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MORE THAN A SLOGAN Christ Our Life

Christ our life is more than a slogan. His life delivers us from mere existence to life to the full. Life by its nature is unlimited, infinite, ever fresh and self-renewing. When Jesus came among us He spoke of delivering a prize – life to the full. This prize is togetherness with God and the spirit and life of God as our life.

Life is a Person!

Being together.

Old School

As believers or ministers of the gospel we can observe elements of success in other areas of the Body of Christ. We can copy them, make them our own and share in the degree of fruitfulness that is liberated by that strategy. But we can do this from with an old covenant perspective and from inside the walls that Adam erected between God and ourselves - which is to say we are operating within the separationism of Adam and Moses and neglecting the union with God that is ours in Christ. ** This is no mere abstract union. It is the fellowship that Jesus has with Father and Holy Spirit. Jesus has drawn us into this ongoing part that is their passion for life and its multiplication among their daughters and sons. Togetherness and life without limit is it!

Godliness is the joy of love and togetherness.

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.

With Christ as our life you get to be you and we get to be us.

Union with God is union in spirit and in truth.

** Enterprising pastors can utilise modern approaches yet indicate that they are living from old covenant cages by urging believers to give up and resist sin with an application of the Parable of the Sower. But this is not the intent of this parable at all. It’s about people who cling to the rocks and stones of the law and old covenant while neglecting the deep soil in which we have been rooted in God. Anything law derived is a phantasm. Christ our life is the real us in spirit and in truth.

(1) Anderson, Ray; Colyer, Elmer; Dawson, Gerrit; Deddo, Gary; Kettler, Christian; Kruger, Baxter; McKenna, John; McSwain, Jeff; Newell, Roger; Young, Paul. Trinitarian Conversations, Volume 1: Interviews With Ten Theologians (You're Included) (p. 15). Grace Communion International. Kindle Edition.

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