PUT THE REALITY INTO LIFE
We have a union with God that is not contrived by us, not effected by a worship leader or restricted to an encounter with the Holy Spirit. We have it as the gift of eternal life who is Christ our life and the trinity in us.
Union and fellowship with God is not something we go to church to get and is not more present on some days and less on others. Union with God is what all have had since the cross. It simply is. It is Adam undone and Jesus gained. In Christ you have His communion with His Father and the Spirit always.
UNION WITH CHRIST IS YOURS AND IT’S UNION WITH GOD.
Myk Habets observes that “Union with Christ is not simply evangelical detachment or a monistic merging with the divine. … Union with Christ retains the distinction between Christ and the Christian, along with a spiritual union, in which believers become partakers of the divine nature through participation in Christ (and fellowship with the Spirit)… This process does not involve any ‘dissolution’, ‘disappearance’, ‘identification’, ‘conjunction’ or ‘reversibility’ of the human with the Divine. However, it is for all that a ‘true’ but not ‘ideal’ union. It is a ‘total’ but not ‘physical or intellectual’ union, an ‘indissoluble’ not a ‘transitory’ union. It is a union commensurate with theosis*.” (1)
‘Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist’ 2 John 1.7 NIV.
None of us will become like God by means of the law or religion. We will share in His nature, however in ‘Realizing that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20. When Paul speaks of ‘Christ our life’ this is what he means. It’s what John means when he writes that the Real Gospel is ‘Christ come in our flesh’ along with the warning that dilutions and negations of this come from the spirit of anti-christ.
*THEOSIS MEANS: There is only one God and we are not Him. However, theosis is also the state of being divinized or God-infused, both in character and in person. Peter describes Christians as being “partakers of the divine nature” in 2 Peter 1:4 (KJV). It’s the spirit of sonship manifest in you and in us.
(1) Myk Habets, Theosis in the Theology of Thomas Torrance. P109