4-30-17 Spirit – Oneness – Bearing One Another’s Burdens

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SPIRIT UNITY – ONENESS – CO-INHERANCE – SUBSTITUTION, COMMUNITY

John 17:20-24 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 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. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY THIS HAPPENS – THIS KIND ONENESS –  John 20:19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”

JESUS – SOMETHING ABSOLUTLEY NECESSARY FOR THE ACCOMPLISHMENT WHY HE CAME

HIS CROSS & RESURECTION JUST THE DOOR – THE OPENING INTO GREATER REALITY

CLEARING RUBBLE, SIN BROKENNESS – OPEN THIS DOOR – INTO SPIRIT LIFE

PAUL REALIZED SOMETHING:

Ephesians 4:1-4 I entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing up one another in love, making every effort to watch over and guard the oneness (unity) of the Spirit in the bindings of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling…

THE FATHER ANSWERED JESUS PRAYER – MADE US ONE!  NOW TO SEE IT, WE MUST WALK IN THE REALITY OF THE FACT THAT WE HAVE BEEN JOINED BENEATH THE SURFACE – JOINED AT THE SPIRIT LEVEL, NO LONGER JUST INDIVIDUAL – WE ARE PART OF A ‘ONENESS’

THIS FLIES IN FACE OUR RUGGED AMERICAN INDIVIDUALISM, I AM A ROCK, I AM AN ISLAND, I DID IT MY WAY, I GO IT ALONE, I DON’T NEED ANYONE INDEPENDENTLY WEALTHY, MAKE MY OWN WAY, NOT BEHOLDEN TO ANYONE,

I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.  REALLY? HOW’S THAT WORKING FOR YOU?

THOSE TRY THIS END UP ALONE AND HOLLOW – SELF-MADE MEN END UP WITH JUST THAT – THEMSELVES!  THIS IS WHAT I HAVE CHOSEN?

BIOGRAPHIES SHELVES ARE LITTERED WITH STOROES OF LONELY SELFMADE MEN – AND WE READ HEADLINES of DRUGS THAT KILLED THEM

WE BUILD OUR FORTRESSES, CASTLE – CLIMB INSIDE, WE CLOSE THE DOOR (MAKE THE WORLD GO AWAY!)  LEAVE US ALONE!  GET OUR WISH, LEFT ALONE WITH OURSELVES

VERY OFTEN LEARN WE DON’T LIKE COMPANY WE ARE FORCED TO KEEP – SELF!

JESUS OFFERS US LIFE WE WERE CREATED FOR:  LIFE FULL, RICH, SATISFYING!

GOOD NEWS – NOT ON OUR OWN!  NEVER ALONE!  PLACES US IN A BODY!

guard the oneness of the Spirit in the bindings of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling…

God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, 25 that there should be no division in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. 27 Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.    1 Corinthians 12:24-27

MADE TO LIVE IN COMMUNITY

NOT SAYING COMMUNE – NOT WORK EITHER! COMMUNISM – NEVER WORKS (OUTSIDE GOD)

HOW DOES THIS WORK?  THE SPIRIT INSIDE LIVING LIKE CHRIST WITH EACH OTHER

Galatians 6:1-10 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.

2  Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.  (the new commandment of Christ—the royal law of love: cp. Jas 2:8. 3.

LOOK LIKE JESUS!   JESUS – SUBSTITUTION – THE GREAT EXCHANGE: This is the gospel — the good news that our sins are laid on Christ and his righteousness is laid on us, and that this great exchange becomes ours

Isaiah 53:4-6 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down… he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.  All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all.

HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR OURS THAT WE MAY HAVE HIS LIFE!

AS WE ARE MADE INTO IMAGE OF CHRIST – THIS IS SUCH A FUNDAMENTAL CHARACTER HIS

WE TOO – GIVE OUR  LIVES FOR OTHERS – THAT THEY HAVE IT BETTER!

THIS IS WHAT LOVE IS – John 15:12-13  This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

I GIVE MY LIFE FOR YOURS – MY LIFE IS MY TIME, MY BREATH, MY ENERGY, MY THOUGHTS, MY HEART, MY AFFECTIONS – GIVE THEM OVER FOR YOU

THIS IS MARRIAGE – THIS IS CHURCH – THIS IS NEW COMMUNION – NEW COMMUNITY

 

BEARING OTHER’S BURDENS

Ro 15:1 — We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

1Th 5:14 — Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

Gal 5:14 — For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

THIS IS WHAT THE SPIRIT DOES – “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”

LIFTS BONDAGE OF BROKENNES OFF OTHERS!

 

THIS IS POSSIBLE IN DIVINE LIFE:  The Christian doctrine of “Perichoresis,” or the mutual interrelationships among the three Persons of the Trinity—like an eternal dance. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit love one another and enact that love in such intimate community that humans can only make metaphors and mysteries to try to understand it. Add to this the doctrine of the Incarnation, in which Jesus is simultaneously and fully both God and human. These are both mysteries: How can some One be Three and One? How can one of them be dual-natured? Then add to that the doctrine of salvation: Christ’s risen life is in each person who accepts Him; therefore, we can share in the divine interrelationship of the Trinity and live as members of one another. All Christians, in all places and at all times, are members of the one Body of Christ. Another mystery.

 

ENGLISH WORD – CO-INHERENCE. Put simply, it is the idea that human beings are all dependent upon each other.

First, there is the universal human idea that everyone participates in physical exchange. I am dependent on the farmers who produce my food and the people who make my clothes; everyone is dependent upon everyone else via the division of labor; those who go to war die in the place of those who stay home.

The Way of Exchange or The Doctrine of Substitution.

In Exchange or Substitution,  – people can bear one another’s burdens—quite literally, physically, regardless of the nature of the burden. In chapter V of He Came Down from Heaven, Williams claims that the mockery hurled at Christ on the cross, “He saved others, but he cannot save himself,” was actually the rudimentary expression of a universal principle: nobody can save himself, but we can voluntarily substitute ourselves for others and “carry their burdens” quite literally, even though those burdens may be spiritual, emotional, or medical.

Colossians 1:24-27 I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, 26 the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. 27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

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