The presence of God was known in the Earth. The Wise Men from the East were evidence of this. Christ was mediated in shadow to Israel in its liturgy, by the prophets and various acts of power. God appeared in reality as the Son of God in Jesus of Nazareth. He is mediated to us in the present by Holy Spirit through being incarnated in our person and as such manifests as the church. Christ in you is glorious because it is the life of God in person infused by the Spirit into your person. This is life in the Spirit.
Thomas Torrance observes that, “The role of Israel as the servant of the Lord in mediating that revelation inevitably pointed ahead of itself to a fulfilment in the Incarnation. When that took place in the birth of Jesus, Son of Mary and Son of God, the whole prehistory of that mediation was gathered up and brought to its consummation in Christ in such a way that while transient, time-conditioned elements fell away, basic, permanent ingredients in God's revelation to Israel were critically and creatively taken up and built into the intelligible framework of God's full and final self-revelation to mankind. Incarnate as the Jew from Bethlehem and Nazareth Jesus Christ stood forth, not only as the controlling centre of the mediation of divine revelation in and through Israel, but as himself the personal self-revelation of God to man.”
There is no separation in Christ Jesus, unless you have made separation into your religion. Jesus Christ is not just near you. He is woven into your being. Incarnated so that you are woven into Him. Christ is not somewhere else. Never on one day more than any other day because He is in us EVERYDAY. Christ is our life or else we are beggars and peasants done out of our riches by passivity, neglect, bad teaching or smugness.
Life in the Spirit is not some cylindrical spiritual space in which we operate in the gifts and do some signs. Life in the Spirit is our oneness in Christ that is not poetic or religious but a state of being in which God is woven into us and we into God. The Body of Christ is not the result of some textual definition. The Body of Christ is our real union with Christ via the atonement and incarnation.
Torrance observes that “We are united to Christ who is bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh, and participate in the risen Humanity of Christ so that we are bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh.” This is just to restate the Lord’s Table whose message is that in Christ we have become one with Christ.
How can this not be more superb than any attempt to downgrade this directness and dilute His oneness with us into legalisms and religiosity.
Francois Du Toit writes, “The mission of Jesus was not to begin the Christian religion. His mandate was to reveal and redeem the image and likeness of God in human form.” How to do this? To manifest Himself in the being of those who take His name. Jesus does not give you a list to do. He gives you a person to be in Himself as you.