Oneness Through His Blood

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“For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him and to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” Colossians 1:19-20 NIV

We looked at verse 19 in the last post, so today let’s look at verse 20 which begins with “…and to reconcile….” A similar verse in Ephesians 1:10 is similar and reads,

“That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him.” KJV

I have quoted the KJV simply because in this verse it is very close to what the Greek text actually says. Another passage that is similar in intent is the discussion of the oneness of all races in Ephesians 2:14-22. Jesus is the peace of the heart, and when that is in place we find deep “oneness” in our hearts with others. The word “unity” is another word in Greek and is not in either of these passages. For us, in English, that word contains meanings not found here. So I have not used it.

To be one is to dwell in peace and to function out of a “knowing” in Spirit that being one in Jesus means being one with others. In Christ, who is our peace, is contained all the purposes of our Father; in Christ is contained all the empowerment of our Father; in Christ is contained all needed knowledge and empowerment to be as He is. (1 John 4:17)

There is only one other place that this oneness exists and that is the oneness of the covenant of marriage. (Another post sometime – maybe). So it is not a “feeling” of being like others or belonging with others but instead, a “knowing” in Spirit that because Jesus is in me, we are one with the Father and with every other believer. This comes from faith and believing the Word. It is a Spirit-truth that we can learn to “feel” as we trust our Lord more and more in working with other people.

This same understanding is in John 17:20-26. It is not about us making it so, it is about us receiving its truth as we embrace all He is in us and for us. Our primary fellowship is the Lord through Spirit and as we choose that as our source of strength, we discover real “oneness” and deep relationship that then can embrace others.

Thank You, Lord, for all you are in each of us. We choose this oneness and allow an openness in our being to respond in You and to You.

Thank you for reading – be blessed today in Him!

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God Was Pleased

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“For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him…” Colossians 1:19 NIV

The heart of our Father is so open in this verse. It pleased Him to have His own fullness/completeness/fulfilment resident within His Son! As this portion of Scripture gives us more and more descriptions of our Lord Jesus, His placement with the Father, as He does His work on the Earth, this is one that solidifies the oneness of the Father/Son/Spirit relationship. All the “fullness” of God dwells in Christ.

When our Father gave the power-of-attorney to our Lord Jesus, He did so knowing that our Lord had all of the Father in Him as well as with Him.  John 13:3-5 reads,

“Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.” John 3:3-5 NIV

Jesus motive and ability to serve His Apostles in this way came from what He knew as He walked this earth. This was before the resurrection, before the exaltation, before the crucifixion – before it all. Yet, He knew what the Father had placed in His body of flesh to accomplish what was required.

So it is for us in Him. As He is the fullness of the Deity (Colossians 2:9), and He lives within us by the Holy Spirit, we present to the world the fullness of the Father in bodily form. We generally are so taken with ourselves, our own sins, and shortcomings, that we do not believe all the provision in us as humans infused with deity. We read the words and then apply them only to Christ, instead of seeing the reason we are told these things.

As we begin to worship Him, not in form or out of duty, but in Spirit and truth, the image of our possibilities and empowerments start to unfold in us. We begin to see what our Father did in and for Jesus, is the same as what He is what He has provided in us.

“In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered.” Hebrews 2:10 NIV

The emphasis int hat verse today is for us to understand is that our Lord’s purpose was to “bring many sons to glory.” What Jesus did was to enable a reproduction of Himself, so the world would be filled with the glory of the Father – His Sons and Daughters all over the globe empowered as the holy ones in Christ to be and do according to the fullness of their Lord Jesus.

So our motivation for serving is not self-confidence, or a “wanting to do good.” It is instead the fact that we are uniquely empowered to serve one another and the world with the touch and substance of Almighty God.

Lord, we believe, help our unbelief! May we genuinely embrace the fullness of the Father in our Lord Jesus Christ so that we too may express who He is in every aspect of our being!

May this word bless and encourage you – especially in prayer – that we may rise and be and do in the power of Almighty God. Thank you for reading.

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The Beginning

“He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that in all things He may have the preeminence.” Colossians 1:18 MEV

We have covered the first part of this verse in our last post, so you may scroll down and read if you would like. Now we are going to look at the rest of the verse as it is all tied together. “He is the beginning,…” The Greek word used for “beginning” both here and in John 1:1 is “archey” which does not really mean “beginning.” It is a bit like the “beresith” in Hebrew (Genesis 1:1), and they both mean “highest, source, foremost.” Our God is eternal and has no beginning and no end. We also discover that in Jesus we have eternal life, which means we have joined the ranks of the “eternal ones.” So it probably would be better to say “In the Source.”

