We can only be truly human as individuals and in community when Jesus is our life. His life is not only the fullness of Himself in us but His life is His belongingness and relationship as ours in the Family of the trinity. J Baxter Kruger highlights the importance of both our uniqueness and interwoveness with God with his exposition of the scripture, ‘On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you’ John 14.20. This is godliness and human sonship in its completeness. ROPE OF SAND As immature Believers we may convince ourselves that we are Godly because we do the ‘five’ notional key behaviours esteemed by our church. (Some only have one observance that they think earns them ‘cover.’) But doing five good things or fifty five does not make us Godly. We are Godly when we agree that God’s nature is interwoven with ours in Jesus. It would be fair to say that most Christians would not recognise this as the core of our life in God, since so many live from a Christianised version of the knowledge of good and evil if not straight legalism. Indeed most have been so indoctrinated into the belief that godliness is doing and not doing that they fear that this good news is not what it seems. But rather an infernal scheme to bring carnality in by the back door. OUR GLORY Many Believers do not know that there is a new covenant, let alone an incarnation. Yet in the scheme of things set up by God for our glory, ‘God becomes us’ through the incarnation. None need fear that Christ our life can be anything other than what it is: ‘His life in us. Christ’s life as our life.’ This was Paul’s meaning when he wrote, ‘I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me’ and more forcefully, ‘I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing! Gal 2.21. Righteousness cannot be gained through the law because life cannot be gained through the law. Life comes to us because we and God are interwoven in our being. This is the spirit of sonship. J Baxter Kruger writes, “Through the work of Jesus, we have been adopted into the Trinitarian life. The concept of perichoresis helps us understand what our adoption means for us. We could define perichoresis as “mutual indwelling without loss of personal identity.” In other words, we exist in union with the Triune God, but we do not lose our distinct personhood in the process. We matter. We are real to the Triune God.” And being real in God we are real to ourselves and to each other – multiplying real life. FOUNDATION This is the foundation of the new testament age and the engine of the new creation – the transformative power of God in us and the resurrection of Jesus multiplied in individuals, communities and nations. Taking our lead from the members of the trinity, human beings are not a static entity, never objects or mere functions of the law or laws. We live in a state of becoming defined by our uniqueness, by our belongingness in God and by the community of each other in the same manner that the trinity are known as they are by their relationship to each other and their distinctness as persons. COMMUNITY Just as God is community so are we in our being of body, soul and spirit. This spirit and life that is expressed in the diversity of marriage and family is sourced in the personal/communal nature of the trinity that is the life-hub of the universe. This is why to be alive we must seek God in the personal and never in abstractions, observances and precepts that are impotent and without life. Life is in the Son and when the Son is in you have His life and the life of heaven. Richard Rohr writes in similar vein to Baxter Kruger. “Divine Personhood and human personhood are reciprocal, mutually-mirroring concepts. God’s nature as relationship creates ours, and ours is constituted by this same bond, which is infinite openness and capacity to love.” (1) We become alive, loving and lovable people because God is in us infusing us with Himself. God is love.
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Divine Dance: The Trinity and your transformation (Kindle Locations 1305-1307). SPCK. Kindle Edition.