5

The Mystery of Divine Unity

The Mystery of Divine Unity

Today's blog is an excerpt from my book, The Mysterious Kingdom of Heaven.

John 17:20-23(NLT) - “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.

Jesus prayed that all who believe in Him would be one, just as He and His Father are one. He then asked for all of us to experience the perfect unity He shared with His Father. Here is the problem. We think that means we have to all agree with each other. We think Jesus wanted us to agree on everything so we continue to frustrate ourselves in pursuit of this type of unity that continues to escape us. We think that if we talk things out among ourselves we can arrive at a consensus.

Maybe then, we can work together to represent Jesus on the earth. We really think we can do it so we’ll continue to try and continue to fail because we don’t understand what Jesus said. He didn’t expect us to negotiate with each other, compromise our standards, accommodate people’s opposing opinions or pretend to agree because that was not His definition of unity.

Yes, I agree that in Genesis 11, mankind was united during the construction of The Tower of Babel and God had to confound their languages to prevent them from accomplishing anything sinister. I agree that in Acts 2, on The Day of Pentecost, they were all in one accord in The Upper Room and received the promise of The Holy Spirit. Those are established facts that cannot be denied but there is something significant in these two illustrations that must not be overlooked. God destroyed the unity He observed in the Genesis 11 and embraced the unity in Acts 2. If unity among human beings was the goal, why were His responses so drastically different? Jesus didn’t want us to have unity among ourselves as a reflection of The Trinity. He wanted us to have unity with The Trinity. That is what He said in John 17:21-23.

He first defined His unity with The Father as them being in each other then He defined our unity as us being in them and He being in us. Nowhere, did He mention in His prayer a request for human unity. He knew that asking us to come together “as one” didn’t really make much sense because built into our humanity is a desire for independence. Even if we tried, we couldn’t do it. So He came up with the master plan that would revolutionize the concept of unity. Even though it is also His desire for this unity to manifest in our earthly relationships, nothing happens until each person is first unified with God. Therefore, first things must be placed first.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20(NLT) - Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.

Now that I’ve laid the foundation, I can share with you what I introduced at the beginning of this chapter. The Holy Spirit exploded into my spirit His desire to be one with me. He didn’t want us to be separate. He didn’t want me to follow Him around. Even though it may sound pious, He didn’t want to direct me by signs on the outside. He wanted us to get so close to each other that I could no longer tell where I ended and He began. He wanted us to have the type of unity that Jesus prayed for His disciples and all those who would ever believe in Him. He wanted me to be in Him the same way He was in me. That’s the unity that would enable me to operate like Jesus because it would no longer be me performing miracles, it would be Him performing them through me.

Therefore, any attempt to imitate the unity of The Trinity among humanity is a complete waste of time. If God really wanted humans to unite with each other we would have been able to do it already. The Western Church has more denominations and divisions than many pagan religions. We can’t seem to agree on anything except the basics of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We argue about the age of the earth, the gifts of The Spirit, pre-destination versus free will, etc. The Church in the East may be a little better but also have their issues. Even under intense persecution, the Chinese house churches eventually started splitting among doctrinal lines. Therefore, I can comfortably state that if we continue our traditional approach to unity, Jesus Christ will return and we’ll still be divided.

Decoding the Mystery of Divine Unity

Colossians 3:1-4(NLT) - Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.

If you are a Christian, your real life does not exist apart from Christ. Therefore, if your life contains anything that is not in Christ, it’s not real. As a Christian, you have not been living unless you’ve been living in Christ. He is your life! This declaration from The Apostle Paul in Colossians 3:1-4 should completely change your approach to this short period called “time.” In fact, this is the attitude that The Holy Spirit desires of us all as we accept the call of Jesus to Divine Unity.

We must become one with The Head before we can become one with the rest of The Body of Christ. If we desire to “keep it real” then our reality must be heavenly. Our existence as individual human beings separated from God came to an abrupt end when we died to this life and accepted the real life offered by Christ. Hence, Divine Unity is actually the only option available within true Christianity. When this is understood the concept of being “heavenly minded” enters a new dimension.

Acts 17:24-28(NLT) - “He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need. From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries. “His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’

Real Christian life has no separation from God. In Him we live and move and exist! What a marvelous pronouncement of faith! God is not standing afar off leading us from the outside. He is no longer limited to a cloud, pillar of fire, The Ark of the Covenant or The Holiest of Holies in the temple. When He moves we move with Him. When He stops, we stop. It’s unnecessary for us to do anything for God. It’s worthless trying to work for God in our own strength. There is nothing we can offer Him that compares to His worth! However, He considers us worthy to be His expression on the earth. He wants us to desire Him so much that we offer our bodies for His use.

In Matthew 22:36-38, Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to love The Lord with all of our hearts, souls and minds. He then stated in John 14:15 that if we love Him we will obey His commandments. When we make our lives all about Him, we’re proving our love for Him. He must dominate our thoughts and desires so much that no space is left for sin. David said in Psalm 119:11 that hiding the Word of God in our hearts enables us to manifest victory over sin. Isn’t that remarkable? The more we fill ourselves with God the less we’ll fall short of His lofty standards for our lives.

Romans 12:1-2(NLT) - And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

The Apostle Paul says in the King James Version of this scripture that giving God our bodies as a living sacrifice is our reasonable service. If giving God everything is reasonable what can we possibly do to impress Him? Once again, this is the Divine Unity that Jesus shared with The Father and desired for us all. This is one sacrifice we know God will accept. There is no need for you to wonder because God will accept you as you are. Paul confirms this position with the following quote from 2 Corinthians 5:16-17, “So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

In Romans 12:1-2, you can discover the elusive secret to clarifying the ambiguity of God’s Will for your life. You start by offering your body to Him as a form of worship. The next step is ensuring that you live by God’s Word instead of copying the behavior and customs of the world. Lastly, you have to let God transform your mind with His Word. The Book of John starts with, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” For this reason, if you want God to change your mindset, the light of His Word can do it. The scriptures are alive and can revitalize anything that is dead. Jesus said in John 6:63 that the spirit brings life and the words He speaks are spirit and they are life. Therefore, The Word of God is the perfect remedy for the shortcomings of all humanity.

Click to share thisClick to share this