De Basisprincipes van onze Eenheid met Christus (1)

Ddoor Roel Velema

Basisprincipe 1: Een christen leeft in een twee-eenheid met Christus

De eenheid van de gelovige met Christus door de Heilige Geest wordt beschreven in 1 Corinthiërs 6:17: “Wie zich echter met de Heere verenigt, is één geest (met Hem)” (HSV).

Wanneer we zijn wedergeboren zijn, worden we één geest met Gods Geest en worden we deelgenoten aan de goddelijke natuur. Het woord ‘verenigt’ in 1 Corinthiërs 6:17 is een vertaling van een Grieks werkwoord dat verwant is aan het woord kolla dat ‘lijm’ betekent. Gods Geest en mijn geest zijn als ‘gelijmd’, als twee vellen papier. Wij zijn één, maar te onderscheiden. We leven in eenheid in geest. Eén geest zijn, impliceert Gods Geest ALS mijn geest. Christus is het licht van de wereld en daarom zijn wij ook het licht van de wereld (Joh. 8:12, Matt. 5:14), omdat wij als één geest zijn.

Christus leefde in eenheid met zijn Vader. Hij was niet de Vader, maar toch was Hij één met de Vader. De Vader had Hem gezonden (Joh. 14:24), dus onderscheidde Hij zich van de Vader. Toch zei Jezus: “Ik en de Vader zijn één” (Joh. 10:30), en “Wie Mij gezien heeft, heeft de Vader gezien” (Joh. 14:9). Christus drukte daarom de essentie van de Vader uit in een twee-eenheid, maar NOOIT als een onafhankelijk zelf:

Voorwaar, voorwaar, Ik zeg u: De Zoon kan NIETS van Zichzelf doen, als Hij dat niet de Vader ziet doen, want al wat Deze doet, dat doet ook de Zoon op dezelfde wijze” (Joh. 5:19), en dat “… ik vanuit Mijzelf NIETS doe, maar dat Ik die dingen spreek zoals Mijn Vader Mij heeft onderwezen” (Joh. 8:28).Wat waar is voor de Vader en Christus, is ook waar voor Christus en mij:
En Ik bid niet alleen voor dezen, maar ook voor hen die door hun woord in Mij zullen geloven, opdat zij allen één zullen zijn, ZOALS U, Vader, in Mij, en Ik in U, dat OOK ZIJ in Ons één zullen zijn, opdat de wereld zal geloven dat U Mij gezonden hebt” (Joh. 17:20,21).

Door de dood en opstanding van Jezus Christus zijn gelovigen één (geest) geworden, zoals ook de Vader en Christus één zijn. Dit is geen hoog doel dat we willen bereiken, maar het is Gods standaard, ons uitgangspunt. Geloof je dat? Gelooft je dat wie jou heeft gezien, Christus heeft gezien? Gelooft je dat jouw geest en Gods Geest “één geest” zijn?

In de opstanding word ik opgewekt in “vereniging” met Christus. De TWEE van ons, Christus en ik, zijn ÉÉN geest. De ene geest slokt de andere niet op. Ik sta op de voorgrond en Christus is het leven dat Hij in mij leeft, ALS mij. Christus was niet de Vader, maar Hij drukte de Vader uit ALS Christus. Christus leeft in mij en ik druk Christus uit ALS mij. Christus en ik leven als één. Twee ALS één is de sleutel tot onze vereniging. Het is niet alleen Christus in mij, maar Christus ALS mij. Gods Geest ALS mijn geest impliceert Christus ALS mij.

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The Basics of Our Union with Christ (1)

by Roel Velema

Basic 1: A Christian lives in two-oneness with Christ

The union of the believer with Christ through the Holy Spirit is described in 1 Corinthians 6:17: “And he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit” (Young’s Literal Translation).

When we are born again, we become one spirit with God’s Spirit, and we become partakers of the divine nature. The word ‘joined” in 1 Corinthians 6:17 is a translation of a Greek verb which is related to the word kolla which means ‘glue’. So God’s Spirit and my spirit are ‘glued’ like two sheets of paper. We are one, yet to be distinguished. We live in two-oneness. To be one spirit implies God’s Spirit AS my spirit. Christ is the light of the world and so are we the light of the world (John 8:12; Matt. 5:14), because we as one spirit.

Christ lived in two-oneness with His Father. He was not the Father, yet He was one with the Father. The Father sent Him (John 14:24), so He distinguished Himself from the Father. Yet Jesus said: “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30), and “Whoever has seen me, has seen the Father” (John 14:9). So Christ expressed the essence of the Father, in two-oneness, but NEVER as an independent self:

Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do NOTHING of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise” (John 5:19), and that “… I do NOTHING on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me” (John 8:28).

