BODY OF CHRIST OR BODY OF DEATH
- ‘Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: 'Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy’ Lev 19.2 NIV.
- The at-one-ment of God releases us from captivity to sin, death and judgment. We are declared holy by Christ’s death and made holy by His life incarnated in our being.
- BEING HOLY
- There is a ‘way’ of being holy as God is holy. But it’s not by the law, moral rectitude or missionary work. It’s by Christ for us and as us. Athanasius writes,
- THIS IS MY BODY
- The ‘body of Christ’ is Jesus’ body personally and those who participate in the oneness He has given them. The essence of our post cross life is Christ come in 0ur flesh. If we are astute and obedient we live an incarnated life. Never an incarnated law.
- “Thus, taking a body like our own, because all our bodies were liable to the corruption of death, He surrendered His body to death instead of all, and offered it to the Father.
- This He did out of sheer love for us, so that in His death all might die, and the law of death thereby be abolished because, having fulfilled in His body that for which it was appointed, it was thereafter voided of its power for men. This He did that He might turn again to incorruption men who had turned back to corruption, and make them alive through death by the appropriation of His body and by the grace of His resurrection.” (1)
- CHRIST OUR LIFE
- We have been legally acquitted from the wages of sin and death by His death on the cross and through His death become the owners of His life.
- But there is more to the atonement than this. As a state of being it is the at-one-ment, meaning Christ’s life as ours.
- The ‘appropriation of His body’ happens as we believe and live the reality of Christ our life. The Lord’s Table is the sign and the reminder of where our life comes from and what we are living, in everyday life.
- The Gospel of the Kingdom, which is the gospel of God, the apostles and the church fathers is the new creation alive in you and in the church.
- The Son of God incarnated as Jesus of Nazareth becomes complete in HIS incarnation the lives of the saints – who are saints not because of some worked up piety but because Jesus is them. Jesus is completed in the lives of His people. They are saints and they are holy because God has become them. They are holy because God is holy and woven into their lives.
- (1) Morrison, Stephen D.. T. F. Torrance in Plain English (Plain English Series Book 2) (p. 171). Beloved Publishing, LLC. Kindle Edition.