Adam knew his wife Eve” we read in the Genesis account. In more than one sense this foreshadows the union reality between deity and man. In the case of Adam and Eve male and female became one – two became one. We witness the results of this union all around us. We ourselves are fruits of it. The offspring or the fruit of the union is a blessed mixture of genes passed on from mother and father. In a sense we “know” both of our parents in our existence.
This union of female and male is a shadow of what transpired when the Spirit overshadowed Mary whose fruit was Jesus, the Son of man. The core of the matter is that it is the fruit of the union that is the point. Two becomes one when the child, One, is born. The child is only ONE! Jesus was the first Child, the first of a succession of children who are one. It is in Jesus we first encounter this union of human spirit-self and Divine Person – the child that is One.
It is in this sense Jesus was an example of us. Every new creation is born by the Spirit. On account of this overshadowing human and Deity become one in the child who is you and me. The child is God manifesting Himself in the visible realm. We do not become God, but God becomes us. When we read that God is All in all it connotes that everything in the universe knows God only. In our humanity we know God, and when we knew God we became the child – one. There is only one Person in the universe. That He somehow has “split” Himself in “many parts” – centers of consciousnesses – that are One is beyond our comprehension not least because we are – I am. I “know” that I am – I exist, and God Himself bear witness of my existence.
And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. (John 5:37)
If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. (John 14:7)
He that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? (John 14:9)
I and my Father are one. (John 10:30)
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one. (John 17:22)
It pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me. (Gal 1:15)
The school of the Spirit is a succession of revelations which we either dismiss or embrace by faith. We face temptations and a variety of adversaries which either ground us in who we are or we allow roots of bitterness to veil our true identity. Those of us who despite giants and other obstacles dare crossing the river and increasingly absorb what we are shown will experience that our consciousnesses are progressively transformed into His likeness, that is, we recognize what has always been true about us, until we one day say as Jesus: I and my Father are one. The pinnacle of faith! To be transformed into His likeness simply means that we “wake up to the fact that I AM HE in my human form, which of course is still just the same “me” I always have been, only now we have pushed back the veil and see with clearer eyes.” (Fred Pruitt) The simple fact is that Christ has always been operative in us from the day of our new birth! We do not suddenly enter the union the day we see it. We, however, come to recognize and “know” what has always been true.
“Having thoroughly learned by the Spirit’s hard knocks who we are not, we are held in absolute safety (with lots of instances of “experiencing” God’s upholding us in troubled waters), and live nothing but this Person Who is All in all in the outflow of the Spirit’s always torrential consuming fire of love.” (Fred Pruitt)