The Oneness of the Kingdom

The oneness of the kingdom is forever established. True oneness is first and foremost entering into the oneness of the Godhead. This is the essence of John 17.

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.
24 ¶  “Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
25  “O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me;
26  and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

Verse 23 states, “I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity. The Greek word for unity is heis. It is most often translated as “one,” not unity. The term “unity” can be misleading. There is a distinction between oneness and unity. Unity implies everyone getting along and being of the same mindset or accord. Oneness implies being of the same essence. Christianity is filled with teaching on unity but it will never be realized on the level that it is taught.

Isa. 2
1 ¶  The word which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2  Now it will come about that In the last days The mountain of the house of the LORD Will be established as the chief of the mountains, And will be raised above the hills; And all the nations will stream to it.
3  And many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; That He may teach us concerning His ways And that we may walk in His paths.” For the law will go forth from Zion And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

We see the true means to oneness in these passages. The mountain of the house of the Lord is Zion. It will be established as the chief of mountains and raised above the hills. All the nations then stream to it. There is an upward flow. This is contrary to all the laws of gravity. In the natural realm everything flows down hill, not uphill. But in the realm of spirit, everything flows upward. All spiritual growth is determined by how we ascend spiritually into higher realms in God. God is drawing us up to participate in His oneness. We are one in Him. Oneness is never achieved by deferring to the lowest common denominator. This has been the method of soulish Christianity. The mindset of joining together simply because someone has received Christ has led to all the deception prevalent in Christianity today. Oneness is realized and experienced as we ascend to participate in Zion.

Heb. 12
22  But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels,
23  to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,
24  and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.

The oneness of God and our participation in it is a spirit realm reality. Oneness will always seem nebulous and elusive in the soul realm. It cannot be nailed down satisfactorily to our finite minds. Many, many Christians are on various levels of ascension. But our oneness is not realized in the upward journey. It is manifested as our heads pop through the clouds, so to speak, and we behold Zion in all her finished glory. Back in verse 23 of Hebrews 12 it says we have come to the spirits of the righteous made perfect. This denotes a work accomplished by God in a people. We are being draw up into fellowship in this realm.

We know that all through the Scriptures God has used a remnant to accomplish His purposes. He draws up certain ones and uses them for the good of all. This must be how we see the oneness of the kingdom being ministered. We will not reach down to minister to others, but rather draw them up like Jesus said in John 17.

Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.”

The seventeenth chapter of John is very mystical. It expresses the completed revelation of Jesus’ earthly ministry. It reveals to us God’s purposes in sending Christ into the world. When we say it’s not about reaching down in an attempt to be one with people, what then it is the method? We have the answer in the following passages.

14  “I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
15  “I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.
16  “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17 ¶  “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.
18  “As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.

It is a living word expressed that draws people up. When the word is received it creates in the recipient, and the recipient begins to ascend. This is the path of true kingdom oneness. This brings us back to the revelation of a remnant, or first fruits company, being the channel of the word unto all Christianity.

6 ¶  “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world; they were Yours and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.
7  “Now they have come to know that everything You have given Me is from You;
8  for the words which You gave Me I have given to them; and they received them and truly understood that I came forth from You, and they believed that You sent Me.

9  “I ask on their behalf; I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom You have given Me; for they are Yours;
10  and all things that are Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine; and I have been glorified in them.

Jesus speaks to the Father in these passages about how He had manifested the Father’s name to those the Father had given Him. Jesus says that the disciples had come to know that everything He gave them came from the Father. He then says, “The words which you gave Me I have given to them; and they received them…” The disciples received the word that Jesus spoke to them. We too are being glorified in Him as we receive the words the Father is speaking in this hour. Others also will be glorified as they receive the words He is giving us.

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.

Here is the ministry of Christ through a remnant. What begins with twelve disciples now multiplies through the word they speak. I think it’s significant that Jesus did not say “for those who believe in Me through My word,” but rather, their word. This expresses the oneness of the Godhead the disciples had mystically entered into.

The passage we read back in Isaiah about Zion being established as the chief mountain and all the nations streaming to it will come to pass. We do not have to worry or stress over coming into some kind of pseudo unity that is taught in Christianity. True oneness already exists and is forever established. It may seem that too few people are open to receive the word being spoken in this hour. This will change. Our only responsibility is to be faithful to speak His word and have faith for those who receive it. The word itself will accomplish the rest.

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