Jesus said we are to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves. Let me take the liberty and say it this way “We are to love our neighbor as if they actually are us.” Does that shine any light on this for you? If we could really see others as being one with us or an extension, rather than being separate, or independent from us, what a different outlook we would have. If we could only see how we are joined with others in the Spirit.
Recently I observed a man sort of hovering over a lady. Wherever she went he was close by. The thought occurred to me that he was only displaying what everything in the universe is after, oneness. Although he may have had something a little fleshlier on his mind; the truth is God is reconciling all things in Christ. Sometimes we call it sex drive or hormones but at the root of it all, it is in our design. Of course when someone isn’t operating by way of the Spirit of God they will seek this oneness in the wrong manner. While we were meant for oneness, with God and each other, through the fall things sort of became bent and twisted, but thank God he had a plan to reconcile it all.
The Bible teaches us that Jesus came here, not only to deal with the sin issue, but to restore order throughout all of creation. He started the process by gathering us up and co-crucifying us with him; therefore severing our oneness with the first Adam forever. But that wasn’t the end of the story because he raised us with him too. We have been joined again with Christ (the last Adam) by way of the cross. Eventually God will restore all things but for now we are waiting. (Ephesians 1:9-10) “He made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his kind intention which he purposed in him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth.”
One day we are going to see everything brought back under submission to our Heavenly Father. Isaiah gives us a snapshot of what the earth will be like when that takes place. (Isaiah 65:18-25) We see rejoicing and gladness rather than weeping and sadness. It is said, if you don’t live to be at least one hundred you will be considered cursed. The rest of nature will be restored also, and the wolf and lamb will graze together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox; and dust will be the serpent’s food. “They will do no evil or harm in my entire holy Mountain,” says the Lord.
There is an order to the restoration though; (1 Corinthians 15:23-28) it is Christ the first fruits, after that those that are Christ’s at his coming. Eventually Christ himself will hand everything over to God and he himself will become subjected to him, so that God may be all in all. So we see Christ’s job is all about reconciling everything back to the Father in oneness of Spirit. Elsewhere we read, (Ephesians 4:4-6) “There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.”
The Bible tells us that we believers are the body of Christ, “the fullness of him who fills all in all.” And (1 Corinthians 6:17) “he that is joined to the Lord is one Spirit.” We are a part of God’s plan to reconcile all things on earth and heaven to himself by way of Christ. (Colossians 1:19-20) “For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through him to reconcile all things to himself, having made peace through the blood of his cross; through him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.” We, being his body, have now been given the ministry of reconciliation. Obviously God can do the restoration himself, but thankfully he has given us the privilege of participating. It starts with the church, the body of Christ, getting the message that we are one in the Spirit right now.
Written by Louie