SPIRITED, ALIVE AND REAL
‘Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit’ Romans 8.1 NIV.
The life of God is spirited and alive with real, infinite life. The life of God is never a ‘sanctified’ form of inhibition.
FACETS OF THE DIAMOND
What is the life of God? The life of God is companionship with God, the wellness and well-being of God and the presence of God in us. The life of God is also the joy of life and the frequent ecstasy of being oneself along with the enjoyment of the company of others. The love of life is of God whether he or she who exults in life knows God or not. Religion is not life. Religion is a human attempt to undo separation. Religion as an entity has done much to turn people away from life because it is too often a disguised form of death. The life and order of God is always found in relationship with God. We relate to Father through His Son and Holy Spirit.
‘And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth’ Eph 1.10 NLT
The life of God is also the sense of oneness with the creation. The life of God is more than the opposite of pain and death. God and the expression of His life is Jesus Christ who endured death, yet is the manifestation of unlimited life in the sense of ‘life to the full’.
David of old testament times was a great exponent of the joy of living with God. David exulted in God and His creation and lived in and with Him as a prophetic omen of the union with God that would come to all in the person of Jesus Christ. The amazing thing is that everyone today can have a greater degree of fellowship with God, of more intensity and interwoveness than David or any old testament great person enjoyed. This is because of the incarnation and with it the ministry of Holy Spirit out of this union with God.
Christian Kettler informs us that..
“The atonement is not simply one moment of time on the cross, but the “development” of the incarnation, of the heart of the Father revealed in the Son, who has partaken of human flesh. Therefore, atonement is essentially the ontological * communication of the life of God, a life that gives itself in suffering love, even to the pain of death on a cross. The heart of the Father has healing and atoning effects when it lives in the life of the Son. As McLeod Campbell puts it so well, the atonement is the “development” of the incarnation in an “indissoluble way,” as a “natural, not arbitrary relationship” between the Father and the Son. What we have revealed here is nothing less than the stupendous fact that, in the incarnation of the Son, humanity participates in “the history of the inner life of His Godhead” (Barth). God communicates his own life in order to heal broken humanity.” (1)
Adam is undone and you are established in the resurrected person of Jesus Christ. Should the law be our life it is probable that we will exhibit the life of God as some kind of a disease rather than what it is – life without limit. The advantage of a pure relationship with Jesus is that you have undiluted access to life in its purest essence. Not only that. You see God as God is, know yourself and are delivered from the knowledge of good and evil that afflicts the children of the law. With Christ as our life we see God as God is, see and know ourselves and penetrate the appearances and illusions of the world. As Paul said about the Living Word manifesting in the sons of God:
‘For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart’ Heb 4.12 NIV.
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 (pp. 8-9). Pickwick Publications, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers. Kindle Edition.
* Ontological – actualised being in real time that has real substance and agency.