LIVE ALL OF YOU IN ALL OF CHRIST
We need not have a meagre view of God and God’s enterprise concerning us. God has not only revealed Himself to us in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ has become us and revealed us to ourselves in union with Father. Christian Kettler observes,
CHRIST FOR YOU AND AS YOU
“The vicarious humanity of Christ is.. the second movement of the double movement of the incarnation that begins from God to humanity (the deity of Christ) but then proceeds from humanity to God (the humanity of Christ). Christ’s humanity is not simply that which we imitate (imitatio Christi) but is vicarious, on our behalf and in our place.” (1)
Christ’s life is vicarious to us in atonement, incarnation and communion with the trinity. We are seated with Christ. ‘God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus’ Eph 2.6 NIV.
This is ultimate grace. It is vicarious because Christ is for us and vicarious because Christ’s relationship with His Father has become our relationship with Father and more. It has become our revelation. Knowing God and being in relationship with God cannot happen via the law which is another trunk of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Knowing God is person to person from God to us as it was from Father to Jesus. Eternal life is knowing God and Jesus Christ whom God has sent. This knowing is revealed from within our being; revealed into our hearts and souls undoing the lies of the Enemy and filling us with the certainty of belonging.
HIS KNOWING REVEALED TO YOU
Jesus imparts the ‘knowing of God’ to our hearts because He is woven into our being. ‘No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him’ Matt 11.27 NIV. The Son reveals our Father and Himself - as He is - to all who choose to believe in Him.
Jesus Christ does not live in us by the Spirit to help us keep the law. It’s way better than that. Jesus has become part of us in order than we manifest as daughters and sons.
Jesus Christ, our Father and Holy Spirit live in us in us so that we may become the expression of them. This is incarnation and this is the Gospel of Jesus, of the Kingdom and the Apostle’s Doctrine. As Thomas Torrance emphasises, “The radical significance of Christ's substitutionary Priesthood does not lie in the fact that His perfect Self-offering perfects and completes our imperfect offerings, but that these are displaced by His completed Self-offering. We can only offer what has already been offered on our behalf, and offer it by the only mode appropriate to such a substitutionary offering, by prayer, thanksgiving, and praise.”
Christ as you is the present realisation of His glory in you and you rmaturation as a son/daughter of God.
(1) Kettler, Christian D.. The God Who Rejoices: Joy, Despair, and the Vicarious Humanity of Christ. Cascade Books, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Kindle Edition.