Jesus declared. ‘I am the way, the truth and the life.’ This is an absolute declaration that excludes anything that is not Him by definition. It is in fact no different to that which God had already mandated as worship – in the Ten Commandments as ‘You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in the heavens above, on the earth below’ and ‘Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one’ Deut 6.4 NIV.
Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola write, “Christianity? It is Christ. Nothing more. Nothing less. Christianity is not an ideology or a philosophy. Neither is it a new type of morality, social ethic, or worldview. Christianity is the "good news" that beauty, truth, and goodness are found in a person. And true humanity and community are founded on and experienced by connection to that person.” (1)
ONENESS OF BEING
What kind of connection? – a connection that is more than just a connection. This is a connection in which Christ incarnates Himself into our being so that in Him we are woven into the Communion that is God and God comes to live in our being.
“Conversion is more than a change in direction; it's a change in connection. The Bible's use of the ancient Hebrew word shubh to call for " repentance"-in Deuteronomy 4:30 and Nehemiah 1:9, for example-implies not viewing God from a distance but entering into a relationship where God is command central of the human connection.” (2)
MORE THAN A LEGALITY OR AN ANOINTING
A. W. Tozer assures us that Christ in us is more than a christ rattling around inside us and by implication more than an anointing on us, such as an addition to an old covenant-law-relationship with God. It’s not just a relationship. It an interwoveness of being between God and human beings that undoes the separation begun by Adam and the compartmentalisation and externality that was Moses. And replaces it with Christ our life.
INCARNATION OUR POST CROSS GLORY
Israel was in relationship with God before the Messiah and the cross. But not one holy man or woman of God was incarnated with the presence of God. Many had an anointing but none experienced the oneness with God that occurred after the cross when, in the person of Jesus Believers became enfolded in the being of the Trinitarian God. Christ’s Gospel is His life as ours as the result of the atonement and an incarnated life. His Gospel and our life as a result of the cross is not a continuation of the law or new testament moralism with a Jesus boost.
To say that God was incarnated among us in Jesus Christ is to say that Jesus Christ was fully God and fully a man who taught the Kingdom, made atonement through the cross, undid the schism Adam brough upon us and imbued Himself into our beings by the incarnation and the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
“When God expresses Himself, it is Christ. We can rightly say that God spoke Himself into human life in the person of the Lord Jesus. For this reason, John called Christ the logos, the living Word of God. God's Word is a person. The one true God has revealed Himself completely and finally in Jesus: "No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father's heart. He has revealed God to us."
The manifestation of love and holiness is Jesus Christ. The Word of God is not words but the person of Jesus. The definition of you as a holy person is Christ come as you. You are not a compilation of attributes or a sandwich board of ‘kept laws’. Because Christ is your life you are a manifestation of God and an expression of God – growing each day deeper into Him and being re-created more fully into the glory of yourself as a re-born daughter and son of God.
(1) Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola, Jesus Manifesto. P, 3,4.