YOU ARE NOT ALIVE AS A HALF-FULL GLASS
As 'Economic Man' we are a figment of the Economy. In the Son of Man we are not hollow men but people with a soul and a heart because Christ is our life. We are not fully human and fully alive as 'economic men' or religious women.
It’s getting near Christmas when we celebrate the birth of the Christ of God. Jesus did not come among us to start a religion. He came to multiply Himself in people. The core of Christianity is that Christ is our life. The paradox of Christianity is that it is not a religion – not a religion if we are living in the inheritance that Jesus has given us. It’s an incarnation.
The anointing and the gifts outside new covenant incarnational reality does not go anywhere because life in this compartment has no root.
Life in the spirit of Christ is ours as a result of the at-one-ment won by Christ from the cross, the resurrection that means that Christ is alive, and the incarnation that means the new and living way of post cross believing is our living in the oneness of being that has been gained for us by the enterprise of the trinity.
The changed reality of the post cross era is that the separation from God that we had in Adam has ended and the union with Father that Jesus had with His Father is now ours because of Christ and in Christ. To be ‘in Christ’ is to live a non-separated life in the belonging that is ours – the inclusion some call it - is union with the Holy Family.
NOR WHAT THE CHURCH FATHERS UNDERSTOOD AS THE FAITH
It’s a stretch to call a law-based christianity an authentic Christian faith. Living in a law-mindset and claiming belonging in the Body of Christ is an inherent contradiction because the law belongs to the age of separation in Adam. The law equals Adam and Adam equals separation from God.
The fact is we have union with God even if we live from a separation mindset. But we do not experience it because we live from a glass half full when we actually inherit a full glass. Like beggars who don’t know they are kings legalists live in a state denuded of spirit and life.
AGE OF SEPARATION
God was with His people in the pre-cross age but none were ever incarnated with God. There had been no Christ so incarnation before the resurrection of Jesus was impossible.
SEPARATION EQUALS SIN AND DEATH
The law God gave the Hebrews was a function of the era of the knowledge of good and evil, named by Paul as the age of the law of sin and death. Nevertheless it paved the way for the fullness of Christ to become our possession at the right time.
ONENESS WITH GOD IN CHRIST.
The communion God has given us with Godself has nothing to do with this kind of law and everything to do with the Being of God. The three-personed yet one God is communion of the kind that the Church Father’s called perichoresis. The trinitarian persons were part of each other, yet fully themselves. This is the relationship that God has drawn us into in Christ. In the now accomplished oneness with Christ, God is part of us, and we are truly ourselves. This is how people get to be holy as God is holy. It has nothing to do with law and moralism and everything to do with our becoming an expression of Christ.
Pursuing our salvation with fear and trembling (Phil 2.12) is not about earning salvation. It’s having the determination to live in the radical grace and paradoxical mystery that it is. Healings happen today as they did in Christ’s Day. They are a sign of the Greater Healing that is ours in Christ and proof that the power that heals a limb is in us to heal our drive to sin and degrade ourselves and others. No one has ever been healed by the law, but every healing that has ever taken place happened because Christ is life.