AN EXCESS OF LIFE
‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind’ John 1.1-5 NIV.
CHRIST OUR LIFE
When Jesus declares Himself ‘the way, the truth and the life’ He is declaring the nature of God and the way and the ‘being’ of our sonship – being of the kind that Paul declared when he said ‘In Him we live, move and have our being.’ We are talking relationship and identity – the who of God that makes for the ‘wh0’ of us.
“God has given us the gift of existence, a gift which He alone has the right to, but which He still chooses to give freely to us. Our existence is sustained in the existence of God Himself, as the fountain of existence itself.”(1)
In God we have more than existence. We have life without limit. This is our sharing in the quality of life that the trinity enjoy together. We are talking, us in Christ and Christ in us, which translates to the interwoveness of the self and the church into the Family of God. We are not God, but as sons we share in the nature of God. In Jesus we are one with the Father and the Holy Spirit. We are ignited with life that is the Breath of Life.
We can live from the law in the equivalent of a scarcity mentality. Here our life is about ‘hanging on to our stuff.’ The result is rotting fruit on the bench and a fridge full of mouldy food. This is an image of ourselves living from the scarcity of the law. The Lord’s Table is a banquet of abundance - the life of the trinity in you.
To define Christ as an upholder of the law and to see godliness as an expression of the law is a caricature of Godliness and grave presumption. It’s also a lie. Jesus did n0t come to make us religious. He came to give us the life of God. He lives to be His life as our life. His presence in us is direct.
To define life as law-keeping is a gross vanity, a slander against God and an insidious abuse. We can represent ourselves as diligent slaves in the law and purveyors of humbug in religion and earn praise from some. But with Christ as our life we are more than a representation of godliness. We are the sons of God.
(1) Morrison, S. D.. We Belong: Trinitarian Good News (p. 14). Beloved Publishing. Kindle Edition.