‘For this reason, Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance--now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant’ Heb 9.15 NIV.
Our eternal inheritance is union with God. In John’s gospel Jesus tells us that if we obey His teaching, ‘we’ will make our home in them. His teaching is that He is the way, the truth and the life which means that all life flows from Him – not from the law or temple or any rite or observance and not even from the bread and the wine. Life is found in Him: His life expressed as us. Jesus identifying Himself as the way, the truth and the life is as exclusive as it is absolute. It means what the scripture says’ ‘In Him is life and that life is the light of human beings.’
Jesus is The Way because in Him the Believer gets to be enfolded in the triune God. This is to be enfolded in love, because Father, Son and Holy Spirit are Love personified.
The belongingness of God is complete. It is guaranteed in the vicarious humanity of Jesus – God for us and God as us in the person of Jesus in every way. But this ‘belonging’ is not just ‘with.’ It is an interwoveness of ourselves with God as the mystery of Godliness. Jesus urged that we receive it when He said, ‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20.
INCLUDED IN GOD
When Christ is our life we belong in this belongingness of God. This is not a belonging of the letter or just a propositional assertion. It is a melding of being that we call the Spirit of Sonship. It is our union with God by the One Spirit.
‘But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him’ 1 Cor 6.17 NIV. Yet if we have retained ourselves in the law we are neither one spirit with Christ or with ourselves.
If the law is our life – and it is if we are connected to it in any way - we judge God, we judge others and judge ourselves with the result that we remain contained in our own mistaken reality – a separation mindset that is real to us but which has been eliminated by the cross. New covenant ministry involves drawing God’s people into the communion with the trinity that is already theirs.
NEW COVENANT MINISTERS OF LIFE
Paul’s words, ‘Christ our life’ are plain enough. But they are robbed of their meaning should we believe that the law is our ticket to acceptance with God. Jesus is the way to the Father.
“He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant--not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life” 2 Cor 3.6 NIV. This is the Gospel that is the Gospel of Paul, John and Christ. Any other gospel is no gospel at all.
In being the ‘way’ to our Father, He is the way Home and the way to fellowship in the ‘Holy Family’ as Paul implies. God really is three yet one and each member of the trinity is a real person – not just an entity. As a person and as the church we are a manifestation of this Family Reality. Both ourselves and the church are ministered to from this unity in diversity. We live in their company and they live in us. Richard Rohr writes,
“Let’s begin with the shocking and oft-quoted idea from Karl Rahner, the German Jesuit who was such a major influence at the Second Vatican Council. In his classic study The Trinity, he said, “Christians are, in their practical life, almost mere ‘monotheists.’ We must be willing to admit that, should the doctrine of the Trinity have to be dropped as false, the major part of religious literature could well remain virtually unchanged.”
We would have to admit this was largely true until William Paul Young wrote his worldwide best-selling novel, The Shack, in the past decade. For the first time since fourth-century Cappadocia, the Trinity actually became an inspired subject of conversation and rather pleasant questioning in homes and restaurants. And it continues!” (1)
The trinity is the essence of God and as such is the essence of ourselves as individuals, family and community. There are many interesting and joyful things to know and be encouraged about in gaining an understanding of the trinity. You can find them in books like, ‘Trinitarian Conversations’, from this very informative website entitled, ‘The Trinity in You and from books by J Baxter Kruger entitled The Great Dance.
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Divine Dance: The Trinity and your transformation (Kindle Locations 345-352). SPCK. Kindle Edition.