UNITED INTO ONE BODY AND ONE SPIRIT
We have been united into one body, by the agency or operation of the same Spirit - the Holy Spirit. In Christ, we all experience a spiritual baptism that takes us into oneness with Christ Himself. We have become so intimately identified with Him that God sees us as the result and trophy of Christ's victory over death and accepts us as His righteousness in Christ.
Reference: 1 Corinthians 12:13 English Standard Version (ESV)
'For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body - Jews or Greeks, slaves or free - and all were made to drink of one Spirit.'
Apostle Paul made it clear that we have all been made to drink into one Spirit, as Christians. That means, we've been made partakers of one Spirit. So we are in union with the Spirit of God. From the spiritual standpoint, we have been baptized by the Spirit, and we've been made members of one body, of which Christ is the Head.
What does this mean? It means that there is never a single moment that you are separated from God. Even in every trial, challenge, success, and victory you encounter, God is in you and with you. He is for you and available to you all day, every day because of your union or fraternity with the divine. All you need to do is to nurture a conscious awareness that will allow this union to permeate every area of your life. We must learn to condition our minds and live out our lives on earth with this identity - unified with Christ - because indeed, Christ dwells in us (see Colossians 1:27 NLT).
If we're going to be truly positioned at the center of God's will for our lives, we must learn to acknowledge the fact that God is already in us and with us. We must also stay in constant fellowship and communion with Him to be sustained in that realm. God is not a distant God who has to look down from His throne in heaven, while we try to capture His attention from the earth realm or whenever we make time for Him. He's not a God who comes down to meet us only when we come to church, when we worship in a congregation, or when we fellowship with ordained ministers or clergies. If you have been baptised into Christ, God dwells in you now, loves you now, delights in you now, and enjoys fellowship and communion with you now and always.
Take time today to renew your mind to this truth, knowing that you are in inseparable union with God. Spend time with the Holy Spirit on a daily basis so He can reveal to you, the nearness and presence of God in you more and more. Galatians 3:27 (NLT) reads, 'And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes.' You are no longer estimated by whatever you think you are because you are now wearing Christ. That's the idea of being in union with Christ. This is a huge mystery, but it is at the heart of what it means to truly be a Christian.
How did we get into this union? Romans 6:4 (NIV) says, 'We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.' So this union happened by the virtue of new birth. We now 'walk in newness of life' because of the union. Thus, we abide in Christ and His Spirit abides in us because we are born of God.
Scripture Reading - John 15:1-8; 1 Corinthians 6:17; John 17:20-26; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 10:16.
Heavenly Father, I'm glad to know that I'm united with Christ and He dwells in me. My steps in life, my thought pattern, perception and understanding are governed by this truth. Thank you for the union and quality life I have in Christ, which are the exceptional advantage that guarantees my victory, progress and success in this world. I rejoice today, being confident that I live, move and exist in you, in Jesus' Name, Amen!