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THE INCARNATION OF CHRIST IN YOU

DO BETTER THAN SIN MANAGEMENT


Our Christianity is not primarily about morals, nor is it about being victorious over sin. Not saying that sin is ok and we are saying that sins are degrading and addictions debilitating. But sin is driven out by life. Christ’s life.

LIFE WITHOUT MEASURE
What we are saying is that JESUS IS ABOUT LIFE and that we have union with His life through the cross and Holy Spirit. We are much better off to focus less on our sins and more on the fact that Jesus is our life. He is our Forgiveness in person and the living way of the self being conformed to His holiness and righteousness through union with Him and our oneness with the trinity.

GOSPEL OF CONDEMNATION
It’s clear from the rants of determined fundamentalists and
misinformed Christian figures that to them, our life in God is pretty much about behaviour modification and that many of these believe we must work up an amount of worthiness, (read sanctification), in order to have fellowship with Christ. But we have fellowship with Christ because He is our life. His humanity vis a vis God is our personal humanity in relation to God. Christ is us. The vicar of Christ is Christ and He is our relationship to Himself and to the trinity.
IN CHRIST IS IN GOD
So ‘keeping close to Jesus’ is achieved by Jesus and not by us. The fact is, He is in us and with us. You do not become separate from Jesus if you sin, or if you have not given proper weight to your devotions. Christ is in you and in Him the trinity is with you and in you.
But we do not live ignoring this. We live this as our reality.

COMFORT IN GOD
It is within the certainty and security of this already achieved union that we grow to maturity as sons and daughters. But our success as over-comers is never the ticket to union with God.

We have this union with God.
We need to live in it for the pleasure of fellowship and joy and because positioned in union we enjoy the life of God, His life purges sin and death from our members. But keep in mind that the bottom line is not our victories but His victory over sin and death.
SIN IS WHAT WE ARE OUTSIDE OF CHRIST
Keep in mind as well that sin is more subtle and more present than the easily spotted sexual sin or an action like stealing or lying. Our sin may be a selfish use of resources that results in the killing of the earth. Or a subtle bigotry in regard to our beliefs. Or a willingness to settle for a half gospel rather than a whole gospel.
Or it may be a dismissive attitude to the poor that supports an entitled view of the self and one’s class.
Or it could be a critical attitude to environmentalists because we are more interested in our interests than we are in the community of the earth.
It may be that our sin is a self-induced blindness to the spreading cancer of the suffocation of atmosphere and ocean.
Or it may be the promotion of a gospel that is almost Christ’s gospel but not quite – with the result that people are denied the fullness of life that is theirs.
Then again our sin may be the attachment to religious abstractions rather than  to a personal Jesus. Even gospel truth is not necessarily a relationship with Jesus, given that what we have been gifted is a state of being – of being one with God. There’s no point in claiming belonging to the Body of Christ if our participation in His life is merely notional – which it is if we are still contained in the separation of the law – a perspective that warps our entire concept of what it means to have a life in God.
UNION AND PARTICIPATION
Torrance asserts that holiness and wholeness is participation in the life of God.
The goal of the Gospel, for Torrance, is not the atonement alone. It is union with Christ and participation in the Triune life of God that makes up the ultimate goal of God’s saving acts. The Gospel does not primarily proclaim salvation away from something but rather salvation for the sake of union with Christ and participation in the life of God (theosis). Therefore, the capstone of Torrance’s theology is the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ; we are “with Jesus besides God” in the life and love of the Holy Trinity.” (1)
 
(1) Morrison, Stephen D.. T. F. Torrance in Plain English (Plain English Series Book 2) (p. 195). Beloved Publishing, LLC. Kindle Edition.
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The Trinity in You