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Christ

Chris­t­ian spir­i­tu­al­i­ty is cen­tered in Christ. Jesus Christ is the divine Son of God who was born as a man of the Vir­gin Mary in order to give man eter­nal life in com­mu­nion with God His Father.

In Jesus Christ “the whole ful­ness of deity dwells bod­i­ly” (Col 2:9). In Him is the “ful­ness” of “grace and truth” (Jn 1:16–17) and “all the ful­ness of God” (Col 1:19). When one sees and knows Jesus, one sees and knows God the Father (Jn 8:19, 14:7–9). When one is in com­mu­nion with Jesus, one is in abid­ing union with God (cf. Jn 17, Eph 2, Rom 8, 1 Jn 1).

The goal of human life is to be con­tin­u­al­ly “in Christ.” When one is “in Christ,” accord­ing to St John, one does God’s will and can­not sin.

You know that He (Jesus) appeared to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin. No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has either seen Him or knows Him. …he who does right is right­eous, as He is right­eous. …No one born of God com­mits sin; for God’s nature abides in him, and he can­not sin because he is born of God. By this it may be seen who are the chil­dren of God, and who are the chil­dren of the dev­il; who­ev­er does not do right is not of God, nor he who does not love his broth­er (1 Jn 3:4–10).

Jesus Christ is “the Way, the Truth and the Life” (Jn 14:6). He speaks the words of God. He does the work of God. The per­son who obeys Christ and fol­lows His way and does what He does, loves God and accom­plish­es His will. To do this is the essence of spir­i­tu­al life. Jesus has come that we may be like Him and do in our own lives, by His grace, what He Him­self has done.

Tru­ly, tru­ly I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father (Jn 14:12)