One Person

The following was written by my dear sister, Emily.

A few evenings ago, my 26-year old son who has struggled in “coming to grips” with faith came into where I was sitting and said, “I think I am really understanding now, Mom, there is really only one person, God.” Well, my heart lept within because I knew he was on to discovering the outcome of our faith which is the promised seed – Christ – growing up in us. He had received he revelation of not I, but Christ, and Christ in me, the hope of glory. It is no longer I (independent self) that lives, but Christ lives in me as me – so yet I live (in Him) the one person – as son of God. This is, was, will be such an astounding revelation as Christ continues to come and ultimately will come to be glorified in all.

In Galatians, Paul identifies exactly who this one person is and who we are in Him through God’s promise to Abraham, given in Genesis 12:7: “Unto thy seed will I give this land,”. This is the Lord promises Abraham which was typified through Isaac – he promised seed/son. In Genesis 13:16, God expands this promise/revelation o Abraham when He says that Abraham’s seed will be such a multitude as if we could count the dust of the earth, and in 22:17,18, God promises Abraham’s seed will be as the stars in the sky in number, and in Abraham’s seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed. Paul brings out in Galatians chapter 3 that the “seed” God is talking about with Abraham is not plural, as in seeds, but singular in meaning.

Gal 3:16  Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

Abraham’s promised “seed” is Christ, THE CHRIST, in whom all the nations of the earth are blessed — but — it – the one seed- becomes plural in the sense that the one seed is as the dust of the ground and the stars in the sky in number, because that one “seed,” which is Christ in us, is the same seed in each of us, the same Christ, and therefore the same PERSON, who blesses all the nations of the earth, in each and every one of us, and AS each and every one of us – just as He – the one seed is the voice of many waters.  Because we are Abraham’s SEED, we are also of the seed of Christ. Father has only ONE seed, Christ, and that seed, the most powerful seed in the universe, produces Christ. When you plant tomato seeds, you get tomatoes, etc…. as God established in the beginning that each seed shall produce AFTER ITS OWN KIND, thus, when the Christ seed is planted, it is CHRIST WHO GROWS UP,  in us, as us – the Word alive in us.

Christ is bringing all back into Himself, the all, the one person who fills all and is in all.

Paul reinforces this same concept when he says that he labors and travails until Christ is formed in us. Christ — in our form (Gal 4:19). This is also our travail for those who yet without faith, hope and love.

This is the astounding, glorious, awesome work of Christ in the earth until we see no more a division but ONE PERSON – all in Christ – and is the basis of Jesus’ statement. “My meat is to do the will of the Father and finish His works.”

Rev 5:11  And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
Rev 5:12  Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
Rev 5:13  And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
Rev 5:14  And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

 

4 thoughts on “One Person

  1. So as Christ grows in us, the temple (our body) becomes less of us and more of Him. We are made to host the Presence of God. I have been reading about Uzziah And carrying the Ark of the Covenant. After he died, David feared God and sought His will. God didn’t want David to build a Temple made by hands, His plan was for us to be the temple to host His Presence. This may be elementary for you but could you explain what makes God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and The Holy Spirit different. I know the Three are one yet They are three. I guess what distinguishes one from the other. I guess I am trying to figure out who the Holy Spirit is in me. I pray in the Spirit, I praise in the Spirit, sing in the Spirit. Talk to the Holy Spirit. Yet I don’t feel l like I really understand Him. When David striped his royal robes and praised God freely with complete humility God seemed to respond more. Could it be I maybe try to hard to please God and end up pushing Him away. I am in a slump and I don’t know what God wants me to do. Ifeel like I am losing ground instead of advancing.

  2. Bonita, every step we take in God is a faith endeavor. It is true that as Christ is formed in us there is less of us but more of Him. But here’s the thing. It is not based on how we feel at any given moment. There are times we sense deeply His presence in us. There are other times when it seems like God is a million miles away. The establishment of His nature in us is a work of grace in our lives and is never based on us “working for it.” Those times that God seems so far away are an illusion. He resides within our spirits and is always “there.” It is a walk by faith. It is only as we learn to stand on His word to our hearts that His nature is established in us. This is the process of separating soul and spirit (Heb. 4:12).

    What has God made real to you? What does He have to say about His relationship with you? What does the Word itself have to say about how He relates to you? It is the Holy Spirit within you that makes all these things alive. As they come alive, we learn to stand on that revelation until it’s indelibly a part of us. You must understand the old, Adamic nature does not just disappear because you received Christ or were baptized in the Holy Spirit. We must learn to walk in the Spirit and continually “reckon dead” the Adamic nature. How do we do this? By standing on His word regardless of how we may feel. Our faith will carry us through to the reality of His presence in us. It is always a faith endeavor. Until we learn to walk by faith, rejecting the feelings that may say we are losing ground or failing God, we remain as spiritual children. Leaning to stand on His word, believing in our relationship with God regardless of feelings, is the road to maturity.

    As far as “what you are to do,” just love Him and worship. It doesn’t matter how you feel. Set your heart to be a believer. Set your heart to be a worshiper regardless of what your feelings would tell you. This pleases God. His presence will be manifested in your life more than you have known as you do these things.

    Psalm 22
    1 ¶ For the choir director; upon Aijeleth Hashshahar. A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning.
    2 O my God, I cry by day, but You do not answer; And by night, but I have no rest.
    3 Yet You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
    4 In You our fathers trusted; They trusted and You delivered them.
    5 To You they cried out and were delivered; In You they trusted and were not disappointed.

    Can you relate to verses one and two? We all can, and these words were even uttered by Jesus on the cross. But verse three is the one we want to hold dear to our hearts. God is enthroned on the praises of Israel. As we learn to be worshippers God is enthroned in our lives. This comes at our initiative. We don’t have to wait to feel a certain way to worship and praise Him. God delights in our faith to praise Him when the dark clouds surround us. Be faithful to worship and praise Him. He will meet your heart again and again through it. This is how we all grow spiritually in Him. Be determined to be a believer, Bonita. This will lift you up and enable you to bypass all the strivings and struggles of the Adamic soul life that come up. Our faith always brings us into a present “right now” manifestation of the Lord. Don’t struggle with yourself. Just bypass yourself and relate to God on the basis of His word in your life. It’s always about Him, never about ourselves. This is the whole revelation of grace. As you apply these truths they will work for you. We could actually say God only responds to Himself! By that I mean He responds to our faith in Christ’s provision in us. The Holy Spirit makes alive Christ’s provision in us, and as we embrace it, God responds. He is responding to Himself! He never responds to the religious Adamic nature’s attempts to serve Him. He ignores the religious side of our natures but DOES respond to the new nature’s cries for more of Him.

    As far as the so-called Trinity is concerned, it is all about how God manifests Himself to us. There is only one God. I will post a message on this rather than try to explain it all here in the comments section. The message is Our Oneness with God.

  3. Thank you very much. And I’m looking forward to the message Our Oneness with God, as with all the messages you post. God Bless you.

  4. This is such a blessing and just what I needed to hear tonight. Bless you, Bonita, for sharing your struggle/questions, and you, Dad, for your response. Sometimes it’s hard to put it out there that we don’t “get” something but you never know who’s right there with you.

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