spirit and in truth. Neither can we represent the Kingdom of God while agreeing with this blindness. It’s a sad thing to see Believers advocating Holy Spirit and the gifts when they do not live in the Spirit because they live in the law.
Some Believers do not know there is a new covenant and think godliness is doing everything they happen to read in the Bible. They do not know that the new testament in not just a division in the Bible but the account of Christ our life as opposed to the inferior status of Adam our death. The sad thing is that in this condition we do not know that we cannot see and are not aware that we are not alive. Sure we are fervently religious but we have no spirit and life.
‘For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive’ 1 Cor 15.22 NIV.
THE TWISTED TREE
Adam in a manner of speaking ‘sanctified’ the tree of the knowledge of good and evil making it a ‘way’ to a distorted mode of ‘godliness.’ The fruit of this tree ranges from naive non-life to malicious wickedness.
Jesus was crucified on this ‘tree’ but in doing so He turned this tree (the cross) into the tree of life. The cross is the line in space and time that separates, separation from God from union with God. Sadly many people and entire denominations have only placed a finger over the line or are still lingering in semi-death on Adam’s side of the cross.
WHY THE CROSS IS KEY
‘May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world’ Gal 6.14 NIV. Which world? The world of separated Adam, the world of distortion and half-truths, the world delusion and false gospels pretending to be true and the world where vested interested deny the life of God in the same manner is the wilfully blind deny climate change.
PHYSICAL CHRIST – SPIRITUAL BODY
‘In one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility’ Eph 2.16 NIV. What hostility? Hostility to life. What body? The body called ‘this is my body given for you.’
TOGTHERNESS AND BELONGING IN ONENESS WITH CHRIST
‘And through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross’ Col 1.20 NIV. What things? The undoing of all things separated from God by Satan’s lie, Adam’s fall and the money changers selling of other gospels.
The truth of the incarnation was established largely by Athanasius and established as sound doctrine in the community of faith by the Council of Nicaea. “Thomas Torrance observes that “It was characteristic of Athanasius that he conceived of the union between Christ and the members of his Body as established by incarnation and atonement, since.. for Athanasius atonement had to be understood as having taken place within the incarnate Person of Christ as the one Mediator between God and man.
CHRIST IS OUR BELONGING
What the Son of God became in his incarnation and what he has done for us in his redeeming activity are essentially one – that is why, Athanasius pointed out, the apostle spoke of the incarnation (ἐνανθρώπησιζ) of Christ and his high-priesthood (ἀρχιερωσύνη) as having functioned together. That is to say, ‘Christ in us’ and ‘Christ for us’ are completely interlocked in the oneness (ἕνωσιζ) that lies at the core of the Church as the Body of Christ.” This is about the Communion that is God becoming God’s union and communion with us.#
YOU CREATE YOUR REALITY
Satan succeeded in degrading man and the world by suggesting a false reality. We need to be clear on this because what is real for us is what we think is real even if the reality we have absorbed is a lie.
If we remain under the law - in the misunderstanding that our post cross life is the old covenant adjusted by Christ - the incarnation is neutralised. For us the Messiah has not come in any meaningful way as Paul warns in Galatians 2.21 when He declares that for such Believers Christ died for nothing.
In this doctrinal aberration, we have missed the point and the actuality of the gift of union with God and the infinite life that is Christ in us. We will have continued in our own way of separation, walking in the ‘great darkness’ that is the most successful Satanic ruse of the post cross age.
Reality is Christ – the Christ of God as revealed in the teaching of Jesus and the apostles. The reality that has been gifted to you is union with God.
* Life in the Spirit is not the gifts added on to the separation of the law and old covenant. Hagar and her sons define themselves out of their inheritance of union with God.
# To claim to belong to the Body of Christ while contained in the law as advocates of the law is an fundamental contradiction because the law is separation from God.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Trinitarian Faith: The Evangelical Theology of the Ancient Catholic Church (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 266). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.