“But to us there is but one God, the Father, of (from) whom are all things, and we in (into, for) Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by (through) whom are all things, and we by (through) him.” –1 Corinthians 8:6
What this verse says is essentially this:
- There is one God, the Father, from whom are all things.
- There is one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things.
- Our life and being is directed into the Father, through Christ.
That’s so amazing I could end this post right now. The more I seek God without agenda or preconception, the more I see that the authors of the Bible, the first apostles of Christ himself, were all what we would call today “mystics,” who taught union with God, just as people of other belief systems have done for centuries! There are differences too of course, the primary one being the apostles emphasized that life and union with God are only made possible through Christ. Nevertheless, union with God and being made spiritually alive are central themes of scripture that are often neglected.
- “Because Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God; being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit…” -1 Peter 3:1. To “bring us to God” doesn’t mean taking us to heaven. It means awakening our spirit to connect with God’s spirit, right now…
- “Yet a little while, and the world will see me no more; but you will see me. Because I live, you will live also. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.” -John 14:19-20. Again, our life is from God, in Christ, and Christ is our way into the Father.
- “When all things have been subjected to him (Jesus Christ), then the Son will also himself be subjected to Him (the Father) who subjected all things to him, that God may be all in all.” -1 Corinthians 15:28. “That God may be all in all.” That’s the culmination I think. There’s a mystery to it, but it’s amazing.
- He (God, the Father) made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the surface of the earth, having determined appointed seasons, and the boundaries of their dwellings, that they should seek the Lord, if perhaps they might reach out for him and find him, though He is not far from each one of us. ‘For in him we live, and move, and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also his offspring.’ Being then the offspring of God…” -Acts 17:24-29. Wait, so we are God’s offspring? We live and move and have our being in Him? These are all truths that are ours in Christ, right now. Nothing needs to be or can be added to them.
- “For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” -Colossians 3:3. You’re dead. That’s repeated many times in scripture. You were crucified with Christ. If there’s one thing you and I need to see as a starting point, it’s that. Our own life and everything it produces, good or bad, is dead in God’s sight. Our life now is in Christ, and nowhere else. Something being “hidden” means it’s concealed, buried. Our new life is so concealed, buried, and intertwined within Christ that we’ll never find it apart from him. Our life, which is with Christ, is found in God. We are one with God right now, through Christ. We aren’t God Himself, but we are joined to Him in a way far beyond what we see outwardly.
All but one of these verses in some way mentions both life and union with God. Our natural tendency is to think of life and death in physical terms, but the Bible is speaking spiritually – being “alive” is to be connected with God, while to be dead is to be alienated from Him. Scripture is clear that our life is in Christ, therefore Christ is our conduit of access to and union with God. The Father deemed it that way. The good news of the gospel is that we HAVE BEEN, ALREADY placed in Christ, thus made at peace with God and spiritually alive. By virtue of being “in Christ,” we are spiritually seated in heaven right now, are adopted into the Father’s family right now, and are partakers of God’s divine nature, right now! We lack nothing, because Christ, our life, lacks nothing.1 God sent Christ to be the first to enable and embody a new, spiritual life for all mankind, thus bringing union with God again (which Adam gave up by following Eve).
Again, these thing are realities now and forever. The only thing that prevents access to them is the blinded, prideful human mind and soul. Jesus referred to the inability of ALL men (Christians included) to apprehend truth apart from divine revelation as “darkness.” Sin is taken care of. What we need to fear and diligently seek to avoid is perceiving darkness as light,2 by taking things that originate in the mind of man as good and spiritual, and refusing to consider otherwise (repent). I honestly believe the first step for a disciple of Jesus Christ, who will fulfill their call by the power of God as he did, is to see that since you and I are in Christ, we are also in the Father, and lack nothing, but have authority over our sphere of influence, NOW! Glory to God! Whatever you or I knew or valued before Christ, good or bad, let’s forget it and just be aware of God’s presence of peace, love, and joy within us, now. Our soul might have turmoil, but our spirit is in Christ and at peace. Amen!
- Ephesians 2:6, Romans 8:15, 2 Peter 1:4, Colossians 2:10.
- See Matthew 6:23. The New Living Translation reads: “But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!” -That’s not a literal translation, but I believe the idea is correct. Darkness posing as light and proclaimed as light by influential men is the greatest, most dangerous darkness of all.