Our Oneness With God

The Trinity, as in all things pertaining to God, must be viewed from the perspective of God inter-relating with His people, not as a doctrine or an intellectual exercise. Doctrines originate with man, but the realities of all spiritual truths are realized in our interaction with God Himself.

Mat. 28:
18  And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
19  “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
20  teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Jesus said to make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit; this is what constitutes the Trinity in the eyes of the religious world.

 So little of the reality of God is experienced by His people. It’s human nature to perpetually create doctrines and build monuments to Him without ever having experienced the realities behind them. How is the threefold manifestation of God played out in our lives as we endeavor to walk with Him? God always reveals Himself to us on the level we can receive Him. As we change and grow spiritually, the Lords’ manifestation to us changes also.

Deut. 6:4:
“Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!

Mark 12:
28 ¶  One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, “What commandment is the foremost of all?”
29  Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD;
30  AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’

There is only one God. But as we shall see, He manifests Himself in our lives as we have the capability to receive Him.

1st Cor. 12:
1 ¶  Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware.
2  You know that when you were pagans, you were led astray to the mute idols, however you were led.
3  Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is accursed”; and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
4  Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5  And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord.
6  There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons.

Notice carefully verses 4-6. There are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit, varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. Here we have what the religious world calls the Trinity; the Holy Spirit, the Lord Jesus Christ, and God the Father. But see how each manifestation of God in these verses is associated with a particular level of our spiritual growth. It’s the activity of the Holy Spirit in our lives that manifests the nine gifts mentioned in verses 8-10. This is the first step leading to maturity in a believer. We begin to experience the supernatural as God reveals Himself through these nine gifts. These gifts, it’s important to note, are not for us individually, per se, but to benefit others growing up in Christ. Thus, we understand all spiritual growth is measured by the laying down of the self life to serve others. The more the work of the cross has its way in our lives the greater God’s manifestation in us and through us will be.

Secondly, there are varieties of ministries, but the same Lord. This second manifestation of God in us takes everything to the next level. The gifts of the Holy Spirit manifested in our lives must give way to a consistent ministry. All ministry is to be the result of Jesus Christ becoming Lord over us. All true ministry is Jesus Christ accomplishing the will of the Father through us. Functioning as a ministry is a result of many dealings of the Lord in our lives. The key to all ministry is the Lordship of Jesus Christ made real and practical in our lives.

Third, we have the function of the Father working all things after the council of His will.

Eph.1:
3 ¶  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
4  just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love
5  He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will,
6  to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.
7  In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace
8  which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight
9  He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him
10  with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him
11  also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will,
12  to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory.

Verse one begins these passages saying, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” It’s the Father interacting through the Son that reveals to us all His plans and purposes. Verses 9-11 tell us the Father works all things after he counsel of His will through the Son, and by extension, many sons, as verse five indicates: “He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will…” The mystery of the Godhead is continually manifested through many sons in the Son. Everything God reveals about Himself is to be experienced in His sons. Theoretical knowledge and concepts without the experience belongs to the religious, fallen nature of man. In Acts 17 we read:

18  And also some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers were conversing with him. Some were saying, “What would this idle babbler wish to say?” Others, “He seems to be a proclaimer of strange deities,”—because he was preaching Jesus and the resurrection.
19  And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, “May we know what this new teaching is which you are proclaiming?
20  “For you are bringing some strange things to our ears; so we want to know what these things mean.”
21  (Now all the Athenians and the strangers visiting there used to spend their time in nothing other than telling or hearing something new.)
22 ¶  So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects.

Verse 21 says the Athenians and the strangers visiting there used to spend their time in nothing other than telling or hearing something new. This is exactly the nature of religion: Telling and hearing without ever experiencing. Paul confirms this in verse 22: “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects.”

God is continually working out the revelation of Himself in His sons. It’s a mystical truth, a mystery, how we begin as individuals but wind up intertwined in the Oneness of the Godhead. The true oneness of the body of Christ is built on this foundation. Individually we enter into the oneness of God, and thus we are all one together, partaking of the same essence of God. Many, many churches and movements attempt to bring themselves into some kind of oneness. But the true oneness of the Kingdom is not manifested on the soul realm thus it cannot be taught or disciplined into someone’s life. Oneness with one another is the result of penetrating into the oneness of God.