What is true of the Father and Christ, is also true of Christ and me:

I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, JUST AS YOU, Father, are in me, and I in you, that THEY ALSO may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (John 17:20,21).

It was through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ that believers became one, just as the Father and Christ are one. This is not a high aim to be aspired, but it’s God’s standard, our point of departure. Do you believe that? Do you believe that who has seen you, has seen Christ? Do you believe that your spirit and God’s spirit are “one spirit”?

In resurrection I am raised in “union” with Christ. The TWO of us, Christ and me, are ONE spirit. One does not swallow up the other. I am in the foreground, and Christ is the life that lives in me, AS me. Christ wasn’t the Father, but He expressed the essence of the Father AS Christ. Christ lives in me, and I express Christ AS me. Christ and I live as one. Two AS one is the key to union, not merely Christ in me, but Christ AS me. God’s Spirit AS my spirit implies Christ AS me.

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The Gift of the Holy Spirit

by Roel Velema

And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to Himself’” (Acts 2:38,39).

You might wonder; what do these words of Peter mean? And what is the gift of the Holy Spirit? Should we all be baptized before we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit? In answering these questions, we have to keep in mind that there are TWO ministries or aspects of the Spirit relative to Christians.

The inward aspect of the Spirit

The first aspect, which is INWARD, is the Spirit we receive when we are born again. This birth from above originated in John 20:22: “… He (Jesus) BREATHED on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’”. This is similar to the LORD God forming man of dust from the ground in Genesis 2:7: “Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and BREATHED into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” The Greek verb in John 20:22 for ‘breathed’ (Greek: emphusaoo) is unique and used only once in the New Testament. The Old Testament equivalent can, however, be found in Genesis 2:7 and Ezekiel 37 (where new life is breathed into dry bones).

There can be no doubt that Genesis 2:7 speaks about the natural life of man, while John 20:22 points to the new life of man, a spirit-filled life that we experience when we are born again through faith in Christ.

The outward aspect of the Spirit

The second aspect, which is OUTWARD, is not the ministry of the Spirit within, but “… the promise of my Father UPON you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49; cp. Acts 1:4). This promise of the Spirit became effective at Pentecost, also to those who were born again from John 20:22 on. This ministry is related to power and the spread of the gospel (Acts 1:8).

Water baptism

A person who is baptized in water, testifies about the new birth, the move from death to life in Christ. So it is obvious that in Acts 2:38, following the water baptism, the Spirit UPON is in view. Luke says that the believer will receive the PROMISE of the Spirit. Paul deals with this in Ephesians 1:13: “In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with THE PROMISED HOLY SPIRIT.” We are in Him (1 Cor. 1:30), and in Him we have received both aspects of the Holy Spirit. In Him we have received ALL spiritual blessings (Eph. 1:3; Col. 2:9,10).

Of course, the question arises whether we have received the gift of the Spirit when we have not (yet) been baptized in water, though born from above and being in in Christ. Well, Jesus said of the Spirit: “The wind blows where it wishes” (John 3:8). The Wind of the Spirit blows wherever He wants. For example, the great revivalist Charles Finney received a mighty baptism of the Spirit UPON him, while he didn’t know there was a Spirit at all. But to Luke it was beyond dispute that every believer should be baptized soon after conversion and not to be postponed. God does something for us in baptism, we do nothing for Him. Our acceptance of baptism is only acceptance of God’s gift.

The gift of the Spirit Himself

The expression “the gift of the Holy Spirit” has been constructed with a genitive which points to the Holy Spirit HIMSELF. The gift is bestowed upon each and every repentant and baptized person and cannot, therefore, refer only to charismatic gifts of the Spirit, speaking with tongues, healing, etc. We do not read that any of the 3,000 spoke in tongues, yet all received the gift of the Spirit. There is no doubt that many at Pentecost received both aspects of the Spirit at once when they came to Christ.

The basis upon which the Spirit has been given

The birth from above has been given on basis of the resurrection of Christ, while the baptism of the Holy Spirit has been given on basis of the ascension of Christ. Both had their unique historical start at the resurrection day and at Pentecost.

What about you?

Acts 2:38,39 has been promised to “everyone whom the Lord our God calls to Himself”. This includes you and me. Have you already applied these verses to your life? Have you surrendered to Christ? Have you repented and been baptized in water, following your new birth?