I have been having some conversations with my BIble study group about union with God. The possibility is spoken of by Jesus in His prayer recorded in John 17. The more I contemplate this subject, is the more insight and revelation I receive in my soul.
The enemy to union is separation. This wall we have erected between us and God is a perceived reality that is not real. There is no separation between the believer and God, but if we think and believe there is, then that becomes our reality. The downside to this perception or perceived wall of separation is our inability to manifest God on the earth; our inability to be effective stewards over the Father’s estate.
Let’s consider faith and the purpose of faith in the life of the believer. Is it just believing that God will do what we ask, think or imagine, or does faith serve a much greater and divine purpose? I am leaning towards the latter. Faith is the technology we use to remove the projected wall of separation, so we can begin to comprehend, if possible, our oneness with God. Thus, partaking in the divine nature of God is only possible when we understand our union with the divine.
Why are we not seeing “more” manifested in the life the believer? You cannot give what you do not have. As long as we think God has it and we don’t, it becomes a challenge to manifest anything. Do you understand what it means to be co-heirs and joint-heirs with Jesus? It means, what He has, we also have.
As long as the wall of separation remains, we will be limited in how much of God we can manifest on the earth. Only in union can there be a full manifestation of the sons of God; only in union can we do what God does; only in union can we say what God says. We are only able to give to the world what we have. This is what the disciples said:
But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” (Acts 3:6 – NLT). They had the capacity to make the lame walk. Do you have it?
So I was having this internal dialogue with God, when I asked, “If union was present in man’s original estate before the fall, why did God have to come down in the cool of the evening to communue with man?” Of course, this is what I was taught growing up in church.
I heard the Spirit of the Lord ask, “Who said God had to come down before the fall?”
As I revisited scripture, I realize that verse came after the fall because man was now out of alignment; he was not where he was supposed to be, so God came down asking, “Where are you?” Man was actually made to go “up.” God had to come down because of the fall. Now that we are redeemed, we need to learn how to start going up again. “Man, where are you? You were supposed to come up, but I didn’t see you, so I had to come down looking for you. Where you at, Man?”
If God is asking you that question right now, what is your response? The only true location for a child of God is “in Christ, in God, in His Name.” Know your position and manifest God in a world that desperately needs Him.