God is. The I AM of God is PRESENCE. God is not contained in days and times. Nor is God confined to places. He is not restricted to miracles and signs – even though these indicate His presence and grace. God simply is. He is not separated from you. God is woven into your being, not as a generality but as the living Christ who makes a living you.
‘For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is Himself God and is at the Father’s side, has made Him known’ John 1.17.18 NIV.
In the old testament the Hebrews knew that God was not contained in temples made with hands. Even though the presence was in the most holy place. God was evident in burning bushes, manna and in the ark that was temporarily positioned in the tabernacle of David.
CROSS ROADS OF EXISTENCE
God’s Spirit came on people – like it did on King Saul, but until the cross and Pentecost the spirit of God was not interwoven into the being of human beings. This happened because Jesus Christ made humanity one with God through the cross and in His being. ‘Grace and truth’ is the weaving in of you into the fellowship of God. It’s not just words. It’s a state of being.
Just as food becomes you so Christ has become you when you believe. This is the meaning of the Lord’s Table. Not so much a memorial of the cross but the celebration of the fact that His living body has become our body and our person in the Spirit.
JOINED WITH GOD
Because He was fully God and fully man Jesus joined us at the core of our being to the fullness of God and sat us with Him in the communion of the trinity.
The at-one-ment does not juxtapose us to God. We are not side by side with Him. Nor is God rattling around inside us as an ‘anointing’. In Christ God is woven into us and we are woven into God. This is incarnation – the effect of the complete atonement. Paul wrote,
‘He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.
For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.’
ONENESS OF BEING
In Christ we are made one with God, one with ourselves and one with creation. Adam is undone and the plan of God to have sons of God who enjoy the exuberance of life with God is on its way. Thomas Torrance explains.
“Perhaps the most fundamental truth which we have to learn in the Christian Church, or rather relearn since we have suppressed it, is that the incarnation was the coming of God to save us in the heart of our fallen and depraved humanity, where humanity is at its wickedest in its enmity and violence against the reconciling love of God. That is to say, the incarnation is to be understood as the coming of God to take upon himself our fallen human nature, our actual human existence laden with sin and guilt, our humanity diseased in mind and soul in its estrangement or alienation from the Creator.
This is a doctrine found everywhere in the early Church in the first five centuries, expressed again and again in the terms that the whole man had to be assumed by Christ if the whole man was to be saved, that the unassumed is unhealed, or that what God has not taken up in Christ is not saved. The sharp point of those formulations of this truth lay in the fact that it is the alienated mind of man that God had laid hold of in Jesus Christ in order to redeem it and effect reconciliation deep within the rational centre of human being.”
(T. F. Torrance, “The Mediation of Christ,” 48-9)”
‘And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.’ Eph 1.10 NIV. This is the now and the not yet of the new creation of which we are agents.