ALIVE AND POTENT
The salvation that is ours is simpler, more accessible, more certain and more encompassing than many of us have thought. God’s grace is not only radical but not just ‘grace’ as a word or concept. His grace revealed is the incarnation of God’s life as our life.
Athanasius fought to establish the truth that Jesus Christ is one substance with God. The grace of God is effected in that in Christ we are made one with God as a result of the fact that we are one substance with Christ. This is the meaning of the Lord’s Table. Far from being an occasion of lament for the passion of Christ it is a celebration of the oneness with Christ that is ours in Him.
GOD MANIFEST AS SONS
We are not only the multiplication of the Christ. We are the multiplication of the trinity. This is God alive in our being as persons and as the church. It has nothing to do with the law and everything to do with The Christ alive in our persons and our communities. Christ in you is the hope of glory. With many Believers it remains a hope. But we need to possess it and make it our reality.
‘You will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20.
Torpor is a passive acceptance of the status quo. We may not realise our potential as a son/daughter if we do not have a passion for life and are content to walk around our Mulberry Bush of received ennui. God does not forbid us to be plodding workers who buried our talent in the ground. We can choose to run our course as workers or sons.
‘But what does Scripture say? "Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman's son’ Gal 4.30 NIV.
INNEFECTUALNESS OF THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE
‘The Normal Christian Life’ in the words of Watchman Nee is not meant to be pedestrian. But this is exactly what it is for many Believers. Never much more than lived institutionalism minus the exuberance of spirit and life. Christ’s life is ours is by definition. Never the living out of religion in a scarcity mentality. It’s the living of abundant life with a healed spirit and a soul that flourishes in wellness.
Churchianity and religion for some people is the means of keeping God in his place – of preventing God having too much of our lives. It suits some of us to have six days to ourselves and a Sabbath for the Lord and nine tenths of our income for self and one tenth for God. It enables us to live for ourselves in good conscience with a nod to God on the periphery of our affairs. Christ our life is a threat to some of us who have worked out a legalistic way of avoiding Christ our life so we can substantially be our life.
There are of course many Believers who have a parsimonious relationship with Christ because they don’t know any better – because they have been taught, mainly by example that religion is about conformity and routine and a ‘thing’ done in a compartment called holiness.
THE NEW INFINITY
Since the cross we have been liberated from limited life. ‘Do this and live’ ceased when Jesus cried ‘It is finished.’ As a result of the at-one-ment and Pentecost the incarnation of the trinity in us has become the norm and we can live a life uncomplicated by notions of sacred and secular and uncastrated by religious views of holiness and knowledge of good and evil versions of piety.
NOT A CONTRACT
In the post cross age you are not in a contract. You are in a life. You are not in god- compartments of time and place. You are in God continually. With Christ as your life you manifest His Spirit in you as a daughter and a son. So what are we saying? You have a choice. You can live as a peasant or a king. What you turn out to be depends on the degree of your passion for life, your willingness to be taught, which in turn depends on your willingness to listen. Do you love life and are you humble enough to learn?
Stagnation results from a refusal to learn.
Stephen Morrison observes, “Every follower of Jesus Christ is invited to the task of theology—and not merely invited, but called. That does not mean every one of us will become professors or teachers, but we all should become learners confronted by God’s Word in Jesus Christ. Barth argues that to study theology is not to become a “professional” theologian but to remain an eternal student of God’s Word. He writes: We are in a school from which we shall not someday be graduated in order to become masters ourselves. On the contrary, the school in which we are enrolled will make us increasingly students[.] — God in Action, 113” (1)
(1) Morrison, Stephen D.. Karl Barth in Plain English (Plain English Series Book 1) . Beloved Publishing. Kindle Edition.