CHRIST YOUR LIFE IS THE WAY OF SPIRIT AND LIFE AS YOU
We are privileged in this day and age to be woven into God in Christ. Privileged since the cross and privileged because this truth is once again becoming known, which is to say that ‘Christ in you’ is becoming a state of being rather than a saying or scriptural quotation. People are becoming aware that one can belong to the Body of Christ with substance or without it. The latter relies on proof texts. The former is the state of being in which we are incarnated with God.
This is not to say that holiness and liberation from addictions is not worthwhile. But it is to say that healing, holiness and wholeness is found when Christ is our life rather than bits and pieces of religion are our life.
BEING AND TRANSFORMATION
Myk Habets observes that “For Torrance, there is no tension between the divinity of Jesus Christ and the divinity of God. The act of God is the divine being of God, and this act is Jesus Christ as the deity of God.” (1) The action of Christ is that He is in you and the new creation of Christ is that He imparts Himself to you. We are graced with His life as grace and re-creation in His image. The genius of this is that you don’t become Jesus of Nazareth but you do become yourself in spirit and in truth.
The true self emerges as we are hidden in Christ. The real self becomes us when Christ is our life and self-creation is not.
Richard Rohr talks of the false self and the true self. We grow into the true self as Believers when we begin living Christ our life instead of Christ our religion. This is the beginning of the new birth. Many folks do not live from their true self because they are living from their self-made self. In Christianity this is living from some version of Adam and the law. Many who say that are not legalists are in fact living from an ethical construct that is identical to the law. Paul tells us the law has been replace by Christ our life (Gal 2.21).
We can make advances in Godliness and personhood when we realise that Godliness is not ‘doing things’ but that Godliness is God incarnated in our being. ‘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. This is the day we are reborn from Adam into Christ our life.
(1) Theosis in the Theology of Thomas Torrance, p.67.