The body of death of which Paul speaks is specifically the law of Moses and the old covenant. This means that generically it is the regime into which Adam was seduced known as ‘the knowledge of good and evil.’ In their unfallen state Adam and Eve had a relationship with God that was similar to the trinity’s relationship with each other.
In this state of being, life, love, truth and right-doing were a function of their relationship with God. Life is relationship – and relationship of the kind the trinity have is love.
In the separation that followed seduction by the Enemy humans became separated from their Life Source and thrown back on themselves as regards the construction of right and wrong. The Jews were given an outline of right-living in the Ten commandments and with it, a shadow of life’s completion in the temple services and its furnishings. But the temple spoke more of separation than it did of union with God. Union would come later in the person of Jesus Christ.
In Christ the entirely of humanity is one with God.
Jesus ministry and death forgave our sin, undid our antipathy to God and made us one with God in spirit and in truth. The atonement is more than forgiveness for sin. It is AT-ONE-MENT, meaning the undoing of Adam and the fall and the beginning of the rise of human beings in their union with God and the spirit of sonship.
Sonship is more than being a brother of Jesus and a son of our Father. It is our companionship in the Family that is the trinity. But it is also more than companionship. It is the interwoveness of God’s being with ours.
We are not only seated in Christ in heaven. Christ is seated in those who believe on earth. The big deal of the new testament age – the result of the cross - is the incarnation. This is the indwelling of the Believer by the three - personed God. In Jesus dwelt the fullness of the Godhead bodily. If Christ is your life this is so with you. I emphasis Christ our life because Jesus announced, Paul declared and explained it and John painted picture of it in words.
Incarnation is not achieved by merit. It simply is. It is so if you believe it. We can appropriate it by saying ‘yes’ to God’s ‘yes.’ But we need to off-load half gospels and non-gospels to REALIZE the reality in which we live. Our realising takes us well beyond a stilted life of legalism or the half-life of a belief system.
Truth is not an abstraction. Firstly truth is the person of Christ and secondly truth is the expression of Jesus as you. ‘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 both the fullness of our life, the undoing of Adam and Moses. It is the new and living way that is the new creation of ourselves, of society and the earth.
Many Christians know that they need not keep the law of Moses. But they do not know why. Christians who have absorbed a Christianised version of the knowledge of good and evil live in a moderated version of the law – either in Christian moralism or in the Bible expanded to be what the Ten precepts once were.
Believers are right in seeking to live beyond degraded living. But wrong in the method. Jesus is not here to instigate either the law or the teachings of the Bible in Christians. He is here to be our life.
It is CHRIST’S LIFE AS OURS that joins us to God; that imbues us with the trinity; that undoes the law of sin and death and marinates us in the companionship of God. When Paul talks of ‘Christ our life’ he does not mean ‘Hey guys. Get busy with your Christian life!’ He means receive what is yours: Christ as you. Acknowledge and believe that you have been received into His life and the life of the trinity.
You belong and are in fellowship with the trinity. The trinity is in fellowship with you and Living in you. This is the guarantee of your sonship and the source of your advance into the likeness of Jesus. Christ your life means Christ your life.
By living in Christ you are the expression of Christ and are increasingly so. Going from glory to glory means learning to live in the fullness of His incarnation in us – not in accumulating esteemed moralities. Yet with Jesus as your life you will be a son in spirit and in truth. With any part of you in the body of death – even a finger – you will continue as a dead person walking.