THE ONE LIFE
There is really only One Eternal Person in the universe—that is God Himself. It is by faith in Christ alone as it encompasses the Cross-work of the Lord Jesus Christ the we are one with this One God who is the One “Life.”
Yet of course we know from Scripture that the Triune “Godhead” includes the three persons of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (For more detail see: http://www.artlicursi.com/articles/part-1-%E2%80%93-triune-god-explained)
His entire creation, especially of man, is the means of His manifesting Himself. He created human beings, as persons in His “image,” with the same faculties as He has – mind, emotion, and will and “the spirit of man.” We are made to contain and manifest Him in the universe as ‘The Person.’
Only humans, as free willing persons, were created to become “one spirit” with the Godhead by receiving Christ.
12 But as many as Received Him [Jesus], to them gave he power to Become The Sons Of God, even to Them That Believe on his name [Jesus means Savior]: John 1:12 (KJV)
17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit [with Christ]. 1 Corinthians 6:17 (KJV)
Like unto God, humans were created as persons, being self-conscious and free as He is.
But Adam, and all mankind by him, chose to refuse to “retain God in [His] knowledge” (cf. Rom. 1:28-32). Thereby mankind became fallen as corrupted vessels who now express Satan’s ‘Sin-spirit’ of self-love’ in contrast with the Divine “Spirit of God,” the Loving, Self-GIVING One.
But I want to stress most plainly that the complementary fact to God being the only Real, thus Eternal, Person is that … we humans were basically Living Vessels, or Containers created to Partake Of and bear His almighty, loving, free-willing, righteous eternal life.
What’s more, by believing we came into union with Christ by faith, we have ‘Risen with Him.’ We now possess His Resurrection Life as our ONLY REAL LIFE (meaning, the Eternal Resurrection Life of Christ as “spirit of life”).
31 And they [Paul and company] said, BELIEVE on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house [the same offer is unto thy household]. Acts 16:31 (KJV)
4 Therefore we [as to our Old Man] are Buried With Him By Baptism [being engrossed] Into Death: that like as Christ was RAISED up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should Walk in Newness of Life. Rom 6:4
Notice above the record of our Old’ Man’s death and burial With Christ and our Resurrection to Newness of Life “in Christ.” This then leads us to an important truth – that we now really only have THE ONE LIFE... which is “Christ who is our life” (Col. 3:4).
20 I [as a soul-self] am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live [as His vessel]; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 (KJV)
We can lay out this truth mathematically by simple addition, subtraction, and addition in order to see how it is that we as believers in Christ now have only His ‘One Life’ as our only real (eternal) Life. One point before we see the math; God considers that only that which is ‘Eternal’ Is ‘Real.’ His Life is the only Real, Eternal Or “Everlasting Life.”
- We believers formerly had the one life of our “Old Man” +1
- Now Subtract our “Old Man” who “IS crucified” with Him -1
- Now ADD “Christ who IS our Life” +1
Now we can total these to see that we have only ‘One Life’… 1 … The Life of Christ!
Thereby, The One LIFE of Christ is our ALL!
11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us Eternal Life, and This Life Is In His Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath NOT life. 1 John 5:11-12 (KJV)
The word “life” in most cases as Jesus and Paul used the word life as seen in the “word of God” is the Greek ‘zoe,’ meaning, ‘the life of God which is in Christ now as “the Spirit of life.” This “zoe” life is to be seen in contrast with the Greek ‘bios,’ which is the biological or physical life, and in contrast with the Greek ‘psuche,’ which is the psychological soul-life of man.
Thus, having died “with Him” and risen “with Him” … we have Christ’s Eternal Resurrection LIFE now IN us… as our ONLY Real, Eternal, Legitimate, Life … to lead our soul in its thinking, and then in all our day-to-day doings.
Thus, we’ve been returned to being ‘living vessels’ washed in His blood… to bear His life as much as Paul was a “chosen vessel” (Acts 9:15) unto Christ.
We now bear His life so as to express His Life and His divine Nature as the ‘glory’ or expression of His life.
Now What Remains for Us Is to… Renew Our Soul-Minds to The Truth.
You see when we first believed we immediately received Christ “Spirit of Life” into our “spirit of man” – we were thereby regenerated in our innermost being by His Spirit becoming “one spirit” with us.
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the Washing of Regeneration, and Renewing of The Holy Ghost; Titus 3:5 (KJV)
Yet, our soul’s mind, with its dangerously unreliable ‘emotions’ thereby deceiving our ‘will,’ was Left Untouched. Therefore, we are called to “Study” the “word of truth” and Become Renewed To The TRUTH in our Soul’s Mind. Our mind leads our self-soul and thereby… leads us in what we do or what we do not do.
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, [by] rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
5 Let this mind [Gk. phroneo, mindset] be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Philippians 2:5 (KJV)
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world [Gk. aion, age]: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:1-2 (KJV)