WE CAN BE ALIVE WITH SPIRIT AND LIFE
When Jesus came as God to represent God, He announced Himself as The Way, the Truth and The life. He came as Being and He came as a human being.
One of the greatest pleasures in life is to be oneself. This should not surprise us as the trinity had so much joy in being themselves that they decided to share their life with those who would be sons and daughters of God. ‘Like Father, like sons’ we might say. Indeed, the greatest holiness is to be oneself in Jesus Christ. True sanctification is becoming more you, rather than being a clone of an institution or the expression of a legal abstraction.
GOD CAME IN THE FLESH
Any rendition of God that is different to Christ is not God. Any way of Godliness that is not Christ our life is not Godliness. Any gospel that starts with Jesus and ends with the law is not His Gospel. Every Gospel that is Christ incarnated in you is the Gospel of the Kingdom.
MATURING AS SONS AND DAUGHTERS
The New Birth begins our departure from religion and the start of Christ our life. We depart Adam’s dualistic separation to be one with Christ and His oneness with the triune God.
Christ our life results in you as a manifestation of Christ and hence as a son of God. Our life in the body in Christ is the progression of Christ’s Spirit come in our flesh. It’s our growing in grace and our passage from glory to glory.
ULTIMATE BECOMING YOU
Thus Myk Habets writes, following Thomas Torrance, “When Christ comes again, we shall see him in his glory and in that seeing we shall know as we are known and so we shall become like him. The resurrection of believers at the last day is not to an incorporeal spirit-state, but a physical resurrection like Christ’s.
“To be spiritual is not to be less human but more fully and truly human, as it was for Christ before us. [Godliness is not religious] As our Head, Christ’s life experience will one day be that of those united to him by the Holy Spirit: as he was raised to newness of life and into a glorified state so we too will be.
“Torrance reminds us that as surely as in Holy Communion we eat the bread and drink the wine which become assimilated into our own physical existence, so surely we who partake of the body and blood of Christ given for us, will rise with him out of the grave into newness of life, attaining at last the redemption of the body in the new creation. Here Torrance echoes what the early Christians thought to be an indispensable aspect of theosis: that finite human beings can, in Christ and through the Holy Spirit, attain immortality.” (1)
THE I AM OF YOU
Christ knows you as you are. He is the only One who does. With Christ as our life we will be true to God and true to ourselves.
Intimations of immortality appear in our new-born life as the Spirit of Christ manifests in our flesh and the grace and optimism of the trinity is imbued in our being. There is everything to be gained when Christ is our life. But little gained if the law and religion is our life. Why have droplets when you can be rivers of living water?
(1) Habets Myk, Theosis in the Theology of Thomas Torrance, p.30