One with Christ_Part 1
By Godswill Etu
When we talk about God, we talk about a spiritual being (Jn. 4:24). We therefore have a spiritual concept on our minds. In the beginning of creation, the personality of God we were introduced to; is Spirit. ”In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth…. And the SPIRIT of God moved upon the face of the waters” (Gen 1:1-2). God, who is a Spirit, exists in the ceaseless, timeless, eternal unseen realm. No wonder man his creation is a spirit being who also operates in the natural.
The Bible says “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him” (John 1:18). It was at the point of incarnation that God (the Spirit) put on flesh in Jesus. It was in Jesus that God became a physical personality, who lived on the earth, went to the cross, died for the sin of humanity and whoever believes in Him becomes a new creation.
So, while God (Spirit) became flesh in Christ; man becomes a spirit in Christ at the point of salvation.
”But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his” (Rom 8:9).
The unbeliever is dead spiritually because such a person is alienated from God and is sense ruled. the bible says, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit’ (1Co 15:45). However, at the point of salvation, the spiritual nature of man comes alive. The spiritual nature of man is ignited at the point of salvation by the pulsating life of Christ. The Bible talks about a sinning soul, not a sinning spirit. ”The soul that sinneth, it shall die…” ( Eze 18:20).
“But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God” (Rom 2:29). We can therefore say, the relationship of the believer with God is spiritual.
”But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit with Him” (1Co 6:17).
Apostle Paul, writing here, wrote to believers and said he that is joined to the Lord is one spirit with the Lord. Joined in this scripture is from the Greek word kollaō (Pronounced kol-lah’-o) and means; to glue, to stick, cleave. The word cleave paints a picture of what happens during intercourse. Both partners become inseparably joined in a foetus. That is why the X – Y Chromosomes of the parents (or X-X as the case may be) produce indistinguishable Chromosomes in the child basically seen as hybrid Chromosomes, there is no distinguishing between the X chromosome of one parent from the Y or X chromosome of the second parent in the child.
Similarly, at new birth there is a fusion of Spirits, such that the spirit of the believer is inseparable and cannot be distinguished from the spirit of God within the believer. It is the Spirit of God within the believer that makes the believer spiritually alive unto God. Paul the Apostle helps us to see that our body is the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in us. The Spirit of God lives in the believer with all His attributes and abilities. This was made possible when Christ paid the ultimate price for sin in his substitutionary sacrifice. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time” (1Tim 2:5-6).
The word ransom here is in the Greek; antilutron (Pronounced; an-til’-oo-tron) and means a redemption price. Christ was the price for our redemption. He was the mediator and the mediation between man with God. He gave up his glory with the Father, came and died in our place so that we could be all that he is and will ever be with the Father.
Apostle John declares this; ”Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him” ( 1Jo 4:13-16). We are in him, and he is in us because he has given us of His Spirit. The spirit of God, which is the spirit of Christ is the same spirit the believer has.
It is also interesting to know that; this spiritual sameness or oneness with Christ is the product of His ”substitutionary” sacrifice and not a product of anything we have done or we will ever do. It pleased the Lord to make it so. …it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin… Isa 53:10 ”But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Rom 5:8.)
To be Continued…
Say these words out loud:
I am a new creation in Christ
I do not have a refurbished spirit
I have the same Spirit of my Father in me
I am one indivisible spiritual element with Christ
Same power, same glory, same nature, same character, same faith
All in me because I have believed the gospel
To be Continued…