One spirit with Christ is the dynamic that enables the transforming resurrection power of God. Our free will determines how much or how little we experience.
But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. (1 Corinthians 6:17)
As I meditated on this verse early this morning, the Spirit explained it using the image of a ball puzzle – one inside another, inside another. Of course, for believers, the principle of one spirit isn’t a game. But the illustration powerfully portrays the unity that is achieved with us in Christ and Christ in us. We are in Christ but He is also in us. We can see that it’s both an inward unity and an outward unity. It works from the inside out and the outside in. We are essentially ‘surrounded’ by Jesus, leaving no space for separation. One spirit with Him means far more than a warm and fuzzy notion that He’s always with us. It’s a dynamic spiritual ‘fusion’ that has a far greater relevance than many believers realise. To miss this is to miss out on the fullness of life in Christ.
The inseparable dynamic of one spirit
The intimate and indissoluble unity of one spirit with Christ encapsulated in the principle of ‘in.’ It’s not something that occurs outside, as in two separate things joined externally like we’d join two blocks with glue. This is unity in the Spirit which isn’t limited by physical or temporal constraints. It exists above the world and outside of circumstance and time. The Holy Spirit works to ‘fuse’ our spirits with Christ’s spirit so that spiritually, we operate as one. It’s intended to be complete, for this is how we are transformed into His image and manifest Him to the world. We cannot see where the ‘joins’ are. It’s not evident where one starts and the other ends. To all intents and purposes, we are ‘the same thing.’ We are made one spirit with an indissoluble bond.
It’s critical that we do not misunderstand this. The principle can never be interpreted that we ‘become Jesus.’ The ‘me’ in this unity isn’t the key factor. Rather, Christ has the power. One spirit with Him requires that HE be in us, and the we are in HIM. We cannot make it happen, nor are we able to maintain it. That is the power of Christ through the workings of the Spirit. Our only ‘contribution’ is the willingness to enter into that type of intimacy. If we choose and put Jesus at the centre, the Spirit will do the rest. We are participants but not the power in the dynamic. It’s an incredible privilege that the Son of God has freely given to those who are willing to share this intimacy – that, essentially of Christ with His bride. We learn to live our eternity through spiritual growth here on earth.
One spirit and us in Christ.
This is the protective aspect of one spirit with Him. Us in Christ is essentially a separation from things that are not of Christ. It is the empowerment of being set apart for God. This is the spiritual principle of protection – our strong tower, our fortress, our place of refuge. He is our robe of righteousness and His blood is our shield and defence. His sacrifice – through our repentance and confession – becomes the power of forgiveness that cuts away the legal ground the enemy may have against us. Us in Christ is the power of the truth that no one can snatch us from His hand. He is our defence against deception and He guards our hearts. Jesus is the girdle of truth we put on to stand in faith. He is the truth that sets us free from the lies and control of the world.
Obviously, our participation requires the willingness to yield. If we hold back anything, there are parts of us that will remain outside the protection of us in Christ. When we persist in keeping one foot in the world, there are gaps in the spiritual ‘armour’ that will remain and hinder the completeness of one spirit with Him. We have a lot to say about ‘free will’ and there is no doubt that God has given this to us. As such, He will never snatch it back. But He desires that we use it wisely. If there are still places in our lives where we don’t enjoy the full protection of one spirit, it’s because we’re holding back. Not all of us in in Christ. God won’t override our free will, and we cannot make Him responsible for our lack if we choose not to surrender certain areas.
One spirit and Christ in us.
This is the dynamic of transformation, the forging of the ‘new creature,’ the new spiritual man. If we have Jesus in us, we have His resurrection life and power in us. The purpose of this new life is to live as He did so that we can manifest Him, and through this, manifest God. Once again, it’s not something any human being can ever hope to do. Only the Holy Spirit can effect spiritual transformation. Christ in us, obviously, has nothing to do with the flesh. It’s an indwelling directed only at the ‘remaking’ of our spirits. This is both the purpose and the process of one spirit with Him. Outside of Christ, spiritual renewal and restoration to the purposes of God is impossible. Without Jesus, we remain flesh. As the Spirit works to entwine our spirits with that of Christ, we are gradually transformed into His likeness.
One spirit with Him empowers our ability to change, to learn the Word, to know God and His will, to judge things spiritually, and to discern and use our spiritual gifts. Christ in us means that He actually works from within in every situation or circumstance. This empowers our prayers and ignites our thanksgiving, praise, and worship. It enables us to the same degree of intimacy that He had with the Father. Christ in us enables to view things from a spiritual perspective – from His perspective – and respond in the spirit, not in the flesh. Once again, it will only manifest to the degree we choose to surrender. If we only allow Christ into parts of our lives, those that remain flesh cannot be transformed. We define the extent to which we life our resurrection life by what we choose to yield to Jesus.
One spirit is the supernatural power of God.
We miss out if we don’t take hold of the wonderful dynamic of one spirit – Christ in us and us in Christ. All believers long – and especially in a world spiralling towards destruction – to see more of God’s power. I have no doubt that God is waiting and willing to be able to do just that. But He will never trample the spiritual principles He has put in place. The reality is that we limit God by exercising our free will towards protecting the flesh rather than surrendering the flesh. One spirit with Him means just that. It means living so closely with Him that there is no space for ‘me’ in this unity. If we want to see more of God, we need to see less of us. God wants to transform us first. Our free will defines the limit of His power at work in our lives.
Lord, forgive us for those things we hold onto. Show us where we have blamed You for the lack of Your power at work in our lives. Draw us deeper into the intimacy You desire You desire with Your bride so that we may learn to yield. Remind us each time we take back what we have surrendered, and empower us to make the right choice. Today, Lord, bring us to the place where our desire is for You and for the unity of one spirit to which You have called us.