We talk about the world and are able to work in it by dividing it up into categories. This is helpful because it allows us to know that a hat is different to our wife. There are various forms of life but only one life who gives life. Those who are searching for a theory of everything would do well to start at the trinity which is the womb of creation.
Jesus Christ is the logos, the personified reason and purpose of the universe. He is the alpha and omega of existence. ‘He is before all things, and in him all things hold together’ Col 1.17 NIV.
OUR BEING IN CHRIST
When Paul talks of ‘Christ our life’ he is touching on this kind of thing. The relevance of this to the present topic is that the life of Christ in you is not desiccated, not categorised and not compartmentalised. Being the life of God it simply is. The effect of this is that Christ in you is Christ expressed as you. So you are not a person doing a list. You are a person being a self who is son of God, with God qualities.
SONS IN REALITY
As such the life of God manifests in you and I would argue – as you. You as a son/daughter are the manifestation of God’s life. The Lord’s Table bears this out.
The Lord’s Table “Is the sacrament of Christ's reconciling union with us in which he became bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh in order to take away our sin and guilt and pour out upon us the love of God; and as such it is the sacrament of the real presence of Christ in which we are given communion in his very body and blood and feed upon him as the bread of life.” This communion is a state of being in which we are the branches of His Vine.
BREAD BECOMES YOU
The Lord’s Table is less about sorrowing for the cross and more about living from the atonement and incarnation of Christ our life.
Some have tried to bolt the Holy Spirit anointing and the gifts onto an old covenant tree.* But this does not work, because in Separated Adam and Compartmentalised Moses we are living in a mindset that it disconnected from the Source of All Life. We are living from Adam’s dead tree and failing to live in the Jesus Tree of life. As such we have made a Christian reality for ourselves that is not real, not in sync with our inheritance of union with God and not in sync with the spirit of sonship that is waiting for us to believed and enjoy.
DON’T INSULATE YOURSELF IN LAYERS OF LAW
To live from the law in the new testament age is to seclude ourselves away from Jesus manifesting Himself in us and expressing Himself through our face. The church that lives from the incarnation expresses the Face of Jesus. There are spiritual gifts and to minister without them is a serious impediment. But to bolt them on to the old covenant and law is to invite their distortion and depletion. It’s also to advertise that we are a community of faith who have missed what Jesus did for us through the cross.
GET A GRIP ON THE EUCHARIST
“The celebration of the Lord's Supper means that we through the Spirit are so intimately united to Christ, by communion in his body and blood, that we participate in his self-consecration and self-offering to the Father made on our behalf and in our place, and appear before the Majesty of God in worship, praise and adoration with no other worship or sacrifice than that which is identical with Christ Jesus our Mediator and High Priest.”
* Succinctly put the Old Covenant was ‘obey and live.’ The new covenant is ‘I Have made you alive in Myself to express My life.’