Oneness! – February 19th, 2019

The state of being unified…

This is not a reference related to an eastern religion, it’s not a doctrinal position embraced by a particular denomination of Christendom.  It is creation’s ultimate conclusion.

The consensus with theorist today is that our universe is constantly expanding. It is considered to be the accepted constant for the stars. In general concept, every object in the universe is constantly progressing along a timeline that increases the space between them.

There are other events that take place that would seem to defy this progression, such as gravitational attraction, collisions of independent masses causing deflections, and supernova’s that disperse fragments in every direction in defiance of the typical path for all else.

I do not fancy myself as an amateur physicist or astronomer. I have a minor interest in such things only because of their intricate make up. My background in engineering compels me to understand the why and how of most things I observe.

It is from that mindset I stand in awe of what is in fact the oneness of creation.

As Christians we worship a triune God. He is one, in three distinct persons. Despite this, these individual persons they are one. People have lost perspective quickly when they attempt to separate these entities into independent elements.  God is one.

You were shown these things so that you would know that the Lord is God; there is no other besides him.

Deuteronomy 4:35 (CSB)

There are no others beside Him, God. He is one.

You believe that God is one. Good! Even the demons believe — and they shudder.

James 2:19 (CSB)

James somewhat mockingly addresses the unified singleness of God. This tone conveys the truth that God is one.

But what about the three? They are one with each other.

We can’t possibly wrap our minds around this because we are finite creatures with finite minds attempting to comprehend the infinite God.

There must come a point where we understand this and give the proper respect and reverence to the fact, we are inferior to God and He is superior in every way to us, we are the product of His imagination and grace. We are born out of His love and compassion for us.

The gravitational force that compels us to Him is also a product of His design.

Alone-Together

We are never alone, and yet we at times have a desire to be separated from the rest of humanity. Other than the mentally disturbed individual, our tendency to be hermits isn’t a desire to be separated from anything in particular. More typical when we seek this solace it is so we may focus on putting things together rather than separation.

Separation isn’t something we are comfortable with.

Just because someone desires to withdraw to a quiet place where the focus of day-to-day life can be set aside and we can focus on that which we seek, doesn’t mean that we find separation desirable.

One of the most literal expressions of this is one’s devotional time. We attempt to temporarily isolate ourselves from our surroundings. Not to be alone, but instead to be alone-together with God.

Out from these periods of alone-togetherness we find unity with the creator. He is one, and as we focus in on Him and His Word, we become more unified with him.

This is an intended construct envisioned by God and implanted in us.

He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also put eternity in their hearts, but no one can discover the work God has done from beginning to end.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (CSB)

This desire for oneness with God is written in our DNA. Those that would deny it lives in frustration, lacking the oneness that God has intended to impart on us that is consistent with Him.

We are made in His image and everything he is a pattern to everything we are or we are becoming in Him.

Jesus made it clear that there is no separation between Him and God the Father.

“I and the Father are one.”

John 10:30 (CSB)

Bringing us to God’s purposed state we are to grow into.

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. Every branch in me that does not produce fruit he removes, and he prunes every branch that produces fruit so that it will produce more fruit. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me.”

 John 15:1-4 (CSB)

Now the oneness of God is extended to us. God is one. Jesus spells it out, He and the Father are one. Now here in the fifteenth chapter of John Jesus draws a mental picture for us so we can better understand just how integral our relationship with Him, and the Godhead is to be.

Jesus says, “I am the true vine”. I am the entry point from which you can have oneness with the creator. This garden we are a part of is nurtured by the Father who is the gardener.

This true vine we want to be one with, we want to cling to that vine as if it was the difference of life and death, because it is!

Oneness in marriage

“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

Mark 10:7-9 (CSB)

We read this and we typically see two people, man and woman coming together to unite. But the image of the trinity is here and presents itself in the ideal marriage of two people.

Marriage is a covenant not between two people. While two of the people are human, one isn’t. One is God. It isn’t the couples covenant. It is God’s covenant with the couple. And in this union the two become one flesh, but the three become one in the bond of marriage.

Oneness of the church

Let us be glad, rejoice, and give him glory, because the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his bride has prepared herself.

Revelation 19:7 (CSB)

This oneness continues into eternity when we as the church are the bride of Christ. In this image we see God as one. Jesus and the Father as one. And us and God as one. Total and complete “Oneness” as per the design laid out by the architect of the universe.

In His Grace,
Kip…

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