SEPARATION IS NOT YOUR INHERITANCE IN CHRIST
‘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 NIV. Our part is to REALIZE and practice what God has made real in Christ. There is no universalism. We don’t get our inheritance unless we live from this gospel. To participate in this infinite grace we must baptized into the reality He has made for us to live in. What is this reality? The reality is a ‘who’. This reality is Christ.
The Kingdom of God is the life of God expressed as a you and as us all. We become holy as God is holy because we believe the truth. What truth? The truth that Christ lives in us and that He is our life. Jesus declared Himself the way, the truth and the life because He is. Jesus did not set up a religion on behalf of our Father. He made Himself the Way of being one with our Father.
To buy Satan’s lie. The lie that we should attempt Godliness in independence of God is to bind ourselves in the law – a law of one kind or another, whether it be Hammurabi’s code, Moses laws or political correctness. They are all effects of a separated life from God in the self-made realm of the knowledge of good and evil. Thus it should not surprise us the basis of our salvation is union with God in Jesus Christ. The lie has been exposed and Adam’s separation has been undone.
Just as Jesus and Father were one so we and Father are one in Jesus. This is the at-one-ment and the Plan. Torrance observes, “Christ subjected himself ‘under the law’ to redeem those who are ‘under the law’, nevertheless his act of grace in justifying us freely through redemption was ‘apart from law’. Such is the utterly radical nature of the atoning mediation perfected in Christ, which is to be grasped, as far as it may, not in the light of abstract moral principle, but only in the light of what he has actually done in penetrating into the dark depths of our twisted human existence and restoring us to union and communion with God in and through himself.” (1)
HOW TO ORDER OUR LIFE
‘What God has actually done’ must determine who we are and what we do. Thus Jesus, our Father and the Spirit are the soil out of which we grow as daughters and sons. Impeding factors in this growth determining whether we will exhibit stagnation or much fruit are illustrated in the Parable of the Sower. This is a parable in which other gospels and the real gospel are compared. Rocks and stones are fittingly an image of continued adherence to the law. ‘Deep soil’ is our union with God and the fullness of our dwelling in the trinity and the trinity in us.
You do not live separated from God in this age. Not unless you insist on a mindset that places you there. By believing that we and Father are one and that God has interwoven Himself into our being we live out our inheritance without adopting additions to Christ or mistaken notions of ‘keeping close to Jesus,’ which is actually a very subtle legalism. Christ is your life and lives to imbue you with Himself. Our part is to agree that this is so and to live from His gospel rather than lesser and diluted ‘religious gospels’ that deny the Kingdom and suffocate our sonship.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Trinitarian Faith: The Evangelical Theology of the Ancient Catholic Church (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 160). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.