THE QUALITY OF THE LOAF
Should we think from a fundamentalist-legalist mindset, it would be easy to convince ourselves that we live in the fullness of Christ by citing scriptures such as
‘Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf’1 Cor 10.17 NIV.
WHAT IS THE NATURE OF THE LOAF?
But the key issue is not ‘belonging’ but whether or not our bread is mouldy and whether our body is tumour free. There is no doubt that a paddock of tares belongs, but the quality of this belonging is the issue. My father was a wheat farmer. Some years we had a massive crop of many bags per acre. Other years we had a meagre crop because each grain was pinched with a fungus disease called wheat rust. The issue was not that there was wheat but what kind of wheat did we have that year.
VINE AND BRANCH
God in Christ has not only forgiven us for our sin. He has imparted to us His life. This happens vicariously and by incarnation. Christ is our righteousness not only in forgiveness but in the impartation of Himself to our being. This impartation is efficacious because the dividing wall has been removed in Christ and we have been drawn into Christ’s trinitarian communion in Christ. When we love Christ by obeying His teaching – that He is our life to love Christ - the Holy Family makes their home in our being.
Our inheritance in Christ is not a novel way of Jesus helping us keep the law. It’s not Moses re-invigorated. But it is Adam undone and Jesus Christ replacing Adam as the Last Adam, who is the Father of the New Creation. The New Creation springs out of Jesus. Never Adam or Moses.
THE NEW MAN
“Thomas Torrance makes significant room in his theology for the concept of the vicarious humanity of Christ whereby Christ becomes the last Adam and New Man to whom all humanity is ontologically related and must participate in, for communion with God to be realised.” (1) We are incorporated in Christ by being. He is woven into our being by incarnation.
We do not become new creation sons/daughters because we have an anointing and move in the Spirit. We live in the fullness of the sons of God because Christ has become our life. I’ve met Christians who practice the gifts who are broken people and spiritual cripples. Christians can be lovely people. But it’s not about being ‘nice.’ Nice people living in a distorted gospel are less than whole themselves and promote the kinds of gospels that bind people in states of being that are less than sons of God. We can be nice people and be workers and slaves. It’s as sons of the Free Woman that we live in the Spirit that is Christ our life, Christ in us and Christ as us in the self, the marriage, the family and the church. Churches of this nature advance the new creation Kingdom of God.
(1) Habets Myk, Theosis in the Theology of Thomas Torrance p.7