For if we don’t know that God’s plan was to place us inside the Eternal Fellowship between the Father, Son and Spirit, we must invent something else. This is the impetus of all man-made religion.
Our need for intimacy and connection is hard-wired into our DNA. There has never been a time where God has been alone, and we’re not designed to ever be alone either. We were designed for relationship.
Finding the Main Thing…
In part one, I talked about how critically important it is to understand the relational nature of God. It affects everything. How you see yourself and others.
For we’re not defined by what we do but by who are are, and we find who we are when we find our place in Him.
As I write this, I’m wondering if I will be successful in coaxing you off of the shoreline of your perceived separation from this Fellowship. That perhaps you would take off your shoes and just dip your toe into this vast Ocean of Love waiting for you.
Because, if you’re waiting for “heaven” when you die, you still haven’t found it. You’re still on the shoreline of religion.
You still think there’s something more important than accepting the invitation to this Divine Togetherness. Something that will make you feel more alive than this.
You’re still dry and fully clothed, standing next to this Ocean. Like the “elder brother” (Luke 15:31), not knowing what and Who you already have in Him.
Until we understand this, we still have not availed ourselves to what was purchased for us. We will still live like an homeless orphan even though we’ve been brought into the most Royal of all royal mansions.
Beloved, Jesus’ desire was not so much that we would do great things for Him as much as our entering into this relationship for which we’ve been created. Look at the language here… (bold-text added)…
“that they all may be one,
as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You;
that they also may be one in Us…
24 “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me
may be with Me where I am…” (John 17:21, 24)
Everything else flows out from here. Yes, greatness is found here. But more than that, the echoing of the deepest longings of our heart resonate here.
All is hidden for us in this place.
This is the why to what Jesus has done for us. Forgiveness, healing and finding wholeness for your soul are all important, but only in an ancillary sense. For they can never be more than a means to this end.
This is Jesus’ Christianity–the very center of ontology–touching the very heartbeat of heaven. To abide in the Father’s love as Jesus abides in the Father’s love. I talked about this in “Obeying Jesus’ Commandments.”
The Divine Tuning Fork
Last time I said that we understand the Godhead to be the Father, Son and Spirit existing in mutual union without loss of distinction. Kruger goes on to say in the video clip I’ve included here….
“Jesus and the Father are One, but Jesus doesn’t cease to be Jesus, the Holy Spirit and Jesus are One but the Holy Spirit doesn’t cease to be the Holy Spirit. This relationship is so beautiful that we betray the togetherness here if we don’t use the word, “One.” This is what the early church fathers came to see…”
So think about this in terms of all our relationships.
But when they finally stumble into it, the tuning fork goes off. For everyone resonates to this.
They know instinctively that this is what they’ve been looking for.
After all, isn’t this what we’re all really after? In our marriages? In our relationships?
“We want to be one but not get lost in the process.”
And I would add, not knowing this is the source of all conflict in relationships. We want the other person to be “us.” And we will judge them if they’re not like us. We will respond out of fear instead of love. For fear must control to feel safe.
But love is only found in freedom. And it only works between free people–who can be united as one without being lost in the process.
Beloved, this union is our calling. Do you see it?
There isn’t anything more important than this. It’s the very center of all theology.
Jesus is saying here (John 17:21-26) that we would be one with Him so that we would see Him as He really is in this relationship with the Father, and then we will finally see who we really are in Him. It’s that important.
To quote C. Baxter Kruger one more time from this video clip…
“It’s not like the relationship Jesus has with the Father, it’s actually the same life.”
Here’s the second part of the C, Baxter Kruger clip that will help us understand this wonderful truth.