A deeper look at Union reading the scripture written to us today.
Paul Ellis’s words on Union :
« God made you so that you could participate in the overflowing love and life found within the Godhead. You were created to love and be loved and to share his divine life in spiritual union.
Manmade religion says you have to work hard before you can draw near to God and if you sin he will cast you aside, but the gospel of grace declares that one with the Lord, you are as holy and righteous as he is and your future is eternally secure. Our union with the Lord is intimate, unbreakable and the means by which we experience the abundant life that flows from the fullness of his love.
Union in the Bible
The word union does not appear in many English Bibles, but our union with the Lord is mentioned hundreds of times in scripture. It is found in the phrases like “God with us,” “Christ in you,” “in Christ,” “with Christ,” “with him,” and “in him” (see entry for Matt. 1:23). It’s in numerous promises (“I am with you always”) and word pictures (“I am the vine, you are the branches”). And union is implied in the word fellowship.
The word that is usually translated as fellowship (koinonia, 2842) literally means partnership, community (or common unity) or communion (or common union). Koinonia is not a verb in the sense of having fellowship after church. It is a noun that describes the common union believers have with each other and the Lord.
Union is more than relationship for it describes the mystical connection that all believers share with God the Father (Eph. 2:18, 1 John 1:2-3, 2:15), God the Son (1 Cor. 1:9, 10:16), and God the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 13:14, Php. 2:1, 1 John 4:13). Our union also joins us to the church or the body of Christ (1 John 1:7). Koinonia-fellowship is about living fully out of our connection with Christ and his body with our hearts “knit together in love” (Col. 2:2). »
Now here I am looking into the verses Paul refers to »
For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
If He did not sent the Comforter which is the gift of holy spirit from the Holy spirit how could we ever have union? The Father came to live in His son Jesus and Jesus Christ has made his home in the hearts of all who trust in Him. Now we have a connection with the father that is unbreakable.
1 John 1 :1-3
« 1Jo 1:1
« That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.
The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.
We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. »
We are in union and an unbreakable relationship with our Big Brother, Jesus and our Father God eternally! Nothing can separate us from their love! We are in their family.
We can however let go and seperate our selves, if we want to, but only by our own choice. But since we are sealed by the holy spirit the spirit will always convict and bring us back to God. We can try to leave the holy spirit but He will never leave us.
When we leave His love He is sad. Why does our broken fellowship bother God? Not because He needs another little rose petal in His Garden or another slave to do His work! But a Father who knows your every hair just wants the best for you! Even most earthly fathers want that for their own children. God is not selfish not petulant, He is pure Love. When we turn away from Gods love for idols or anything of this world apart form God we lose. He wants us blessed.
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[fn] is not in them.
For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.
The world meaning the Kosmos in Greek is order. But since Adam stopped loving God and began working on his own systems of what is right and wrong, we have a different order. A world system without God’s love and a dying one. This Kosmos or world was not what God intended or created in the beginning. And as God had warned in Genesis taking this route (eating the fruit) would lead to death. Not only in man, but all of Gods Creation as well.
We are living in a temporary and ersatz world. The real world will be restored and we will live in it forever.
The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
The body and flesh will be eliminated one way or the other. Our physical being will die but not the inner man who is Christ. The kernel and the shell must die. The vessel of clay will be broken.
He, the treasure inside, is eternal and the inner man, our Christ within will always do the will of God. Our broken bodies cannot because they are too weak. But in the Spirit in us is strong! He will do the will of God and live forever! So we are reminded by the spirit to walk by the spirit and love God and not be distracted by the shiny and sexy things of the world. We have work to do! Gods work! But if the flesh is too weak, it too will pass away. But not our real inner man.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,
When Jesus died so did we. When He was Risen so were we. When He ascended to His permanant position so did we. We are in the heavenlies NOW! Not some day after we die.
We are seated with Christ at Gods right hand even now. Even living our little life on earth we are living eternally in the Heavenly places waiting for the earth to get back to normal. We are living Gods will waiting for His Kingdom to take over all the Kingdoms of this world.
We have union or full sharing with Jesus because we are in Him
We are seated with Christ at Gods right hand even now. Even living our little life on earth we are living eternally in the Heavenly places waiting for the earth to get back to normal.
We have union or full sharing with Jesus because we are in Him
He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
God our Father is faithful when we are not. He is there to sustain and establish us all the way to the end point. When is that? The Day of Our Lord Jesus Christ when he shall put down all His enemies and all opposing His kingdom under His feet. And that includes death and all its pains. That will be the Kingdom of God on earth as a renewed Paradise in heaven and earth! What else is worth living for today in this dying world??
The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.
There is only one Lord, one Bread of Life. We all have taken a part of that but we all share fully in the Body of Christ even though we each take a particular part of that Body. Each of us has a specific role as were are partiular parts of His Body.
« Unity and diversity in the body of Christ.
For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.
a. Many members in one body: The church is a unified whole (one body), yet we are distinct within that one body (individually members). In the body of Christ there is unity but not uniformity.
b. Individually members of one another: We err when we neglect either aspect; unity should never be promoted at the expense of individuality, and individuality should never diminish the church’s essential unity in Christ; He is our common ground, we are one body in Christ.
We have a spiritual union with the Body of Christ. Only because we broke the Bread of Life and consumed Him. Now we are in His Body by Grace. No deeds of our own except believing in HIm to do the work in us. Walk in Love walk in Him
For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
Yet each of us in the Body has a been given very specific jobs to do. Where we are as we grow in faith. We all cannot be the eyes to have new revelations. We cannot all be the hands that move mountains. We cannot all be the feet to travel arround the world in missions. We cannot all be the mouth to prophecy or the stomach to digest. Each has a function and we each mature into it, by the faith that He gave to us. And all is by His grace not anything came from us.
So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
But now are they many members, yet but one body.
And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
The Body of Christ like our own physical body works well only when it is in harmony. All the members are just as important. IF one hurts all do. You cannot cut an organ out or lose a toe without the whole body feeling it. Neither can you cut branches off of the life sap of the vine and expect it to live for long.
There is union and never should there be division in the Body of Christ,. Yet we have divided His body in so many denominations. These are not flavors of Christ that God wanted to diversify,
No!! God warned us to be of one mind and one soul yet divisions crept in when the pride of knowledge puffed up some and they left the Love of Christ for their favorite doctrines. While the doctrine is love. Remember when Jesus told the Pharisees « a house divided cannot stand »?
Unity Union Reconciliation Peace and Love come from God.