One of the most common misconceptions about Union Life is in regard to “calling ourselves gods.” Our true position is best summarized by Paul in II Corinthians 4:7, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels,” and in II Corinthians 6:16, “You are the temple of the living God.”
What we have been saying to the Church is that the essence of the human being is spirit. God breathed into man and he became a living being. God is only Spirit, as Jesus witnessed to the woman at the well: “God is spirit; and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). He is the Father of our spirits (Heb. 12:9). Jesus said, “Into Your hands, I commend my spirit” (Luke 23:46). Peter spoke about the spirits in prison (1 Peter 3:19); and Hebrews speaks of the spirits of just men made perfect (12:23).
We are derived spirits; our human spirit having God’s spirit as its source (Gen. 2:7). God did not create a new type of spirit for man. Rather He breathed into man His Spirit. He took from Himself and imparted to man in the same way as God took woman from man. Woman already existed in man. Scripture says that she was not a new thought in God’s mind—she was “bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh.”
The human spirit takes its nature from the deity spirit with which it is united. The direction of the heart comes from the spirit which is in union with our spirit. We are either in union with the spirit of error (the false deity), or the Spirit of truth (the true Deity).
Since the question we are addressing deals with calling ourselves gods, we move to the union of the human spirit with the Divine Spirit as mentioned in 1 Corinthians 6:17: “He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit.” In our union, our human spirit is directed by the Divine Person with whom we are united. The union is in the function, and the two function as one. A duality is present in the union. The human spirit is neither absorbed nor is he roboticized! We remain as individual persons, but now we are true persons.
We are true persons, because though we are earthen vessels, we know that we contain the Treasure, that we are the abiding place of the Treasure, and that we express the desires of the Treasure. We know that the earthen vessel is the means that the indwelling Treasure has for human manifestation and expression. The vessel is man’s means of expression of Life, but not the source of the Life. A true person recognizes that He lives from God.
We do not claim to be independent gods, nor do we equate ourselves with the Infinite, Almighty God, nor do we teach the loss of humanity. We do stress (indeed, must stress) the truth of our union. Our calling is to share with Christians, about their union with Christ, trusting that the Holy Spirit will free them from the devilish attempt to become someone or something other than the vessel or container.
We recognize the charge against us in regard to “calling ourselves gods.” We believe that the charge is due to a misunderstanding on the hearer’s part. This misunderstanding will continue until such time as the Holy Spirit teaches a person who is the Christian’s true nature. Then the person will know that living from a truth about one’s true Being is not the same as claiming to be that Being. He will understand the difference between living “for God” and living “from God.”
Dan Stone-From Union Life Magazine,