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There are Believers who are alive in Christ and Believers who are not. They are alive in religion and as result dead in Christ. If we are unaware of the difference between living water and the dead the water of religion we will operate on the basis of including everyone and giving everyone a turn to speak to the church. But in this model Community is Lord and Jesus is not. Here we operate in the illusion in which the dead in Christ are considered the same as the alive with His life. We are blind leaders.
There are spiritual leaders in communities and leaders who are not spiritual and therefore not genuine leaders of the church community. These people are blind leaders of the blind and often blind leaders of those who can see. The best such leaders can do is perpetuate institutionalism. But they inhibit the Kingdom of God because they are place holders rather than agents of Christ’s spirit and life.
As a church members we may do well not to vote such ‘leaders’ out of office or if they cannot be dislodged, go to another church.
In a church that runs entirely on democracy, those who are living water and those who are dead water are regarded as the same. But they are not. Spiritual advance comes from the words of those who have a living relationship with a living Jesus. They deliver spirit and life because they are spirit and life. Such people set the bound free and enlarge new creation life because they are alive in Christ’s life.

The incarnation is the reality of the New Testament age and we must step into it if we are to live in our inheritance. ‘Christ our life’ is of little avail if we take it to mean Christ is our Christianity, because He has not come to multiply religion in us but TO EXPRESS HIMSELF AS US.

We must seize the day by digging up the treasure close at hand in the ground under our feet, possessing the pearl of great Christ and live by eating Jesus rather than eating religion.

Jesus was specific. He said that ‘unless we eat His flesh and drink His blood there is no life in us’. It is personal on his part and volitional on our part. Choosing the law or religion as one’s life is not choosing Christ as our life. To live in the latter is to live in the naked now , in union with God and unimpeded in this union by layers of religion and layers of law. We and Father are one.

Joshua’s ‘choose this day who you will serve’ was a prophetic invitation that is relevant to us. Will we live in this supposed comfort of known religion and anesthetised routine or will we step into the reality that is our oneness with Christ?
Jesus declared the reality of ‘this day’ for the new covenant believer: ‘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

What does the vicarious humanity of Jesus Christ mean for us?
We are [not] passive subjects acted on without our knowledge, participating in a salvation “over our heads” that does not truly reach us in our daily lives. By emphasizing the vicarious humanity of Christ, Torrance does not exclude our personal responses to God but sees them taken up in and with Christ’s response in our humanity.
Christ’s vicarious life does not replace our life, but it means our life is lived rightly only in Him. The Christian life is not built on its own foundation but on Christ. In Him, we participate in the Triune life of God, as we are lifted beyond our human capacity to participate in His relationship with the Father.”(1)

The vicarious ministry of Christ to you is this: Christ is you. We are talking perichoresis, which is our oneness with God and at the same time the rejoicing of us as OUR AUTHENTIC SELF in the spirit of sonship.
‘Jesus is you’ in relation to God and ‘you in response to Himself.’ Hidden in Christ in this way you are revealed as yourself in your real identity as a son/daughter of God. Hidden in the law you remain insulated from God, smothered from your real self and  promoting a version of religion that multiplies un-life in the name of life. Hidden in Christ and lost in the trinity you are found and revealed as yourself as a son/daughter of God.
(1) Morrison, Stephen D.. T. F. Torrance in Plain English (Plain English Series Book 2) (p. 144). Beloved Publishing, LLC. Kindle Edition.
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