Life is God in us and us in God
We are legalists if we are attached to one law or all of them or if we are living from a Christian life style and regard this as our life. None of these need apply because our prize is to live out of Christ. We are to live out of persons and not out of the knowledge of good and evil generally or the law of Moses specifically. They are dead letters. So let’s be done with a life of ‘sin-consciousness’ and dive into the river of life consciousness that is life itself – a river of life that is Father, Son and Holy Spirit in person. Good theology observes, “Part of the issue is that, with legalism, we are talking about absolution from sins committed, and we only think that far. Whereas with Trinitarian theology, we are talking about a relationship, in which not just forgiveness of sins committed, but a restoration of relationship, a healing of ourselves, our minds, so that sinfulness itself is healed, not just a “on-paper forgiving…” (1)
You can mimic a kind of life - but not a convincing one in the externalities of the law.
Alive in relationship
In defining ourselves as belonging to body of Christ while living from the law we are quite a different person to one for whom Christ is life because he has married us to the trinity.
When Jesus is you, you are always a person.
Authentically rich relationships
As a young man I roomed with a person who claimed to have a romantic relationship with a girl from the other side of the campus. Yet he never spoke to her, sat with her, went out with her or had any interaction with her. Naturally he never married her because the relationship had no substance. This is like the ‘law defined person’ who asserts he is of the Body of Christ but has no union with God in terms of a life interwoven with the trinity. He spends his days working at being worthy of union or attempting to ‘keep close to Jesus.’
In any marriage there are degrees of intimacy or alienation. Some marriages are indeed one flesh and one spirit and others are just a word without substance. As such any claim to be of the Body of Christ must meet the same criteria. Either we and Father are one or we are not. Of course we all are 'one' by inheritance. But to be sons in spirit and in truth we must embrace what is ours.