LIFE IS CHRIST AS YOU
The essence of right living has never been the law. Neither has the substance of Godliness ever been attempting to compensate for a lack in our being that God has surreptitiously denied us. Right living is much more than being right. But being right with God is found in being one with God.
The lie insinuated by Satan to Adam and Eve was that ‘you are not enough’. So you must add something to who you are in God. But they already were one with God, they were sons of God and their identity was certified and glorified in their oneness with God.
We can continue adherence to the lie by refusing to live from the radical grace of the incarnation – because such grace is too radical for us to accept and because we think we need to be in charge and cover our bases by continuing to live in bits of law and segments of the knowledge of good and evil because we think our Lord is a hard man because He reaps where He did not sow. He does. He made pregnant the barren Sarah and incarnated the Virgin Mary with the Son of God. Jesus incarnates you by manifesting Himself as your life.
We may choose to ignore this mystical union that manifests in our flesh thereby defining ourselves as Children of the slave woman and examples of the attempts of the flesh to manufacture life in the spirit by the works of the law. If we are people who cannot be taught.
SONS ARE THE EXPRESSION OF THE FATHER
Christ come in our flesh means Christ come in our being. This is an existential reality by way of the Spirit. Thomas Torrance urges that
“A merely representative or a merely substitutionary concept of vicarious mediation is bereft of any actual saving significance. But if representation and substitution are combined and allowed to interpenetrate each other within the incarnational union of the Son of God with us in which he has actually taken our sin and guilt upon his own being, then we may have a profounder and truer grasp of the vicarious humanity in the mediatorship of Christ, as one in which he acts in our place, in our stead, on our behalf but out of the ontological depths of our actual human being.” (1)
WHY THE LETTER IS DEAD
Legalism is about words. Christ our life is about being and infinite life in our person. Should we clutch our legal blanket to our torsos, we continue the fall in our own lives by inventing a form of godliness that is not Christ come in our flesh but the flesh come in our flesh. The denial of the incarnation on religious grounds is an agreement with the anti-christ spirit who is anti-God and anti-life.
(1) Thomas Torrance, The Mediation of Christ, p.81