CALL TO OBEDIENCE #319
Reimar A.C. Schultze
"The Mystery of Oneness"
by Pastor Reimar A. C. Schultze
It took the Church 300 years to come up with a universally acceptable doctrine of the Trinity. But the evidence of plurality within the oneness of God is strongly suggested in the first chapter of the Bible where God says, “ Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness.”
So then, what does this ‘us’ and ‘our’ mean? It means that if you bear the image of God the Father then you bear the image of God the Son, and if you bear the image of God the Holy Spirit you bear the image of the Father and the Son. The image, the likeness of the one is the same as the likeness of the others. Therefore God, being in three persons, is of one substance, and all three members are equal in glory, majesty, and are co-eternal. Therefore Genesis 6:4 says, “Hear O
First, God created a disposable, throw-away universe (2 Peter 3:10). Then out of Himself He created eternal man to live with Him and be one with Him, having fellowship with the Trinity forever! God said, “Let us make man in our own image.” In other words God made man to be part of Himself. Thus man was created immortal, co-eternal, one with God.
Adam and Eve, being in the likeness of God, walked with God in the Garden. They fellowshipped with Him and they were clothed in light. Their oneness with God and their conjugal oneness with each other were to be extended from generation to generation. “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife and they shall be one flesh” (Gen. 2:24). Hence we can say that oneness is a vital life principle, it is a real entity that was placed in both the physical and the spiritual DNA of bi-partite man (having soul and body). So in its deepest meaning, the scholars tell us, this ‘one flesh’ oneness suggests spiritual oneness, oneness of heart and physical oneness. (Eph. 5:29-32).
Since the beginning our deepest yearning has been to come to physical and spiritual oneness. We are hooked on oneness, addicted to it, amazed at it, fascinated by it. Oneness has a mysterious attraction to us. Oh, how we are drawn to a marching band or marching soldiers. We run out of our shops and homes, open our windows, stop our cars and behold this spectacle of one-accordness with pleasure. We see a flock of geese flying in tight formation and all eyes are heaven-ward. We see the Blue Angels (a special arrangement of fighter jets) performing as one, doing stunning maneuvers, and we are thrilled. Man is created of oneness but through sin, man has been alienated from God, and the only way he can come back to God and this lost oneness is through Jesus Christ.
In the meantime man, in his lost condition, tries to satisfy his yearning for oneness through temporary and fleeting events. Someone rightly said that man is restless until he finds his rest in God. Perhaps better yet, man will not be totally satisfied until he is one with his Maker.
In this vein, Solomon, in a contemplative moment, came up with a proverb about the most wonderful things in the world. He lists the three top contenders, then, in an explosion of insight he added another wonder that is even more wonderful than he could fathom. Read very carefully, “There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not: The way of an eagle in the air, the way of a serpent upon a rock, the way of a ship in the midst of the sea, and the way of a man with a maid” (Prov. 30:18,19).
Are you getting it? ‘The way of a man with a maid!’ Does this remind you of Genesis 2:24, of this ‘one flesh’ thing? Man is not only designed to be one with God, but also to be one with his spouse in the oneness of God. What youth does not dream of such oneness with a woman or man? Oh, how such dreams intensify in the later years of adolescence, and we never really lose it. This is a greater yearning in all mortals than to be an engineer, a computer programmer, or a millionaire. “Give me a little old cottage in some remote place, give me a lover with whom I am wholly one and I shall be satisfied.” Have you ever felt that way? But alas, our hunger for oneness is never satisfied as long as it is only for a horizontal oneness a man with a woman it must also be vertical and immersed in God.
To get this ’one flesh’ experience, we need to get back to Paradise, the new one that God created for us which is the
If you read between the lines you may hear God saying with a heavy heart, “All these laws are only necessary because you have lost your oneness with Me and you have lost your first love. The laws are necessary because of the transgressions, but I would rather have you go back to how it was in the
Husband, you want a chain saw to cut your firewood. Wife, you want a dishwasher. There’s only enough money for one of the two. If you, husband and wife, live outside the Paradise of the
Again, do you have a Kingdom relationship with God, or do you have a jungle relationship with Him which consists of ‘give me, give me, give me?’ Oh, that you may become one with Him! If not, you are not Bride material. May you become one with your spouse. May you come to the holy oneness that Adam and Eve experienced in that first Garden. God is one; man was born out of Oneness with Him. That is why, thousands of years after the Creation, we still marvel over, ‘the way of a man with a maid.’ This is a type of Christ and the church which when realized will satisfy the prayer of Jesus: “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” (John 17:21). The Lord our God is one Lord. We were created out of oneness to be one with Him. Let us return to this oneness for without it we shall be banished from His presence forever.