‘Christ come in the flesh’ is not only the new and living way of our life in God. Christ as the Son of Man is at the same time the One who made the universe, the one in whom all things have their nature and purpose and the one who lives in us – thus linking us to life in the wild, to the earth, to the natural realm, to the wonders of landscape and the marvels of life in the lake and the oceans.
YOU HAVE UNION
Yet oneness with God is not ours by looking at beautiful scenery even if we may sense God’s presence there. We are one with God because God is in us and with us as Jesus asserted.
‘But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you’ John 14.17 NIV.
Oneness is ours with God and the creation in the person of Jesus – the logos and Living Word.
This word of God was born of Mary and came in a body like ours. There is nothing about bodies to be denigrated. Bodies are not sinful or obscene. God as Jesus Christ had one as He lived and walked among us. He lives and walks among us today in you and in us by reason of the incarnation. Athanasius writes,
FULLY MAN. FULLY DEITY
“His body was for Him not a limitation, but an instrument, so that He was both in it and in all things, and outside all things, resting in the Father alone. At one and the same time—this is the wonder—as Man He was living a human life, and as Word He was sustaining the life of the universe, and as Son He was in constant union with the Father. Not even His birth from a virgin, therefore, changed Him in any way, nor was He defiled by being in the body. Rather, He sanctified the body by being in it. For His being in everything does not mean that He shares the nature of everything, only that He gives all things their being and sustains them in it”. (1)
Life comes from Jesus Christ. This is the law of the spirit of life that flows through us. It is the law of personhood, relationship and belonging that originated in the trinity and is the triune God.
GOD’S NATURE AND LIFE IS REPLICATED IN DAUGHTERS AND SONS
This life is incarnated you. You share in it as daughters and sons. You have a Sabbath life of fellowship with God and the creation mediated to you by Jesus and the Holy Spirit and the fellowship of our Father in whom we live by the One Spirit in the spirit of sonship.
God’s presence in you is closer than any place or any day. You and Father are one.
FRUITFULNESS COMES FROM EMBEDEDNESS IN GOD
Life is found in being and not in doing. Being is prior to doing and we do what we are meant to do by imparting the spirit and life we are meant to impart in our individual domain as we agree to and abide in the oneness of Christ our life.
The Valley of Dead Bones is an apt representation of living in law and externalities. Such bones come alive from the incarnated presence. We can operate in the gifts and still be ‘dead rib cages.’ The anointing is not life itself. Christ our life is life as us.
‘Being’ is as different to the externalities of the law as a living person is different to the pedantries of legalism and the trivialities of an accounting style religion. Kingdom life is not a contract or a transaction. It’s the trinity as you.
What you are involved in is not a contract but a state of oneness with God. Lost in this you are found. Hidden in this you are revealed and known as yourself. Ignited by this you are a son/daughter of God in spirit and in truth.
(1) St. Athanasius. On the Incarnation - Enhanced Version (p. 19). Christian Classics Ethereal Library. Kindle Edition.