BRIGHT

CHRIST YOUR LIFE

AUSTERITY RELIGION

Jesus Christ is not a lackey of the law. He is the I AM of God and you are the I am of Him. Thus, you are a whole person expression of our Lord as you.
 
Christ is in your life. He is not separated from your being and not supervising a list of  virtues. He is imparting Himself to you by the Spirit.
 
THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST IN YOU
 
The resurrection of Christ points to the fact that God unveils himself, reveals himself within man’s life. Here the mystery of God is resurrected out of our flesh of sin, out of our death and corruption and is unveiled in its glory as true God and true man in perfect union… To deny the virgin birth involves a denial of the resurrection, and vice versa.” (1)
 
FATUOUS RELIGION
 
To deny the incarnation as the living way of Godliness and sonship and to substitute the law and cultural versions of the knowledge of good and evil for Christ come in our flesh is to substitute the life of Christ for us with the attempted life of us as us.
 
Jesus did not come among us to be a moral influence, to empower moralism and law-doing. He came to be our exchange and came to live in us by the Spirit so that His life would manifest in our flesh. Thus, Jesus becomes you. This is the message of the Lord’s Table.
 
PATHETIC COUNTERFEIT
 
A legalized gospel is not even a shadow of the real. It’s a reiteration of the original lie that man could be alive in spirit and truth in the knowledge of good and evil. This was the deceit of the tree that produced spiritual death and eventually physical death. Thus to say that Christ is our life as Paul does is to state the undoing of the lie, the negation of dead spirits, the revival of sick souls and the humbug of legalized religiosity. There is a reason for the spiritual dullness of legalists and this is it. Only Christ makes us alive.
 
Myk Habets nails it when he writes, “
Forgiveness, intimately associated with justification, is experienced by believers united to Christ in a perichoretic bond in which we partake of all Christ’s saving benefits precisely because we partake of Christ. This perichoretic union goes well beyond anything humans can experience with one another, ‘for it involves a relation of mutual indwelling and spiritual coalescence between Christ and his people’.  On the basis of the resurrection union with Christ is not merely moral: it is a sharing in the inner life of Jesus, being united to him in the wholeness of his incarnate reality as the crucified and risen Son of God. Thus it is a personal ontological union.” (2)
 
THE DEAD TREE
 
Law gospels are an insidious counterfeit of joy and genuine Godliness. Grace to some legalists is defined as a mode of coping with the law – of Jesus letting us off the hook kind of thing. But grace is actually incarnation, meaning Christ in us, with us and as us. Grace is oneness with Christ so that we become His life.
 
 
 
 
(1)    Thomas Torrance. The Incarnation. P 97.
(2)    Myk Habets. Theosis in the Theology of Thomas Torrance

TRINITY IN YOU