YOU BECOME WHAT YOU BELIEVE
‘For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’ COL 3.3,4. NIV.
The atonement and incarnation, the purpose of the trinity to ensure that God’s vision of a shared life of God with daughters and sons is the logos of Christ towards us. It is the love of God and the manifest nature of God. It has resulted in the achieved salvation of God for the human race. We are saved by being positioned in God’s fellowship of the trinity. Due to God’s agency we are one with the Holy Family.
IT’S NOT A CONTRACT
The sacrament of holy communion signs that it’s about communion. This is a communion so deep that our person is intermingled with the personhood of God. Our life in God is much more than a transaction. If you have a mind to go deeper than a commercialised churchianity or have already discerned that the life God has for you and all of us is far more than a bargain struck between us and God such as – the little contract of, ‘I’ll do this so that you God will do that,’ I invite you to ponder the meaning of Torrance’s remarks on the agency of the trinity in the achievement of Christ our life.
He writes, “The communion-constituting activity of the divine ousia [substance] and its source in the mutual dwelling of the Father and the Son in one another, together with the oneness between the ‘I am’ of Yahweh and the ‘I am’ of the Lord Jesus, tell us that the Being of God is not undifferentiated in his oneness, but comprises a Triunity of relations internal to the Godhead.
“As Athanasius discerned, this was already evident in the Nicene concept of the homoousion which implied a distinction as well as a oneness in being between the Son and the Father, and, as he and Gregory Nazianzen also showed, between the Holy Spirit and the Father and the Son as well. The homoousion, with its rejection of any notion of undifferentiated or of partitive relations between the three divine Persons.. carried with it the conception of eternal distinctions and internal relations in the Godhead wholly and mutually interpenetrating one another in the one identical Being of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” (1) This is a picture both of the nature of God and the nature of the oneness He has achieved for us in Christ.
The nature of God and the salvation of God is relationship from start to finish. This mutuality of relationship and interpenetration of being that is God, has actively drawn us into its communion with God in the person of Jesus. This is the enterprise of the trinity*.
ALL PERSON, NO ABSTRACTIONS
‘But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him’ 1 Cor 6.17 NLT.
We make the reality in which we live. We are joined to the Lord and one spirit with Him when we are one with Him in our mindset and therefore one in spirit and truth because we are not living separated in the law. So are we living in Adam or in Christ?
‘When you were dead in your sins* and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins’ Col 2.13 NIV.
MADE ALIVE WITH CHRIST
This is the proper meaning of life in the Spirit. It has nothing in common with the stultified legalism of the law with its debilitating notions of separationism and a parsimonious existence in the tree of knowledge, with its separatist notions of sacred and secular. The point is that the oneness that is God has enveloped humanity to draw all who will into the communion that is God and God’s life.
THE TIME IS NOW
Oneness with God is the spirit and truth that is the incarnation and the life that Jesus revealed of Himself to the woman at the well, when He said, ‘A time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks’ John 4.23 NIV.
Oneness with God is spirit and truth. Christ is our life because He is part of us and in Jesus, we are part of God. ‘Realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20.
* If we choose we can be self-made men and women and because if this dead folks walking because we are not alive in our spirit, having made a life from externalities.
* See The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (pp. 124-125). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.