IT'S HIM AS YOU
It’s easy to see the Bible as a compendium of morality. For many people that’s what Christianity is. If it is, then it’s unlikely that this kind of Christianity is good news for many. There is good news however and it’s not just good news. It is life. One can read the Bible and be quite a scholar of it – and miss this point.
‘The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full’ John 10.10 NIV.
The life that is Jesus is unlimited. This is why Christ our life is the Message of the post cross age and a gospel of morality and religion is not. Any gospel that is less than the fullness of Christ or more than Him due to additions and accretions joins the culture of life-robbery of the thief.
Eternal life is infinite life. We can enter this life now by agreeing with Jesus that we are already drawn into His life. Sure, we will die one day but we will also enter a new heavens and a new earth and we will live forever.
But what of today? Eternal life begins now. When we agree with Jesus and Paul that Christ is our life we enter the realm of spirit and life foretold by the burning bush and realised the incarnation – by which we are woven into the trinity and the trinity is woven into us. Not only are we now the sons of God. We are the habitation of God. God is in you because Christ is in you.
WITNESS TO CHRIST
“The sixty-six books of the Bible are woven together by a single storyline. One of the best ways to look at the twenty-seven books of the New Testament may be to see them as a commentary on the Old Testament. The entire Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, are unified by a common narrative. And once our eyes are opened to see that narrative, everything in both Testaments gels into a coherent, understandable, and amazing story. And what is that story? Well, it’s not enough to call it “salvation history” as many people do. No. It’s the story of Jesus Christ.” (1)
THE MEANING IS ALIVE
The meaning of the Bible is that Christ is our life. The good news of the Bible is that we have been made one with God by Christ’s life. The truth that the Bible asserts is that Jesus Himself is life.
One need not be a theologian to access this life. Simply by believing that Christ is our life, we enter His life and begin to participate in the fellowship of the trinity. Yet right theology is a help. There is little life in Christianity as a religion and an extravagance of life in Jesus the Christ of God. The mystery of our life in God is more amazing and sure than many people think. It’s less about our receiving Christ and more about the fact that we have already been received into His life.
PERSONAL AND COMMUNAL
“The end product of biblical Christianity is a person—not a book, not a building, not a set of principles or a system of ethics—but one person in two natures (divine/human) with four ministries (prophet/priest/king/sage) and four biographies (the Gospels). But those four biographies don’t tell the whole story. Every bit of Scripture is part of the same great story of that one person and that one story’s plotline of creation, revelation, redemption, and consummation.” (2)
Unless our starting point is that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, we will never enter the Kingdom of God, live in the Spirit or be sons in spirit and in truth. Sure we may enter eternal life but in this life in the body our contribution will be more droplets than rivers of living water.
(1) Sweet, Leonard. Jesus: A Theography. Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.