Jesus the Light of the world and the Light of You
Jesus never deified the scriptures. Much to the annoyance of the scribes He declared that the scriptures led to Him. Unless we are immersed in THE BEING OF JESUS, as is our privilege, the scriptures are a dead letter. The scriptures are never alive unless they are subordinate to and filled with the Living Word. If we are creatures of the letter we will not be alive either, since all forms of the letter kill the life of God that could have been expressed as us. The life of God is expressed in its ultimate form as the life of Jesus Christ. When this life is you, you are a son of God in spirit and in truth. If a creature of the law you are a shadow of yourself.
Your Real Self emerges in encounter with Jesus.
Since Jesus is the living word the basic text of the new testament age is Jesus Christ Himself. Thus, when Christ is our life, we are as Paul said ‘a letter.’ In other words a living expression of Jesus. Since Christ is your life you are part of the multiple expression of Jesus as the church. Sons and daughters emerge out of their baptism into Christ. You are not baptised into an ideology or into Christianity. You are baptised into Christ and as a result you are born into the community of the sons and daughters of God.
Sonship is a state of being - A born again state of non-Adamic living in which Christ is your life.
You when the law is your life.
A partial life in the letter and the law.
You with Christ as your life.
Beauty, grace and joy and the ability to love self and others are the effect of Christ as you.
The law is a culture-de-sac that leads away from life
We have no more chance of being reborn as sons and daughters through the efforts of the law than your clothes can become a new you as a result of a cycle in the washing machine. The life we get in Christ is much more that a life contrasted with the negativity of sins and sinning. It is life as a self-perpetuating being in yourself – the infinite life of God manifesting as you. His life expressed as you because you are part of God and God is part of you. The big deal in the post cross age is the incarnation. Jesus lives for you and expresses Himself as you.
On the topic of the vicarious humanity of Christ, Christian Kettler writes, ‘The obedience of Christ is not limited to the first century. His obedient, priestly life continues today, and neglecting that can lead to a mishandling often of the text of the New Testament, Torrance contends. In fact “the basic text” of revelation is not the New Testament but “the obedient humanity of Jesus Christ.” Apostolic tradition functions rightly when it recognizes the continuous life of Jesus Christ, his living priesthood, and the New Testament text as an indispensable yet relative “glass” or “window” into the living humanity of Christ.’ (1)
The continous life of Jesus Christ is Christ living in you
Christ has come in into your reality, into your flesh and the life enjoyed by the trinity - the Holy Family becomes your life. In Having a Jesus life you have the Jesus lens.