The nature of the ‘children’ we bear depends on the husband to whom we are married. Joe McIntyre writes, “Paul likens our union with the resurrected Christ to a marriage. In Romans seven he explains: ‘Therefore, my brethren, you also have become dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you may be married to another - to Him who was raised from the dead, that we should bear fruit to God.’ Romans 7:4. Here Joe implies that if we are still alive to the law we are not married to the body of Christ.
NOT MARRIED TO THE LAW He continues, ‘No longer under an outward standard in order to bring forth fruit, we trust in our union with Christ to produce Christ-like living. We are married in spirit to the resurrected Christ. Out of that union we bring forth fruit. ‘But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.’ What an amazing Truth! Our human spirit is joined to the Lord and we are now one spirit with Him” 1 Corinthians 6:17.
ONENESS IS LIFE IN THE SPIRIT.
‘The One Spirit’ is the spirit of ‘oneness.’ This is the incarnation, Christ come in our flesh and the Lord’s Table realised. Let’s be clear about the new covenant. It’s not a sophisticated legalism and it’s not religion. It’s the trinity manifesting as you. It’s the difference between being sons of God and talking sons of God.
Clearly, one with Jesus we have become the expression of Him. When Christ is our life we are not the expression of the law, not a rendition of a denominational ‘righteousness’ and not an abstraction. We are alive in Christ’s spirit and life.
SONS BECOME SONS IN SPIRIT AND IN TRUTH IN UNION WITH OUR FATHER.
Sons and daughters are the expression of our Father. Here we are not only an evidence of righteousness - because we are more than a jumble of good deeds and fruits. We ourselves are sons and daughters of God in spirit and in truth as opposed to notionally. We are beings of life. Christ come in our flesh means that Christ manifests by the Spirit as us. This is to say that Bob and Jane are the manifestation of Christ. This is much more than the Believer attempting to dress Himself with a bunch of virtues. It is Jesus expressing Himself as a son/daughter of God whose name is you.
We might go into David Jones and purchase some fashionable clothes. But handsomely dressed as we might be we are still who we are before we put on the gear. When we are received into Christ’s life we receive Him as our life. We become who He is as our unique selves. There’s a difference between one who is attempting to put on virtues and one who is virtue - as we are as sons and daughters. Now we are the expression of God’s life; a manifestation of God. We can be more than ‘Christ-like.’ We can be who we are: The Sons and daughters of God.