‘And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory’ Col 3.4 NIV. Christ your life has been available to the whole world since the resurrection of Jesus,
Watchman Nee’s ‘Normal Christian Life’ is about life that is far from pedestrian. But he was not talking moralism. He was on bout the spirit and life that is ours in union with God. Knowing what we know today, we would call it Christ our life. We would be talking about the incarnation and not the attempt to be a person in the externalities of religion.
The cool thing about Christ our life is that we live in the material world as a person with an ignited spirit.
If we choose we can live a life as a piece of institutional momentum and who is to say we may not exude a few drops of life. I know folks who live their coma of religion in good standing with an occasional outreach effort. They are not bad people. Just not fully alive. Real life is a state of being that is ours when we are one with God – because we are alert enough to choose to live in what is already ours. One with God we can emit life itself.
In actual fact we are already one with God in Christ in whom is no dualism, no split life and no compartment called righteousness that is separate from His Person.
Thomas Torrance observes that “As fallen human beings, we are quite unable through our own free-will to escape from our self-will for our free-will is our self-will. Likewise sin has been so ingrained into our minds that we are unable to repent and have to repent even of the kind of repentance we bring before God.
But Jesus Christ laid hold of us even there in our sinful repentance and turned everything round through his holy vicarious repentance, when he bore not just upon his body but upon his human mind and soul the righteous judgments of God and resurrected our human nature in the integrity of his body, mind and soul from the grave. Thus as the firstborn of every creature he became the firstborn from the dead, and the head of the Church of the firstborn.”
We can BE LIFE just as Jesus is life. On this side of the cross we become Him. Not Jesus in person but as Jim and Lyn we become the manifestation of Jesus Christ. This is life in the Spirit. Life in the separation of the law and old covenant plus ‘the gifts’ is not life in the Spirit. It’s life in Adam.
There’s nothing impersonal about being part of the life of the trinity. You are in communion with God and a manifestation of this tripartite life. You are alive to the full. When Christ is our life we become to a lesser extent, the way the truth and the life – because we are the expression of Jesus and more. We are a manifestation of the trinity.
Some may say this is new age. A certain kind of religion has been making stupid utterances about anything holistic since the 1970s and probably before.* They said Jesus’ healing and raising of the dead was Beelzebub. Real life is continually opposed by futility, dead folks talking and death.
SAY NO TO SLEEP WALKING
The flesh is the law and religion or anything that is not the incarnation. ‘The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirit and life’ John 6.63 NIV.
By living from religion we can exist in an ‘unlife’ form of living. With Christ our life as our life we can overflow with spirit and life. There’s a difference between being a son/daughter of God and a collection of qualities. One is a person. The other is a cripple. With Christ as our life we are alive in His original intention – not an expression of some fruit from the tree of abstractions. We become what we really are – a manifestation of God. Living in the new covenant with Christ as our life we are always more than we are. His Face is revealed in you. * idiocy has grown in the world with the appearance of Trumpism and the rise of Popularism.