YOUR TRUE STATE OF POST CROSS BEING
Karl Barth wrote, “What happened on that day (of Easter) became, was and remained the centre around which everything else moves. For everything lasts its time, but the love of God - which was at work and was expressed in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead - lasts forever. Because this event took place, there is no reason to despair, and even when we read the newspaper with all its confusing and frightening news, there is every reason to hope.”
HOPE AND RESTORATION
Hope in spite of personal wounding, family chaos and even the death of family and friends is found in the reality of Christ our life.
Our personal healing, the healing of marriages, families, societies and nations comes from the amazing fact of the trinity in you. Jesus urged, ‘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. The day we realize this is the day we are reborn and the day the life that as the fullness of God begins to expand in our being.
SPIRIT AND LIFE
The new creation arises as the Kingdom of life – not because we admire wise sayings or promote morals and Christian values. The new creation becomes heaven among when we agree with Christ that we have been drawn into Hid life; into the fellowship of His triune being.
The Nicaean Creed was written in the 4th century A. D. largely to counter the heresy of Arianism that made Christ a lesser god. It contains the foundational beliefs of all denominations that are genuinely Christian. It is just as relevant today among Believers who import the law into the new testament making a lesser Christ, a lesser gospel and a lesser self. legalism suffocates the incarnation by attaching us to separation and prolonging the fall mindset. As such, it vitiates the spirit of sonship and enfeebles what could have been robust kings and priests.
The Key to the meaning of life is Jesus Christ. The engine that drives the transformation of the earth is the incarnation – Christ in us. The healing of the world starts not with the gifts or the anointing but our cross-achieved union with God. Heaven invades earth when the oneness we already have with God is possessed and rested in.
The meaning of Jesus Christ is that He is the revelation of who Father is and He is also the revelation of who we as human sons/daughters are. Aberrant theologies might make the personhood of God and of we humans an expression of the law. This is an unwarranted and bizarre assumption that should be seen for what it is: A scheme to prolong the fall and its illusory modes of being – what Peter called cunningly devised fables can surface as niche theologies and ‘other gospels.’ They gain credence as though they are some additional understanding from God rather then the lie they are.
Torrance affirms that it’s all about relationship. “The Father is not properly Father apart from the Son and the Spirit, and the Son is not properly Son apart from the Father and the Spirit, and the Spirit is not properly Spirit apart from the Father and the Son, for by their individual characteristics or distinctive properties as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, they exist in and through one Another and belong to and ever live for each Other.” (1)
And we are not properly sons and daughters apart from union with God. This is a union that is ours now. It is this oneness that is the meaning of the Christian life and the difference between believers who are religious and Believers who are alive with the spirit and life of the incarnation.
Trinitarian personages get identity and definition from their mutual relationship which includes a certain interpenetration of being and personal identity of the kind that is known as perichoresis. This is. Our life and identity in God.
In this archetype we come into the fullness of our sonship when we live as part of God and He as part of us. Perichoresis, means that beings are part of each other yet remain uniquely themselves due the relationship.
Continuing on the nature of the trinity, Torrance asserts that “No divine Person is who he is without essential relation to the other two, and yet each divine Person is other than and distinct from the other two […] The relations between the divine Persons belong to what they are as Persons—they are constitutive onto-relations [about being]. ‘Person’ is an onto-relational concept”.
Torrance could have just as easily been writing about a good marriage. Man and woman are made in the image of God (trinity) and marriage is certainly based on a similar pattern to perichoresis.
Once again this is illustrative of the nature of God and the nature of us. This is why Paul speaks of Christ our life and declares that Christ lives in us. John is even more assertive declaring that the Christ come in our flesh – the incarnation - is the Key to our post cross Kingdom Life. We are made who we are in the image of God and we grow into who we are as new creation beings in the perichoresis of our union with God.
(1) Morrison, Stephen D.. T. F. Torrance in Plain English (Plain English Series Book 2) (pp. 106-107). Beloved Publishing, LLC. Kindle Edition.
(2) Ibid, (p. 109).