For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24)
This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. (Ephesians 5:32)
Jesus came to bring us back into relationship with the Father. The goal is to restore our identity as His children and the perspective of who He is, our Father.
The agent through which this is accomplished is the Holy Spirit. He enjoins us in a beautiful, and sometimes painful, process of becoming one with the Son.
It is in our oneness with Christ where we discover identity – ours and the Father’s. Apart from an increasingly intimate relationship with Jesus, our view of ourselves and the Lord cannot be accurate.
Oneness is a mystery. Two becoming one. How is it possible? Can two who choose to become husband and wife truly become one?
When I married my wife Dawn, I did not become her nor did she become me. We were two distinct people with individual personalities, opinions and perspectives. Yet, the goal of our relationship is oneness.
What God desires for Dawn and I is that we partake of one another’s nature. What she values, I begin to value. What I see, she begins to see. We feel what the other feels, knows what the other knows. We share all.
As that exchange develops, we change. Who I am, becomes who she is. Who she is, becomes who I am. Our ongoing connection and intimacy does not create two different beings as much as it creates ONE NEW being.
Again, she’s not me and I’m not her. But now, more than ever, when you hear Dawn speak, you hear me. When I act, it’s in agreement with Dawn. Two people, one life.
Earthly marriage is but a picture of the spiritual reality of Christ and His church. He desires oneness. An exchange of His life for mine. He took on my humanity so that I could take on His divinity.
It is completely biblical to become one with the Lord Jesus. In fact, it is the only way to truly relate to your Father.
The Holy Spirit is our helper in this journey toward oneness. His Spirit, in us and on us, is the divine nature. Our awareness and submission to His work of love cause oneness with Jesus, our bridegroom – He who is one with His Father.
As we take on His character and heart, the Holy Spirit responds to it, enacting and confirming it in our lives. This is what the earth groans for in Romans 8 – the manifestation of the sons of God.
Whatever you are striving for in life, whatever goals you’ve set, wherever your energy is spent, let it all find its proper place in the supreme goal of this life – oneness with the Lord.
It’s the great Why? of your existence.