AN ULTRA-LIFE, LIFE
In the atonement and incarnation, the reconciliation of man to God is made actual in the person and achievement of Jesus Christ. It is Christ who mediates the belongingness of man to God and Christ who mediates the incarnation of God in man so that we are united to Father in the spirit of sonship and nurtured as daughters and sons in the communion of the trinity.
‘When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’ Col 3.4 NIV. To exhibit your glory is to live as who you are as a son/daughter of God. This is to say, you are by creation and by new creation in the Last Adam.
In Christ’s Gospel we are enfolded in God by the triune God. Not by the law or any effort of ours.
JESUS AS YOU
It is Christ and no other element that imparts His life to us, graces us into His communion and transforms us into His likeness. Thus, Paul speaks of Christ our life and our appearing with Him in glory. Paul adds no other element but asserts that the entirety of our identity and emerging sonship is Christ expressed as us.
We are made one with God by the Christ of God and are made godly as a result of our participation in the divine nature. Godliness is not an abstraction. Godliness is the maturation of who we are as sons and daughters of God. True holiness is more than the absence of sin. It is growth into the limitless expression of a son/daughter of God. Your life in God is ultra-life.
Baptism is an excellent picture of this participation in that we are immersed in the communion of God that is the trinity as a result of which we take on the likeness of the sons of God.
Thomas Torrance writes, “It should now be clear that the oneness of God's being and act in the incarnation and the atonement once for all bridges the relation between man and God, history and eternity. Jesus Christ himself, God and man in his one Person, is the way, the truth and the life, and there is no other way to the Father.
“In him priest and sacrifice, offering and the offeror are one, so that he constitutes in himself the new and living way opened up for us into God's immediate presence… In him God has drawn near to us, and we may draw near to God with complete confidence as those who are sanctified together with Jesus, and who are included in his atoning self-presentation through the eternal Spirit to the Father. That is surely what it means for us sinners to have access to the Father through the blood of Christ and in one Spirit.” (1)
You are one with God by the One Spirit. As a consequence you progress into oneness with self and the ability to be one with others such as your wife, children, colleagues and church members. Community is much more than ‘people together.’ It’s people together in the oneness that is theirs in their oneness with the trinity.
(1)Thomas Torrance, The Mediation of Christ. P 115.