The exalted Creator, Ancient of Days, the Unbegotten One
was without a first beginning, or a foundation;
He is, and He will be for unending ages.
His only-begotten Christ, and the Holy Spirit,
are coeternal with him in the the everlasting glory of the Godhead.
- Colum Cille, Altus Prosator, Irish, 6th century
“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”
- John 17.20, 21
The entirety of our lives depends on the triune God. We are His creatures. We exist at His pleasure, and in just the condition He has assigned to us. He sustains us. He calls us to His Kingdom and glory, that we might relate to Him, and to one another, as the Persons of the Godhead do with each Other. Being one with Him, even as They are One in the Godhead, we can discover the means to be one together in the Lord.
One with the eternal Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – one! You and me! Now and forever! One with the everlasting, ever-glorious God! And one with all others who profess the Name of Jesus and follow Him as His disciples.
This would be unthinkable were it not that Jesus leads us to think this way, and enables us by His Spirit to know such true union with God. Knowing oneness with God – partaking of the divine nature! (2 Pet. 1.4) – and the joy and peace this brings, we will be more resolved to work for oneness with our fellow Christians.
In God’s Presence are fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore (Ps. 16.11). He is all glory, all truth, all loveliness, all might and power, all splendor and majesty, all wonder and holiness and beauty and wisdom and goodness and love and strength! And we who know Jesus are one with Him!
If only we could get beyond the mere intellectual fact of this to the real experience of it, I’m quite certain it would change our lives, change our churches, and even change our world. Knowing and living in oneness with God can empower and sustain us in seeking oneness with our fellow believers.
But for most of us, I suspect, knowing and living in the oneness for which Jesus prayed, is a some-other-time vocation and a fleeting pleasure, at best. It’s certainly not something we devote ourselves to knowing, and to sharing with other believers.
We are one with God! But that oneness is hard to realize, given our sinfulness, self-centeredness, and natural-born suspicion. God calls and woos us, so that He may draw us through His precious and very great promises to participate more deeply and more truly in Him.
Knowing that such is possible, why would we not eagerly pursue it? Do we not find oneness with God, the experience of being in His favor, communing with Him, drawing on His power, and seeing the world from His vantage point – do we not find this appealing and desirable above all other aspirations?
If ever as a community of believers we do begin to experience this far-exceeding oneness, we will be forever changed, and the world will be amazed, agog, and astonished.
Seek the Lord, that He may reveal everything in your soul that keeps you from knowing this oneness with Him and other members of the Body of Christ. To know the Presence and oneness of God, and to share in this together is the most powerful witness we can give to the world.
Let us together resolve to repent of every hindrance, and take up Paul’s challenge to work hard to realize and maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Eph. 4.3). Draw near to the Lord, and He will draw near to you; and in His nearness, find the love to be one with all the followers of King Jesus.
Know oneness with God. Then share that oneness with your fellow believers.
1. As you understand it, what does it mean to “partake” of God?
2. What are the greatest hindrances keeping you from knowing more oneness with God?
Psalm 133 (Tryggare Kan Ingen Vara: Children of the Heavenly Father)
Behold, how sweet, how pleasant, when the brethren dwell together;
All in unity abiding find God’s blessing there presiding.
Like the precious oil of blessing flowing down on Aaron’s vestment,
God’s anointing rests forever where His people dwell together.
Like the dew of Hermon’s fountain falling down on Zion’s mountain,
So the blessing of the Savior dwells where unity finds favor.
Help me, Lord, to know what oneness with You and with my brethren requires of me, so that today I will...
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 Carey, p. 33.