What is the nature of our restoration into Sonship? We were never abandoned as sons and daughters. We were however pursued so that the original vision of the triune fellowship would be realised. This vision is for human beings to join God in the rich and exultant life that is theirs as the Triune Communion that is God.
The nature of our sonship is that our estrangement has been undone.
Oneness is ours in the fellowship of the trinity who surround us and are woven into our being. The spirit of adoption is as close as your body, soul and spirit. The Christ who came in the flesh lives in your being. Woven into our being Christ is part of us, which means that we are part of God. Just as daughters and sons come from the flesh of their parents, so we have come from the being of God. But in the case of our divine parentage, the triune God is woven into us and we are woven into God in the spirit.
In his book, The Mediation of Christ, Thomas Torrance puts it this way. “In Jesus Christ the Son of the Father has personally entered into our human existence where we have forfeited our right as children of God, interpenetrated the structures of our personal and interpersonal being - constituting relations as sons and daughters in the creaturely family of God which we have polluted and falsified.. in our self-centred alienation from him and from one another, thus turning the truth of the very image of God in which we have been created into a lie.
“But having entered into and made his own that estranged and disobedient condition of our human being, he has converted it back in his own human being in love and obedience to the Father.” (1)
ENFOLDED IN THE GARMENT OF HIMSELF
In Jesus Christ God has reached out and enfolded us in the Communion of Godself. We are one with God because God has made it so. Not because we make it so. The essence of the Kingdom is not a moral program. It’s belonging and being; being daughters and sons woven into God. Righteousness is not irrelevant. It grows in us because Jesus becomes us. But our inclusion and oneness with God is the essence of our Christ-life and the adventure of our becoming as individuals and the community of the saints.
COMFORT IS HERE
This is the essence of salvation which is much more than ‘going to heaven.’ It’s life in oneness with God. The genius of our inheritance is the incarnation. This is the incarnation that we celebrate at the Lord’s Table when do in symbol what Jesus has instructed us to do in everyday life – EAT HIM. He said that ‘Those who eat me will live because of Me.’ In eating Jesus we participate in the oneness of being that He enjoys with Father and Holy Spirit.
A life in oneness with God is simply agreeing with Christ that He has made us one with Himself, our Father and Holy Spirit. This oneness is direct. Mediated by Christ Himself into our being. Don’t look to religious artifacts to mediate what is already mediated directly into our being by Christ in us. Christ is our life. Religious artificacts are not. Nevertheless when we are living as incarnated beings by the One Spirit, we do impart life to all we do, including our life together in Christ.