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There may be niggardly Gospels which are based on self-effort and a scarcity mentality. They give rise to ‘giving up’, formulaic living, false grace and false christ’s. One of the most threadbare type gospels often takes the form of a couple of church distinctives trademarked as a stairway to heaven. This is the essence of ‘contract grace-making’ and paddocks of tares in which we may sow religion but little agency for Kingdom making.

But we are graced and made holy by all of Christ’s lived accomplishments among us.

Alexandra Radcliff observes, “
Humanity is .. sanctified both by Jesus’s active and passive obedience. J. B. [Torrance] writes, The Son of God takes our humanity, sanctifies it by his vicarious life in the Spirit (John 17:17–18), carries it to the grave to be crucified and buried in him, and in his resurrection and ascension carries it into the holy presence of God.
‘And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all’ (Heb 10:10). This once-for-all rooting of sanctification with justification in the vicarious humanity of Christ is crucial in order to avoid people being made dependent upon their own efforts to try and achieve sanctification.” Such as inventing ‘contracts.’
T. F. [Torrance] perceives that when sanctification is rooted definitively with justification in the vicarious humanity of Christ, there is no need for the believer to try and achieve it for himself: Justification by grace alone remains the sole ground of the Christian life; we never advance beyond it, as if justification were only the beginning of a new self-righteousness, the beginning of a life of sanctification which is what we do in response to justification.” (1)
When we live the Eucharist, Christ is our life and has come in our flesh. Thus in our living we become the expression of Jesus. The genius of this is that we manifest Jesus as ourselves in creativity and vision.
(1) Radcliff, Alexandra S.. The Claim of Humanity in Christ: Salvation and Sanctification in the Theology of T. F. and J. B. Torrance (Princeton Theological Monograph Series Book 222) (p. 136). Pickwick Publications, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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