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It’s not our task to be worthy of Christ. Christ makes us worthy of Christ by being our life. This is the vicarious humanity of Christ for all who believe in His name.


“The Gospel tells us to repent and believe, to take up the cross and follow Christ, or, as we say, to make our personal decision for Christ as our Lord and Saviour. That is something that each of us must do, for no other human being can substitute for us in that ultimate act of man in answer to God.” (1)


In our Christ-life we are not independent of Jesus. We are part of Him and He is part of us as He stated when he urged, ‘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.

We were made to live in God. Before the fall we did. We lived in the oneness of God. Since the resurrection we do better than before the fall. In Christ we are woven into God and God is woven into us. The continuation of God’s original vision to share the life of the trinity with sons – a life of love, joy and adventure in the manner of the trinitarian sharing is the inheritance that is ours. There is no law because in union with God there is no confected bifurcations of the knowledge of good and evil. Then law that Paul calls the law of the spirit of life is the manifestation of the trinity in us. That’s life to the full.


When we live from the incarnation instead of religion law and rules, Christ’s life becomes our life. Paul’s ‘Christ your life’ is comprehensive meaning that He is for you and as you.

“If we do not allow him [Christ] to substitute for us at that point, we make his atoning substitution for us something that is partial and not total, which would finally empty it of saving significance.” (2)


Christ’s salvation is for us in relation to Himself. Notions of Christian discipline like ‘Keeping close to Jesus’ make the efficacy and grace of Jesus into nothing because we have resorted to earning grace and being our own grace. It’s a form law, of which Paul declares, ‘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 NIV. This warning needs to be blunt because if Christ died for nothing we are not saved and we are not alive in His life but dead in our sins.


Many Christians today make much of ‘receiving Christ’ often seen as a life-project and a discipline in which one attempt to earn Christ by devotional disciplines and ‘keeping close to Jesus.’ Baxster Kruger gets it right when he states that it is not about receiving Christ – an Arminian pursuit. It’s about living from the fact that we have been received into Christ’s life. As ministers of the New Covenant we are ministers of life. As ministers of the law we are not.

(1) Thomas Torrance, The Mediation of Christ p.84.

(2) Ibid.