THE TREE AND THE FRUIT
Wholeness and holiness is not about measuring up to Christ. It’s Christ becoming you.
The substance and application of our salvation and our life in the fellowship of God was seen by The Fathers to be the effect of the nature of the trinity and the replication of it’s oneness in us. This achieved the end of Adamic alienation and the joys of our communion with God.
Such a communion, we need to say, is not something effete or religious but God incarnate in our everyday lives, our normally living selves and our life together as families and societies. It has very little to do with the studied virtue and contrived kindnesses of those who are not kind and not whole. Wholeness and holiness is not about measuring up to Christ. It’s Christ becoming you.
This quality of life in us is the solution to the Babylon/Egypt of chaos in which our system of production and its polity is the octopus that is killing us and the earth. Godliness is neither religious or a separated piety from everyday living. It is the flowering of the real self and the practical, powerful and living way of transforming ourselves and the creation.
Godliness in Jesus is us.
Thomas Torrance writes, “This incipient credal formulation of belief was not a ‘hypothetical system’ of ideas excogitated out of the inner religious consciousness of the Church – such as the Gnostics kept dreaming up and putting forward as an alleged ‘body of truth’ – and then arbitrarily and distortingly imposed upon the interpretation of the Gospel. Rather was it a disclosure of the internal unity and harmony of the Gospel through a representation of the way in which different ‘members of the truth’ are conjoined within the organic structure of ‘the body of the truth”. (1)
NOT A CONCOCTION
It was not something made-up and not a body of additional doctrine that emanated from a prophet as a modification of the gospel handed down to the saints. It was the coalescing of the original Gospel of Christ, the apostles teaching and the expression of the church fathers in the creeds. It remains as normative for the Christian church and describes what it means to belong to the Body of Christ because it expresses what it means to belong to God.
The Gospel is co-extensive with the trinity and is the trinity in action in that this is the enterprise of Father, Son and Holy Spirit on our behalf. Wholeness and holiness is not about measuring up to Christ. It’s Christ becoming you.
'When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory' Col 3.4 NIV.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 76). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.