CHRIST IS ALL AND IN ALL
You are in Christ and Christ is in you. This is the meaning of the Eucharist.
Thomas Torrance observes, “There are two basic 'sacraments of the Gospel', one which is given a form reflecting our once and for all union with Christ and one which is given a form reflecting our continuous union and communion with him.”
‘Continuous union.’ There is no dualism in God. Neither is there dualism in Christ. There is no dualism in the Kingdom of God even though dualism is the fabric of much Christianity. There is no separation between God and the Believer in the post cross age. When we live in what we have been given - which is oneness with Christ - we can live with less fuss, less effort and certainly less ostentatious effort. We can be ourselves because Christ is manifesting in us AS OUR REAL SELVES.
Christ our life heals our fractured life. His whole and unified life becomes our life.
YOU CANNOT EARN UNION WITH GOD
‘Praise and worship’ has become a thing in church services. It is enjoyable because Jesus is certainly worthy of praise. But praise and worship does not bring God closer to us. It may serve to dissolve the layers of separation lodged in our comprehension that we have allowed to encrust our life – but the fact is that we are not separated from God. We are incarnated with God, which entails living in what we have in Christ.
God has brought us close to God in Jesus Christ. So close that we are woven into His being and He into ours. Christ as the life of the church is the living way in which the Church becomes the seed of the New Creation transformation of society and the Earth.
Christ our life ensure that we are one with Him and in this oneness we are one with the trinity.
A RELIGIOUS LIFE IS NOT CHRIST OUR LIFE
We don’t have more of God when we are in church and. less of God when we are washing the car. And neither do we have more of God on a Sabbath Day than any other day. God simply is and when we agree with Christ that Christ is our life God is in us and in our life.
There are sacraments that Jesus instructed us to keep like Baptism and the Lord’s Table. Significantly, these are signs of the Reality that is ours in Christ. They are not a means of accessing that reality. There are a celebration and reminder that THIS IS OUR LIFE.
Anointings of the Spirit are useful but they do not fulfill their purpose independently of the incarnation. The cross and the atonement have made us one with Christ and Christ as the mediator of Himself is our bounty and our glory. The anointing functions properly as the result of the incarnation.
James Torrance puts it this way, “The prime purpose of the incarnation, in the love of God, is to lift us up into the life of communion, of participation in the very Triune life of God. What God is towards us in these relationships, He is in His innermost Being.” (1)
(1) James Torrance, Worship, Communication and the Triune God of Grace, pp32,33.