The Word of God really doesn’t mince words when it comes to our identity. The knowledge of who we are in God is beyond articulation…we are literally afraid to say it because it sounds bad, so we try to develop a “safe” language where we are able to digress certain knowledge and process it without feeling like we are overstepping our bounds.
What I will say is that who we are was always God’s idea, not ours. If He is comfortable thinking of us in a certain light, then we must, at the very least, try to develop a language and an understanding of such a reality, if we are ever going to accomplish the mandate given to man in the beginning of time.
Take this short journey with me…
Jesus is made heir of “all things.” It was through Jesus that the world was made.
Some translations use “ages” in place of “worlds.” Ages speak to what has passed, what age we are now in and the ages to come…so the past, present and future are all reconciled in the person of Jesus Christ.
Jesus… is the radiance of God’s glory; the exact representation of God’s nature; upholds all things by the Word of His power.
Jesus is…. much better than the angels by virtue of His inheritance as the Son of God.
I like to connect the first Adam before the fall to the Second Adam who knew no sin, though experienced the same temptations we do. I like to see both as the full embodiment of what a human being was made to be, and function. I draw from that as the standard to which we should aim for, and pursue relentlessly. Man cannot be known as man is now, and to embrace this as our true selves would be a great travesty in the broader consideration of what was in the mind of God when He said, “Let Us make man.”
The Bible did say: By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. (1 John 4:17 – ESV).
It is hard to fathom the “oneness reality” with such imperfect beings as us and Christ, but that was God’s idea too, not ours. We struggle with the idea because we think to entertain such things is pulling God down to our level, and maybe He did come down to our level and allow Himself to walk the path of a fallen human in the name of redemption, but why? If the value of something is measured by what one is willing to pay for it, then a human life is worth the sacrifice of divinity, which can only suggest that God knows something about us that we don’t yet know.
This conversation will continue…but do share your thoughts.
And just in case there is a temptation to cross over into arrogance thinking oneness with God is parallel to equality, I will remind you of what the mystics say: “He is our essence, but we are not His.”