Jesus is one with his Father sharing fully in the divine life. He is also one with us since he became one of us. But does he share fully in our human existence?
Paul tells us that Jesus “became sin” for us. He is fully one with his Father and without sin and yet he penetrated into the deepest depths of human existence in its awful estrangement from God. He moved into the very pit of our alienated humanity even becoming sin with us and for us. He did so, in order to bring us back to God.
This is deep oneness.
Jesus arose from death and returned to his Father. Does he remain deeply one with us? Yes! Jesus was raised from death and we were raised with him into newness of life as his new humanity. He is seated in heavenly places and we are seated there with him. Our lives are now hidden with Christ in God. We are so deeply one with him all that happens to him happens to us.
This is deep oneness.
Jesus became one with us so that we might be one with him in communion with his Father. And he pours his Spirit out on us to make actual this purpose of communion in us. The Spirit, as the Spirit of Christ, takes us into the loving communion of Father and Son. The Spirit, as Spirit of the Son, puts the ‘Abba, Father’ cry of Jesus into our hearts so that we actually share in the Son’s love relationship with his Father. And the same Spirit of Christ maintains the loving communion as we continue together as Chris’s own body in fellowship with Father and Son in the Spirit.
This is deep oneness.
“God made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth” (Ephesians 1:9,10).
When God’s time had fully come, the mystery, which God purposed in Christ came into the world in the man Jesus. Through him all things were created. In him all things are restored to the purpose of the divine will. He is, therefore, the mystery, God’s eternal purpose, moving into time as the beloved one. He is in himself the union between God and man in whom we and all things become one.
Now, by the Spirit, we take part in the mystery for the Spirit brings us into living union with the one who is the mystery. By the Spirit, we are in Christ sharing all he has with his Father in deep union and communion. By the Spirit, Christ is in us living out his own life with the Father through us. This is the mystery that was hidden from the beginning and now an open secret among us in union with Christ. The mystery that moves towards fulfilment and consummation among us as Christ’s body, ‘the fullness of him who fills all in all’ (Ephesians. 1:23). Until that day dawns we enjoy fellowship in the mystery, for it is the mystery of God’s will, which he purposed in Christ and we are part of it all by his Spirit.
Jesus is God as human opening to us the mystery of who God is within himself. He alone unveils to us the One God as Father, Son and Spirit mutually indwelling one another as the community of love. As such, the One God is mystery beyond our knowing.
Jesus is God as human opening to us who God is in relation to us. As the God who is One within himself, the Triune Community created humans for union within his life. And only within this oneness with God would we ever be one with each other. Yes, the only way diverse humans could ever be one is within their relation of union within the Triune Communion.
We humans turned away from God alienating ourselves from the One who wants to live in the deepest union with us. Nevertheless, Jesus came among us as the union of God and man opening to us our participation in the mystery. For Jesus is the mystery of the One God among us in whom humans are gathered back into communion with God and with one another. In union with the God-human and communion (koinonia) in him, humans are restored to the relation of oneness with God.
We are now the body of Christ that lives in union with Jesus and his Father through his Spirit. Jesus said, “On that day (when the Spirit comes) you will realise that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you”. In this living union the mystery of union is made actual in the world., For as his body we are the new humanity that enjoys the union that God intended all along. Union with Father and Son in the Spirit and also union with one another. Within this new humanity, there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all ONE in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28).
Who can begin to fathom the mystery of Jesus? There is no one to compare with him. He is one of us and yet unlike us, for he is both God and man in one person. As such, he is himself the eternal purpose of God in election made actual among us. For in eternity God decided to be one with us and for us to be one with him. And the Father’s Son was elected to be the God-human in whom the eternal purpose would be fulfilled.
This mystery of Jesus is nothing less than the coming of God himself into the midst of our estranged humanity. Coming personally to rescue us from all that enslaved us in order to gather us as liberated children into living fellowship with his Father and with one another in the Spirit. For Jesus, the elect man, was eternally purposed by God and sent into the world for us so we might share together in the mystery of union between Father and Son in the Spirit.
Paul writes, “God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory”. Christ is now in us and we are in him and this too is the mystery. He who ascended to fill all things now lives in union with us. And he will bring his community to its fullness in God’s eternal purpose. For he will return again to consummate God’s eternal purpose in the new creation. All this is the mystery in which we share as those united to Christ by the Spirit.