JESUS MULTIPLIED IS HIS CHURCH
It cannot be too much emphasised that Christianity is a person rather than a religion. There is no other religion based on God incarnated in humans and manifesting as the church like there is in the Kingdom Jesus began. The fact that God gets to be manifested as His people is why the Faith Jesus began is a kingdom and not a religion.
Jesus’ Kingdom is the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of the sons and daughters of God.
FACE OF CHRIST IS YOU
Jesus Christ is not only fully God. Jesus is the multiplication of Himself as the people who believe Him. Thus He spoke of the church built without human hands. It is in this way – the new and living way that God comes in our flesh. It is in this way in the living expression of Himself as us that we are the church built without human hands and not an ideology, a belief system, a sect or a cult. We are more than an institution. We are an incarnation
BRANCHES AND FRUIT
The simplicity of the Gospel is not only that we are forgiven for our sins. But that all who believe are the manifestation of Christ. In Christ we become part of God and fully ourselves. As a whole as the expression of Jesus we are the Body of Christ. It’s not a definition. It’s oneness with God actualised as us. The fact of the personal Jesus joining us to the personal trinity makes us sons of God in a way that law or religion can never do.
One can live a skeletal, fundamentalist Christianity. We might live out our lives in a literary intellectualised Christianity. Or we may adopt a religion of good works. Whether we are rivers of spirit and life depends not on how sincere or avid we are. But whether we have started from first base: The trinity in us. You as the expression of Christ because He has come in your flesh is the multiplication of His life and our inheritance in Him.
PHANTOMS OF THE UNSELF
Living from the law we might rise to be ciphers of righteousness and by adhering to religion we might get to be shadows of real ourselves. Only through incarnation and Christ come in our flesh can we actually become persons in the sense of persons who are sons and not figments of some construct of the knowledge of good and evil.
A PERSONAL EXPRESSION
Torrance writes, “[It Is] in and through Jesus Christ in particular that God’s interrelations with us and our interrelations with God are acutely personalised, for Jesus is the personalising activity of God incarnated in the midst of our human existence and our subject-subject relations. He the incarnate ‘I am’ of God is the personalising Person in relation to whom in the Spirit we are personalised through the reconciling and re-creating activity of the Holy Trinity. In the Lord Jesus Christ himself the one Mediator between God and man, divine and human nature are united in one Person, as the Council of Chalcedon formulated it.” (1)
THE REAL YOU – SON/DAUGHTER OF GOD
In the I AM of God you become the I am of you, growing into your glory as a son/daughter of God and a river of living water. It should be well known but it isn’t that old covenant Believers are unlikely to speak out revelation from God or speak words of spirit and life. One will never be spirit and life simply by ‘doing.’ We irrigate the world with spirit and life in oneness with God. We already have it. Just live in your inheritance.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 160). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.