When a person connects with Christ, he/she becomes connected also to the Father. But what does this unity mean? Jesus answers in His prayer, “that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (John 17:21).
By the word “one” Jesus meant that although there would be diversities of gifts (1 Corinthians 12) among the believers, there should be unity of spirit, objective, and belief. There was to be no striving for supremacy (Luke 22:24–30). This very unity springing from the blended lives of Christians would impress the world of the divine origin of the Christian church. “By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another” (John 13:35).
The apostle Paul adds, “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:17). This verse means that he who loves and trusts the Lord seeks to unite himself with Him in every way possible. He actively rejects everything that displeases God and accepts only that which is in harmony with His will.
The union with Christ and the Father lifts the believer to the highest moral and spiritual level. It is intended to be a lasting union in which the mind of Jesus becomes the mind of the believer and thus completely united with the will of God. Jesus resembled this union with a vine and its branches (John 15:1, 4, 5). The believer unites himself to Christ by thinking Christ’s thoughts and doing the things that Christ did on earth.
This joining to the Lord is another way of defining righteousness by faith. It resembles the transformation that takes place when the sinner focuses his eyes on Christ and by faith claims God’s promises “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people… For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more” (Jeremiah 31:33, 34).
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