Christ is our life in the New Testament age.
With Jesus by the Spirit manifesting as ourselves we live in the liberty of being conformed to Christ, yet totally ourselves. There is no template of what it is to be a human being other then the template of Jesus. It is in our uniqueness that we as collections of persons in Christ make up the fullness of Christ and give expression to the fullness that originates in Him. The gospel of the Kingdom is unity in diversity. But it is never diverse gospels.
Jesus lives in you to replicate Himself as you. Not something less than Himself like the law or religion.
There is only one gospel of the Kingdom and this is the gospel given to us by Jesus, John Paul and the church fathers who established the contours of the faith at the Council of Nicaea and similar councils. Thus we are never at liberty to have a distinctive gospel peculiar to our community that varies in any way from the teaching of the apostles.
ACCESS BY THE INCARNATION
Any temptation to suggest that we are the one loaf when we are clearly our own loaf must be rejected as specious and a distraction from life itself. Thomas Torrance writes, “Faith in the one God rules out the possibility of having any other gods and that faith in Jesus Christ as ‘the Way, the Truth and the Life’ excludes access to the Father by any other way than that provided by God himself in the incarnation of his Word in Jesus Christ, that is, in what Jesus Christ is in his own personal being.
This would hardly be the case if faith were only subjectively grounded in some inner persuasion of the human mind, and not objectively grounded, as it is, in the universally binding reality of God embodied in Christ as his unique self-giving and self-communication to mankind as Lord and Saviour. In unconditional obedience to that normative divine revelation, Christian faith adopts an approach to God which sets aside any alternative approach, entails a judgment which excludes divergent belief, and endorses an affirmation of truth which thereby rejects other affirmations as false.” (1) In other words if we are part of the Body we do not ‘make stuff up’ and tout it as the Gospel of the Kingdom.
There is one gospel of the Kingdom and one alone. This was assumed in Jesus’ declaration that He is the way, the truth and the life and in Paul’s warning about ‘other gospels’ that come from angels, prophets of any additional source. They attract a curse because they insulate us from our union with God and they distort God, the life He has on offer and they distort us into crippled workers when we could be robust sons/daughters of God, brimming with spirit and life.
OUR TREASURE TROVE
Facets of our great inheritance are as follows.
1. At-one-ment being the forgiveness of sins and oneness with God.
2. Our companionship with the trinity and an intimate knowing of each person of the God-head.
3. The incarnation of the trinity in our being because Christ has come in our flesh.
4. As sons and daughters we are the manifestation of God.
5. The undoing of our life in Adam and the beginning of our life in Jesus with Christ as our life.
6. New Creation fruitfulness and multiplication: We are agents of the new creation.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Trinitarian Faith: The Evangelical Theology of the Ancient Catholic Church (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 23). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.