BRIGHT

CHRIST YOUR LIFE

YOU BELONG. YOU ARE INCLUDED NOW

 
We can drop notions of earning Christ. The truth is that he has earned us. Don’t be trapped into thinking that you must do things to get yourself in order before you are worthy of His help. Jesus is your worthiness.
 
GRACED BY INCLUSION IN CHRIST
 
Legalism is a parody of the Gospel because it is self-effort. Christ has already made us one with God. Our effort is learning to rest in this and to make the habit of living included in Christ.  Paul called this Christ in you and Christ our life. He is our life for forgiveness and transformation. His life for us and in us is direct with the purpose of making us the expression of Himself. None of this is a work of our flesh but it is the truth of the mystery of Christ by the Spirit expressed as June and Bob.
 
GOD’S NEW AND LIVING WAY
 
God begins with himself alone as creator, working this time not out of nothing but within our human existence. Of that act in which God begins with himself alone, the virgin birth is the outward sign, the sign that here in the midst of our humanity, in the midst of true and normal humanity, God is creatively at work in a new way – the sign, in fact, that he who is born of Mary is the creator himself…
 
MYSTERY OF ONENESS WITH GOD
 
“The virgin birth cannot be understood apart from the whole mystery of Christ, apart from the union of divine and human nature in the one person of Jesus Christ.” It’s because the virgin birth is real and effective that Christ come in your flesh is real and effective.
 
FREED FROM ALL THAT IS DEAD
 
They [virgin birth and resurrection] tell us that here within our fallen existence God has acted creatively and redemptively in such continuity with us that we may share in it, but in such discontinuity with our fallen humanity that we may all through sharing in him be liberated from our bondage and decay, and corruption and sin to a new life in the new humanity.” We are born again.
 
ALL ARE MADE ALIVE
 
The new humanity comes about from the death of our Adam and the resurrection of our new self in Christ. This is the new life that Paul tells us about in Romans 8. This is what baptism means and why the mechanical mindset of legalism renders baptism meaningless. Our new humanity in Christ is the eucharist lived – not as a rite but the reality of Christ incarnated in us. Christ come in our flesh is life in the Spirit.

TRINITY IN YOU