The Son of God was incarnated as Jesus of Nazareth. Following the cross Jesus became incarnated in all who believe. We call this life in the Spirit. John called it ‘Christ come in our flesh’.
MEANING OF MEANING
In discussing the meaning of events in the life of Christ and their significance for us in our life as Believers, George Hunsinger observes that “The position to be taken.. is that an event extraordinary in kind will, of necessity, involve modes of knowledge and signiﬁcance that are also extraordinary.” (1) Hunsinger makes this comment in relation to the resurrection of Christ. I am citing it with reference to the incarnation and the reality of Christ in us. The Reality that Paul cites as ‘Christ our life’ and the reality that theologians insist is the foundation of the New Creation.
The incarnation is extraordinary and being an effect of the Spirit, it is easier to understand than focussing on acts of merit and attempting to do them in Jesus’ strength. Christ come in our flesh in actuality is why the law need no longer come in our flesh – because it is the flesh and because it is Adam and not Christ.
If we are unwilling to believe that Christ comes in our flesh and instead insist on binding ourselves to the law come in our flesh, we may as well deny that the Son of God was incarnated as Jesus of Nazareth, because Jesus of Nazareth incarnated in you is the same kind of thing.
Sure, we are free to live in the stultification of the law and deny the reality that is Christ our life – but we should not be surprised that we die inside and worse – having semi-believed, have never really lived. Not effervesced with spirit and life because we chose the woodenness of the law over the spirit and life as Christ manifesting as us. You live a wooden life in the law because the law is the major branch of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
HALF DEAD OR ALIVE WITH SPIRIT?
When Christ is our life, we are fully human and fully alive. Here we are talking incarnation and oneness – not religion and not even Christianity. We mean the manifestation of Jesus as us and that’s not all. We mean that we are the expression of the trinitarian life of God. THIS IS WHAT SONS ARE.
If all we have is an ideology, a belief system or a religion we are selling ourselves short, because we have been bought with a price which gives us access to infinity.
We become what we look on. This is to say that if we look on Jesus as the Mirror of who we are, we will take on His characteristics. Yet Jesus is not someone to copy. He lives to be our life. This is the incarnation and the rationale of The Plan. Father’s command is to believe His Son. Jesus’ testimony is that He is our life. The primary task of Holy Spirit is to bear witness to Jesus as to who He is, what He accomplished for us and to shepherd us along the new and living way that is our new covenant fellowship with God.
‘To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory’ Col 1.27 NIV. The glory of you is revealed as the Spirit of Jesus is expressed as you.
Jesus is not only outside us as a genuine entity. He is inside us as a genuine person. By looking at Jesus we see who God is. We also see who we are and by beholding we become changed. Neither the law or religion will change you – except for the worse. Both are counterfeit mirrors and ‘other gospels.’ Jesus is in you and with you for a reason. Firstly so that you can fellowship with the trinity, which is your destiny and right in Jesus. Secondly so that you can be part of God and God can be part of you. Thirdly so you can be sons in spirit and in truth and as such agents of the new creation. As Jesus said,
‘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. Holy Spirit wants you to realise this. Miracles and gifts from the Spirit are signs that this kind of union with God is real. Signs that our real home is the trinity and that this ‘Home’ has come to us and lives in us. This is the source of our new creation agency.
‘Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation’ Gal 6.15. Pieces of you and fractions of your time are ineffectual in transformative power. The whole of you has been circumcised by the cross. All of you has been re-created by Jesus’ resurrection. His Spirit in you in the engine of your continual transformation.
The day you realize your union with God is the day that you are joined to the fullness of God and commence to grow into the fullness of you. This is our rebirth and the start of our evolution into our sonship and increasing glory. Richard Rohr writes,
“True mirroring only needs to be received and recognized once—and once is enough to change you forever. But it deepens if we “gaze steadily and make it a habit,” as James says. This is the heart of all prayer.” It is the heart of all advance into our fullness as sons and daughters of God.” (2)
(1) George Hunsinger (2004). The daybreak of the new creation: Christ's resurrection in recent theology. Scottish Journal of Theology, 57, pp 163-181 doi: 10.1017/ S0036930604000067
(2) Rohr, Richard. The Divine Dance: The Trinity and your transformation (Kindle Locations 827-829). SPCK. Kindle Edition.