Oneness is what the so-called Trinity is all about. It’s the standard or goal for all God’s people. It’s attainable. What exists between Father, Son and Holy Spirit is what we have been called to enter into as well. Our identification and penetration into the Son, and His life penetrating into us, brings us into fellowship with the perfect oneness of the Godhead. We have only to study how the Oneness of the Godhead operates to understand the purpose of God for His people. Listen to what Jesus prayed in John 17:

18  “As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.
19  “For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.
20 ¶  “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word;
21  that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.
22  “The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;
23  I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.

Oneness is the goal! Not just oneness with one another, but oneness with the Godhead itself. Jesus Christ opened the door for us to be participators in Him with all the fullness of God.

Eph.3:
14 ¶  For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,
15  from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name,
16  that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,
17  so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
18  may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
19  and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

It’s our revelation of Jesus Christ, which is an ever expanding revelation, that enables us to be filled up with all the fullness of God. It was stated in the previous paragraph that we only have to understand the oneness of the Godhead to understand the Father’s purpose for us. What did Jesus have to say about His relationship with the Father?

John 10:
27  “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;
28  and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.
29  “My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.
30  “I and the Father are one.”

John 14:
8  Philip *said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.”
9  Jesus *said to him, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?
10  “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.
11  “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves.
12 ¶  “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.
13  “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14  “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.
15 ¶  “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.
16  “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;
17  that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.
18 ¶  “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
19  “After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also.
20  “In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.

These verses are deeply mystical and reveal to us the mystery of the Godhead. Phillip asks Jesus to show them the Father. Jesus tells Phillip that if they have seen Him, they have seen the Father. Jesus then tells Phillip how that could be so: “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works.” Heb. 1:3 states, “And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”  The Father was in Christ, performing His will. Jesus said that He did nothing of His own initiative, but He only spoke and did what He saw the Father doing. Verse 12 is one that is quoted quite a bit in certain Christian circles. “Greater works will we do than even Christ did.” But it’s not about any works that we will do as individuals, it’s about entering into the oneness of the Godhead, and then becoming channels ourselves of the Father’s will. Jesus said greater works we would do than He did because He was going to the Father. What does that mean? Jesus just said He and the Father were one. He said it was the Father abiding in Him that was doing the works. Now He says He’s going to the Father. Jesus Himself was to ascend into a higher manifestation in God. He was going to the Father. In other words, it was a matter of function. This takes us back to the passages in 1st Cor. 12. Varieties of ministries, varieties of effects. After His ascension, Jesus was not going to be to the disciples what He was during His earthly ministry. He was to become the Head of a many-membered body bringing many other sons to glory (Heb. 2:10). Jesus’ function and ministry was to change. How is this change in function and ministry incorporated into the lives of those whom He brings to sonship? We have the answer in verses 16-20. “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.” The Holy Spirit becomes the agency by which we also are brought to the Father. In John 16 we read:

13  “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.
14  “He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.
15  “All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.

The Holy Spirit, abiding in us, leads us into all the truth. Notice the oneness again of the Godhead. The Holy Spirit will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak. Jesus said the same thing about Himself; one God manifesting Himself in such a way as to incorporate us into His life. Jesus said in verse 15, “All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.” We are to be sharers in the Godhead.

In verse 18 Jesus said, “I will not leave you as orphans. I will come to you.” How would He come to them? Through the agency of the Holy Spirit. Christ would be universalized through the Holy Spirit into the hearts of all His sons. Let’s read verses 19-20 again:

19  “After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also.
20  “In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.

The world would no longer see Jesus, but the disciples would. How is that? They would see Him by revelation, revealed to them through the Holy Spirit. The primary function of the Holy Spirit is to reveal the Lord Jesus Christ to us and bring us into His sonship. This is confirmed in verse 20. “In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.”

While the essence of the Godhead is oneness, having a full understanding of that is not as important as understanding its function. In Christ, God has committed Himself fully to His creation. Listen to what Paul says about this commitment:

Eph. 2:
4 ¶  But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
5  even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
6  and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
7  so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

Verse seven says in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. There is nothing God has withheld from His creation in Christ. It’s all been given to us. We experience it as the many facets of God are made manifest in our lives.

 

 

 

 

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