We are speaking of Christ’s life as incarnation and our fellowship with God as their indwelling of us. All of this has been initiated by Christ whose life is ours and whose fellowship with Father and Holy Spirit are ours. Jesus is our judge saviour and grace. His life in us reveals our potential in Him. There is no condemnation here. Just a revelation of who He is and who we really are in Him. He has saved us from our sins and from the separation to which we are inclined. In Him we belong. Always. He is our grace in person because we are graced with His forgiveness and graced with His life and the presence of Father and Holy Spirit. There is huge generosity in Jesus. Quite the opposite of mean versions of the gospel that would seek to impose themselves on Believers.
Jesus our tutor and our life.
Jesus gently exposes our lack of likeness to Himself and provides Himself as the solution to our deficit. There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus. Just grace and life.
CHRIST OUR LIFE
On this theme Christian Kettler and others write, ‘Christian views of atonement readily speak of the vicarious death of Christ, and rightly so. In recent years, however, Thomas F. Torrance, James B. Torrance, and others have spoken of the importance of not just limiting the vicarious work of Christ to his death.
No, from baptism to resurrection Christ lived a life FOR US IN THE ENTIRETY OF OUR HUMANITY. His vicarious work is a vicarious humanity lived for us and in our place, judging our attempts at religiosity and embracing us with a breadth and depth of love at the ontological level [in our deepest being]. In this case, there is no “God of the gaps,” but a God in the depths of our humanity, judging and affirming.’ (1)
HE LIVES FOR YOU AND IN YOUR PLACE
(1) Kettler, Christian D The Breadth and Depth of the Atonement: The Vicarious Humanity of Christ in the Church, the World, and the Self: Essays, 1990–2015 (p. 86). Pickwick Publications, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Kindle Edition.