Can theology have value for our lives, or are we living in a post-theology Church? For many, myself included the question seems self-defeating, and Tod Bolsinger does a wonderful job of demonstrating just how vital theology is to the life of the Church. 

“Union with Christ is both the foundation of ‘conformity with Christ’ and , in a progressive way, the means to ‘conformity with Christ’ as that union deepens.” (pg. 54) The myserty of being united with Christ, being the parts of his body, his bride, stands at the heart of real spirituality. Without our union to Christ all our works, all our efforts are just exaltations of our name, our glory. AND the same applies to our daily living after we’ve been justified, without turning again to the knowledge of that union and the power it provides, all our works and efforts lose their saving context and become Christian versions of morality, they fall on a horizontal plane with no vertical intrigue. Union with Christ reminds us that indeed there is a deep individualist strain to the message of the New Testament, but the individual is not you or I but rather Christ, Christ crucified and resurrected.

Lest we think that Christian spirituality and the transformation of our community only comes through union, Bolsinger is quick to remind his readers that if we are united to and with Christ his is united to and with the Spirit and the Father and our total transformation requires an irreducible relational dynamic. “Christian transformation comes through the pattern, the personal relationship, and the power of God to the believer found in Jesus Christ through the Spirit experienced within the community.” (pg. 57). Its the Trinity that models for us true community, authentic relationships. I think that’s why discipline and accountability are so vital for a healthy demonstration of koinonia. Without our union with Christ there is no spirituality for us because our spirits lay dead in sins, without the Trinity there is no model for us to have communion with one another and we are abondoned without hope of authentic relationships in this world. These theological truths are not merely propositions that can be tinkered with and there be no consequence to the life of the Church, to the mission of the Church. Nor is it enough to just ‘believe’ them, we need to live from them and in relation to them.

What other theological truths do you think are vital to a Living Body Of Christ today?