So Jesus is the Source of all. We know this is credited to our Father, but remember there is no “they” only He. Oneness in the Godhead is the deep infusion of the reality of persons as One. This is a beginning step in reaching for an understanding of the Trinity. It is three in One; Father, Son, Holy Spirit. No division, no difference, what is true of one is true of all. So as our source, our Christ is the “firstborn from the dead.”

“He is the image of the invisible God and the firstborn of every creature. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they are thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers. All things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things and in Him, all things hold together.” Colossians 15-17

So He is also the firstborn from the dead – never to die again. There were people raised in the Old Covenant, but they all died again. He, on the other hand, lives never to die again! As such, He has first place over everything! Every knee will bow! He Is Lord!

Even though He is our best friend, He is Lord! He is the lover of our soul, and He is Lord of all. We have been included in the designer and creator of the universe! Now we can take a step forward into eternity with and in Him to accomplish what we have been born to do. Enjoy Him today.

The Gift of Oneness

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“He is also head of the body, the church; and  He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.” Colossians 1:18 NASB

The verse above contains four separate concepts all rolled into one sentence in our English Bibles. The first one, “He is also the head of the body, the church;” reads quickly and we do a mental, “Of course” and travel to the next phrase. It is so easy to do in these packed verses. Yet, let’s slow down a bit and allow a small “unpacking” or “unfolding” of this verse.

The “body” has a head. The “body” is believers in Jesus Christ. The “head” is Jesus Christ. We need to really receive this, because it is a fact in the Spirit. When we become His, we are born into His Body. That Body is the church. (Not a particular organization but a gathering). When we remember this, we will be able to receive all the Lord says about us and our position in Him, such as co-heir, etc… without getting out of shape about being Him in our world. He is always the head; we are always the body! He is leading, we are following where the head leads.

Now we need to add to this passage another one that brings much joy and comfort to me every time I think and meditate on it.

“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that you sent Me. The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, (better translation – “into oneness”), so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.” John 17:20-24 NASB

We are one in Him. The first acceptance dimension is very personal; I am one in Him; You are one in Him. We are in His body and one with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is the work of the new birth. Once “born from above” my entire being is now His. The Holy Spirit lives inside and there is no distance between the Father, Son, Holy Spirit and me. We are one. The emphasis of this passage of scripture is not what happens between you and me, but what happened between me and my Lord. The “you” and “me” part is a by-product of what He has done.

Then “…that they may be perfected into oneness.” The word here for perfection means completion, or finished, or consummated. In other words, everything I am is at peace and rest because I am one with Him. It is a bit different than our understanding of perfection. It is a receiving of all He is, as He has received all I am.

So embraced in His person, I am His body. Now go back and read Colossians 1:18 again at the first of this post. Huge!

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for all your love and inclusion. May each of us delight in this “oneness” and begin our days in the sweetness of your presence and peace.

Thank you for reading.

 

Unfolding Into Tomorrow

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“Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in.” Isaiah 40:21-22 KJV

As I began to think about this new year, new season, new days as it were, to engage our Lord Jesus, interact with Him, and in Him, the word “Unfolded” began to be in my heart. (Sharing how the Lord speaks is often difficult. Suddenly you know what you did not know before). As I thought about the word, the passage above came to mind. I could not quote all of it and did not remember where it was – so I had to go hunting. There it was in one of my favourite chapters in Isaiah.

The understanding that the heavens were “spread out” was interesting. My brother had said something to me about a year ago about this verse, and I thought about it then. Here it was again. The Lord began to work it in me. Everything He does is contained within a “unit” (for lack of a better expression). Then he unwraps it or unfolds it or spreads it out. As the universe – He first created it, and now He continually stretches it out, so we see and know more and more about it. (Hence, the scientist tell us it is getting larger and larger. Indeed it is).

He does that same with His Word. To those who will listen and hear, He begins with the printed page and then stretches it into a way of life. We are familiar with this, but there is much, much more. He has dimensions upon dimensions in each word read and received. It is a constant “unfolding” within us. We call this “revelation knowledge.” It is spoken of in Ephesians 1:17 as well as in other places. It is something He takes great delight in showing to those who will willingly see and hear.

