Our life in Christ is never moralism. He Himself is our life. It is Jesus who is our belonging and our union with God. It is He who undid Adam’s separation and Jesus who becomes us as Christ our life. In Jesus our oneness with God is accomplished.
DEAD TREE LIVE TREE
The bigot is the hazard of Christmas parties and holidays with relatives. A bigot is certain about much and knowledgeable about little. Closed minded and intellectually dull, bigots are defined by their prejudices and ignorance. They inflict their horded opinions with boorish insensitivity in repetitious cliches.
The bigot’s mind, long since stagnant, is a dead tree and the opposite of what it means to be full of wisdom and the Holy Spirit. Full of self-impotence the bigot’s ego is way bigger than his mind. He never become a real person because His true self is captured in the false self that is his prison
Humility and a keenness to listen is the door to wisdom and understanding.
LEARNING TO BE COMES FROM LEARNING TO SEE
We do not know everything about Christ and our life in Him immediately we decide for Him. We don’t know anything about anything except by finding out over time and paying attention to what life presents. Those with a passion for life have a passion for truth, since it is the other side of the coin of life. If we are such people, persons who can be taught rather than persons who have made a cylinder for themselves which they maintain even as they stagnate – we will grow in freshness and insight to our last breath.
When Christ is our life, we are informed, and we are transformed.
Myk Habets observes following Torrance that “Jesus Christ is the Truth who has accommodated himself to humanity in an economic condescension. He is also a man who hears and obeys the Divine Word in his incarnate life. As such he provides for us in his own obedient Sonship, within our human nature, the way whereby we are carried up to knowledge of God the Father – the attainment of true life… those in Christ rise through the Son to true knowledge of and communion with God the Father. This process continues throughout life, for according to Basil and Torrance, it is only in the eschaton that God’s works of creation and redemption will be brought to their ultimate completion.” (1)
(1) Myk Habets, Theosis in the Theology of Thomas Torrance. P127.