YOUR ONENESS WITH GOD'S ONENESS IS THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE
A. W. Toser wrote, “One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organization do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always.” The life Tozer refers to is the life of Jesus expressed as the community. This life is received incarnationally through the reality of ‘Christ come in our flesh’ which means that we are the expression of Christ when alive in His Spirit.
THE BODY BEGINS
The reality of the Body of Christ as the community of the saints arose after the cross and after the Pentecost. This is because there was no incarnation of God in people before the cross even if there were anointings.
Life in the Spirit does not occur before the cross even though people could be equipped by the Spirit.
POST CROSS INCARNATION
The Body of Christ becomes a reality because the person of Jesus is incarnated in our being so that we all become the manifestation of Jesus. But there’s more. We are the Body of Christ because in Christ we have been woven into God. We are one substance with Christ and as a result one substance with God.
CLOUDS WITHOUT RAIN
The extent to which His fullness appears as us depends on the degree to which we are living from Jesus’ gospel and not some gospel of our own. Jesus was quite direct in stating that people could look like the one loaf but be formed from different flour. He called these look-a-likes tares.
It is probable that we belong to the body even if we are tares. This is because all are graced with salvation even if this salvation is not possessed, is possessed in ignorance and mixture and is so distorted that it comes under the heading of ‘another gospel.’ A gospel that is so toxic that it curses those who live by it. Our ‘fullness’ must be embraced for it to be ours. Otherwise there would be no point in being ministers of the new covenant.
We have a part in receiving the life of God. Firstly to ascertain that it His life that we have joined and not some concoction that produces carnal and diseased christianity.
Secondly we need to ascertain with diligence that we have embraced the fullness of the gospel and not bits of it.
And thirdly that it is Christ’s gospel of the Kingdom and not some version of it that is actually a perpetuation of the fall.
SLICE OF A MOULDY LOAF
There is no efficacy in being part of the one loaf when we are that part that is diseased and crippled because it is ‘no gospel at all.’ The carnal Christian is not a wicked person. Just someone who lives from her own gospel instead of the gospel of Jesus and Paul.
Here's a quote about Thomas Torrance’s theology of The Body that carries considerable weight. He is saying that our belonging to the Body of Christ is a matter of ‘being’ rather than a mere assertion or the citing of a proof text. ‘Ontology’ is about ‘being.’ It’s about being human, being sons because we are in God and being part of God because we are part of Christ.
Jesus spoke to this state of being one with God when He urged, ‘You will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20 NIV. Realising is crucial. It’s the difference between having an inheritance and owning it.
Unfortunately many Believers have not realised this treasure. They live in an attachment to the letter and have a very superficial union with Jesus or no union at all. It’s not because this union is not theirs. It’s because they don’t believe it.
IT’S AN INCARNATIONAL ANALOGY
“ T. F. Torrance, in the midst of early modern ecumenical dialogue, presented an ecclesial ontology robustly informed and determined by Christological categories. This is nowhere more evident than in his interpretation of the biblical image of the church as the “body of Christ.” In contrast to mystical interpretations of the image, Torrance argues that the “body of Christ” should be understood as an incarnational analogy.
Christ’s humanity, resurrected and ascended, is the “essence” of the church. The church becomes what it already is in Christ by conforming to the newness of his humanity. In this way, Torrance constructs a powerful Protestant and ecumenical account of the church’s being-in-becoming.”
IT’S A STATE OF BEING
Scholarly as the above may be it is not mumbo-jumbo. It means that that we are of the Body of Christ never by law, by assertion or definition because it is nothing of the letter. We are one with Christ because He has drawn us into His life and the life of the trinity. OUR BEING IS WOVEN INTO GOD. This is always our possession notionally. We own it in spirit and in truth when we believe it.