The truth of our rich life in God is that God has reached out to us in Jesus Christ to enfold us in Himself. Thus, the separation Adam began has been undone and the Kingdom of God flowing from the union of humanity with God has begun. New creation life is the effect of Christ our life in our Everyday.
WORSHIP IS A LIFE
James Torrance writes, “Worship is.. the gift of participating through the Spirit in the incarnate Son’s communion with the Father.. He lifts us up out of ourselves to participate in the very life and communion of the Godhead - that life of communion for which we were created.” Due to the atonement and incarnation, human beings have available to them a closer union with God than before the fall. Not only is there a human being sharing sovereignty with Father, but Father, Son and Holy Spirit are woven into our being and because of this into the church. The Body of Christ is thus a state of being and a spiritual manifestation in our flesh – not a definition or a proof text position.
Perichoresis means we are part of God and God is part of us and our distinct identity occurs because of it. We will be sons of God in oneness and sons of the slave woman in the law.
LIFE IN THE SPIRIT IS..
The atonement flowing from the cross and the incarnation flowing from atonement is life in the Spirit and the basis of a consistent holiness and the gifts of the Spirit. The incarnation is much more than a doctrine, a collection of words or a Christian datum. It’s the unification of God and human beings in the person of Jesus Christ. There are denominations who possess an understanding of the Holy Spirit and the incarnation as constructs. But these have no reality in people’s lives because the basis of their communion is the law rather than the Being of Christ who has enfolded us in God.
TIED TO DEATH
To hang on to one law or ten is to join ourselves to Moses, which is to connect with Adam and in Adam to be part and parcel of the culture of the knowledge of good and evil, also called the law of sin and death which is the regime of Satan in the world.
‘For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death’ Rom 8.2 ESV.
Christ our life is basic to the realisation of the Kingdom of God in us personally and in the earth. We live in oneness with God, are righteous in the sight of God and grow in Godliness when Christ in us is a reality and not a bunch of words that tie us to the law or religion.
‘He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit’ Titus 3.5 NIV.
“The doctrine of the incarnation [is] fundamental to understanding the Jesus of the Gospels and the rest of the New Testament.” (1) In fact, we may say with certainty that a gospel in which the incarnation is not basic is ‘no gospel at all’.
Jesus Christ did not come among us and has not come into our being to be copied because we are no more able to copy Jesus than the Jews were able to keep the law. Thus, the meme ‘keeping close to Jesus’ needs to be rejected as the bit of non-gospel that it is. Jesus keeps close to you and in fact is in you and woven into your being. “The accounts we have of Christ.. only make sense if we first grasp the true nature of his being, namely, that he is God become incarnate” - (2) which is to say incarnated in you and in us.
LIE OF THE LAW
Common sense and appearances do not always furnish the truth about the relations between phenomena. To the natural eye legalism and law-based action appears sensible and righteous. It’s the basis of Islam of political correctness and denominations that hold the law as core.
Legalism looks good up to the point where the pieties pathetic and contradict themselves. Legalism is a kind of logical positivism. “The positivist observes habits of nature. He or she predicts from a basis of statistical probability. Not from an understanding of the actual nature of being.” (3)
Like the pundit who must rely on past events and actions to explain the political ambiguities of the present – yet without insight or discernment – the legalist attempts to understand the Gospel by the tenets of the knowledge of good and evil. But never does. And until born again, the words ‘Christ our life’ as the bedrock of the Kingdom as Christ come in our flesh are an enigma and a nonsense to him.
Baxster Kruger astutely observes that “When we are absorbed in sin consciousness and forgiveness, we hear very little “About the staggering reality of our inclusion in Jesus’ relationship with his father in the spirit.” Nevertheless, this is the core of the Gospel and the basis of the new creation Kingdom of Heaven.
(1) Ritchie, Bruce. T. F. Torrance in Recollection and Reappraisal (p. 66). Pickwick Publications. Kindle Edition.