22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be ONE, even as we are ONE. 23 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… 17 “But he that is joined unto the Lord is ONE spirit [with Him].” John 17:22-23; 1Cor 6:17
We have to stop thinking of ourselves as someone who is separate, independent, and apart from God. When we became born-again, we were wholly SUBSUMED by God — spirit, soul, and body. To be “subsumed” is to be consumed without being destroyed. It means that we were wholly incorporated and integrated into HIS life and being, such that we now are only-but-completely a part of Him. Our self awareness remains intact, but because God has consumed us wholly, our identity has actually changed. Our self concept must now change right along with it. We are now all identified by and with our head, Jesus Christ. As it says, “Christ is all, and in all” (Col 3:11).
Our bodies now also await the blessing of this perfect union, which Paul refers to as, “The adoption, that is, the redemption of our bodies” (Romans 8:23). Our minds, which are one facet of our souls, is in the process of being renewed, so that it does not think or imagine anything out of line with the truth of our new and reordered existence with God. But to this renewal, we must daily apply ourselves. As it says,
And be not conformed to this world: 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 12:2
You see, it is all too easy to think the old way, to believe our lying eyes, and fail to grasp the truth. The word teaches that God actually does robe or clothe himself with us. Even in the Old Testament it says, “And the Spirit of the LORD clothed himself in Gideon…” “And the Spirit of the LORD clothed himself in Zechariah” (Judges 6:34; 2Chron 24:20, Jubilee Bible 2000).
God is the person behind our countenance. God is the identity behind our eyes now. God is the one the world is dealing with now, when they come into contact with us. We really and truly are members of His body — “of his flesh, and of his bones” (Eph 5:30). That’s no simile, metaphor, hyperbole, or exaggeration. We are ONE with our God. There is no chasm, schism, distance, nor gulf between us and our God anymore. So, let your mind be renewed and enjoy the oneness. There’s much more restfulness, peace, and power working IN God and FROM God than trying to work TO him or even just FOR Him. Think about that. Selah.