Christ Your life

TRUTH IS PERSON AND RELATIONSHIP

Truth is a person and also a relationship. We are real when we are in the truth of who we have been made to be. We are in the truth when we are in God.

We belong to the body of Christ when we are part of Christ. This is ‘What Athanasius called a ‘freedom of religious discourse’ [intercourse] on the basis of who God has made us to be in Himself and [attested to] in the Holy Scriptures. This occurs when we pass beyond what they literally say to the truth of who God is - which the scriptures convey - and seek to express that as accurately and precisely as we can.’ (1) It’s what Paul means when He talks about circumcision of the heart as opposed to a mere cut piece of flesh.

BELONGING

‘Belonging to God’ is a state of being not a bunch of words. This belonging was secured for all by the at-one-ment (the cross). It is the possession of all who have made Christ and His gospel their life and not adopted some gospel of their own. One gospel secures this p the gospel of Jesus and the apostles.

We cannot be one with God through the law because the law belongs to the knowledge of good and evil and the separation of Adam and also of Moses. As noted above our union with God is ours by ‘being’ not by the letter or by grabbing at a scripture that cites ‘the one loaf. Particularly is this so when we have baked our own loaf – a loaf that denies that Christ has come in our flesh because we have made Him come in the law. Note well that..

‘All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father; and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

“Careful examination discloses that the mutual relation of knowing between the Father and the Son .. involves a mutual
relation of being between them as well, and not only between the eternal Son and the Father but between the incarnate Son and the Father. This implies that we are given access to the closed circle of divine knowing between the Father and the Son only through cognitive union with Christ - that is only through an interrelation of knowing and being between us and the incarnate Son. Although in our case this union is one of participation through grace and not one of nature.” (2)

By grace we are one with God through faith. By grace we know Father and Holy Spirit in the ‘knowing’ of Jesus and by no other way.

Actual and cognitive union is ours in the new covenant state of being and mindset. This is that we and our Father are one. This union does not exist in the separationism of the law or anything that is not Christ. What does this mean? It means that if we insist that we belong to the Body of Christ in our own gospel - we are making it up. It means that if Christ is our life as a result of our belief in the new covenant we and our Father are one. As the fall and redemption illustrate only too well, we become what we believe.


  1. (1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Trinitarian Faith: The Evangelical Theology of the Ancient Catholic Church (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 57). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.
(2) Torrance, Thomas F.. Ibid (pp. 58-59). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.