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The Definition of One
Have you ever looked up the definition of "one." It's actually very interesting:
"One: Existing, acting, or considered a single unit or entity."
Why is this so interesting to me? Because of how Jesus used this word in the gospel of John.
"That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me." (John 17:21-23 - KJV)
Based on the definition of "one" and what Jesus said using the word "one" five times in three verse, I have a question. My question is this, "How can 'one' be separate?"
If we are "one" with God as Jesus explained then we have the ability to operate in the power of God. Yet so often we separate our lives and the power of God. This is why many people are trying to get God to move or do something on their behalf when He already did it.
While Jesus was on the cross He made the statement, "It is finished." This is a powerful statement because everything that needed to be done so that we could be one with God was accomplished.
Many Christians quote the scripture that "greater is He that is in me then He that is in the world" but then fail to live that way.
What happens is that we create "events" instead of "lifestyle" in our Christianity. What I mean by that is the Word of God is an event. We set time aside (event) to read our Bibles. God is an event. We set a particular time aside to pray or go to Church and worship the Lord.
When we create events for our Christianity then everything we believe is separate from who we are, but according to Jesus we should be "one" with God.
Jesus understood who He was. He had every expectation that every need He encountered would be taken care of. If we are "one" the same way He is one, why do we operate separately?
I believe that God has created each of us to live in complete victory, but if we are to obtain the fullness of what God has prepared for us we have to change how we operate. With the Spirit of God in us we have the greatest power in the universe. Let's not wait for God to do for us what He has already done, but instead let's learn how to live in the power of Christ.