THE VICARIOUS HUMANITY OF JESUS FOR YOU
The vicarious humanity of Christ imbues us with humanity and Godliness in the form of Jesus as us. Jesus Christ is our relationship with Christ as well as our belonging in the family of God. We need to assert this because many of us struggle to maintain what we define as a good relationship with Christ. We often regard the quality of our efforts as the ‘yes or no’ of either eternal life or acceptance with God. But Jesus Christ is our acceptance with God.
A LIFE IN GOD
A life in God is more than about right and wrong. This is not the foundational issue. Oneness with God as sons and daughters of God is the issue from which all else proceeds. God has made us one with God in God. This is to say that the trinity has reached out to enfold us in the divine family in the person of Jesus Christ.
IN OUR PLACE
In his book The Mediation of Christ, Thomas Torrance observes that “In worship and prayer Jesus Christ acts in our place and on our behalf in both a representative and a substitutionary way so that what he does in our stead is nevertheless effected as our very own, issuing freely and spontaneously out of ourselves.” This has been called the vicarious humanity of Christ.
To believe in Christ is not actually to embark on an attempt to secure Christ’s help by self-discipline and fulfilled resolve. To believe in Christ is to agree with Christ that we have been received into His life as a person and His communion with Father and Holy Spirit.
IN OUR PLACE
“Through his incarnational and atoning union Jesus Christ has united himself with us in such a reconciling and sanctifying way that he interpenetrates and gathers up all our faltering, unclean worship and prayer into himself, assimilates them to his one self-oblation to God, so that when he presents himself as the worship and prayer of all creation, our worship and prayer are presented there also. When the Father accepts us in Jesus Christ his beloved Son, who then can distinguish our worship and prayer from Jesus' worship and prayer, for they are one and the same, wholly his and wholly ours in him?”
God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself. Christ is in you being your reconciled self. Jesus is your grace and ‘your you’ in regard to your communion with God. Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. It is He who joins you to God. Not you or your efforts. His burden is light because our response is to agree with Christ that He is our life.