YOU ARE WORTHY IN CHRIST
The Christian Message is never about manipulation and control. It’s not about abstractions or ideology. It is unadulterated life in Jesus Christ.
There are gospels in which it is hinted or asserted that we get accepted by God by making ourselves worthy of acceptance. A long-time Christian lady told me once that intimacy with Christ is earned by good works. Another, a preacher of a more enlightened message declared that Jesus receives you as you are. Not as you should be.
God’s main aim is to secure our belonging and enjoy our company. That’s His passion. The effect of our adoption is a joy in living, a freedom to be ourselves and the gradual setting free from a self that has been a captive to addictions, degradations and false views of the self and of life.
As religious Christians non-believers can find us irritating. With Christ 0ur life we are simply life-giving persons.
Holiness is not religiosity and Godliness is not piety. It’s belief of the kind that we allow God to be His life as us. We cannot pull ourselves out of a hole by our whiskers. Self-achieved goodness is a myth held dear by the world and the misguided Christian. Your starting point is not separation from God. It’s union with God. Live from this position and you will grow into a genuinely holy and fulfilling life.
HAS BECOME ONE WITH US
Torrance writes, “How abysmal and desperate the lost condition of man is, may be discerned in the fact that it needed nothing short of the Lord God himself to become one with us in our sin and death in order to redeem and save mankind. Far from the Gospel being empty of reality the fact that Jesus Christ is the incarnation within our alienated human being and perishing existence of the eternal Son of the eternal Father means that the message of reconciliation, salvation and redemption does indeed have divine content and eternal validity.” (1)
It does. It’s not the addition of church, the adoption of a holy day or the performance of some charitable works that make us Godly. It Christ as us that makes us Godly.
Wholeness and holiness is far less what you do and entirely who you are. In a half gospel you can be a worker, in a ‘no gospel at all’ you can be slave. In a law perverted gospel you can be an irritation. With Christ as your life you can be a manifestation of Him.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 142). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.