Then there is the “unfolding” of Himself in our lives. When we were born in the natural, our physical natures had every possibility in us as our DNA and our life-experiences determined. We often say, “God has a plan for your life.” Well, no kidding! From conception on!

When we are born again, we too have all the presets that being a Son or Daughter of God gives us. We are heirs of God and co-heirs with Jesus Christ. The rest of our time in this dimension is spent “unfolding” what is implanted through His Spirit and the incorruptible seed. (1 Peter 1:23; 1 John 3:9)

So as we begin to embrace the dimensions of “unfolding” and being “stretched out” may our 2018 be a continual feast of becoming in Him. May our days be spent in continual openness allowing Him to “unfold” Himself through His Word and through us as well.

Just a light little Word for today. Thanks for reading!

He is Comfortable With​ You

“And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manager.” Luke 2:16

The Shepherds that come to adore our Lord Jesus were men that smelled like their sheep. Afterall, that is where they spent their time. It is simply true, shepherds smell like sheep.

I know there are a lot of reasons the Lord was born in that stable and among the animals, but one of the reasons had to do with the Shepherds. You see, they were not out of place when they found the babe. They smelt like everyone else in that stable – like the animals. They were not uncomfortable at all.

I find it wonderful that our Lord was made so much like us – in every way, the Scriptures say. So when the first verbal announcement of His birth came to the Shepherds, their encounter with Him would be comfortable for them. Out of that encounter, they then shared about Him to everyone they met.

The Scripture says, “And When they had seen. it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.” Luke 2:17-18

If we read the account of the Magi in Matthew 2, we find another interesting item. These wise men from the east were nowhere near the stable! In fact, they found the “child” with his mother in a house. Even though they had seen His star in the east, they did not follow that star. Instead, they headed to the Capitol of the country where a King should be living. They found instead a “king” greatly disturbed that another one had been born. They were sent on a journey to find Him in Bethlehem. They did so, but as they left Jerusalem, the text says, they saw the star once again and it led them to the house where He was.

So they went into the house and worshipped Him and presented Him with their gifts. They, too, were comfortable in His presence. Now He did not smell like sheep or animals but like a young child. For they found Him in a house – later.

When Jesus encounters us, He will be very comfortable with us. And in His precious way, He makes us comfortable with Him, when we get over our fright! I think this is wonderful. Jesus is comfortable with me – being in my being and thinking with my mind and heart. Your’s too! This is very sweet to me. That my Jesus, the Lord of all, is comfortable with me. That makes Christmas – Christmas.

Find a comfortable spot and let Him reveal Himself in You. Christmas will never be the same.

He Is Before All!

open-hand-on-white-background_1232-761“And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” Colossians 1:17 KJV

The word in Greek that is rendered “before” in this verse is a written in English as  “pro.” It means “(a) of place: before, in front of, (b) of time: before, earlier than.” As you can see, “before” is a very accurate way to translate the word. Its implications are astounding. Our Lord Jesus is before – whatever you might want to name. He holds the supreme place of being “before.”

As we mature in Christ Jesus and move from the elementary “awe” into a more comfortable acquaintance in His person, “before” needs to take a primary role. Whatever it is that is causing us comfort or discomfort, He is “before” that. He is just “before,” and that is a placement none other can have. We are very prone to having loves that are “before,” whether it be something or someone.

All of those must leave that place of “before.” We must purposely allow only our Lord Jesus to be “before.” When anything or anyone is “before” Him, then the removal process must take a high priority. Sometimes it is our love, concern, or emotional bondage to another person that keeps us from allowing Him (including His Word and Will) to be the supreme “before” in our moments, days, and years.

Whatever or whoever it might be, we, as born-from-above ones, have a priority to establish and maintain – Jesus “pro,” or Jesus “before all things.”

I usually know if I have substituted for Him by placing another or something before Him in my heart and priorities. When I have understood that to the be case, I begin to make massive changes in my personal priorities and thoughts. It usually takes some time, tears, hard emotional choices, and clearly the changing of my mind in these matters. That will change the heart and empower the change in focus.

If that is of help to you, I am grateful. If you need to find your own path in the struggle, then go for it. Many times that is best for it places us on firm footing within our relationship in Jesus!. He is able to empower and move us in an encounter in Him that makes all the difference. He is waiting. Let’s turn into Him and allow this placement of “before” to become a very conscious reality.