The Mystery of Union

This is taken from Dan Stone’s book “The rest of the Gospel when the Partial has worn you out” Beautiful insight.

The Mystery of Union
By: Dan Stone

Paul’s teaching to believers focused on a great mystery. To the church in Colossae he wrote of

“…the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:25-27)

Christ in us. That is our only expectation of experiencing and expressing the glory of God. Elsewhere, Paul expressed the mystery in another way:

“But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” (I Cor. 6:17)

Actually, the words with Him aren’t even in the original Greek. The translators added them for clarification. So:

“The one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit.”

He or she, a spiritual being, who is joined to the Lord, is one spirit. There are two… they are one. You and He are one.

We are one spirit with God. We function as one. We are not absorbed into the Lord, however. There is an I and there is a He, but we are joined to Him and we function as one. It is a function of cooperation, like a union of gears that mesh together. Our union with God doesn’t mean that we are so swallowed up in God that we lose our identity. But neither is there a separation. Rather, the two function as one for the purposes of the greater one, God.

He that is joined to the Lord is one spirit. That is a mystery. One plus one equals one. How can that be? The divine and the human are one.

Until we know and live out of our union with Christ, we will nver fully manifest the life of God within us. Some of it will inevitably shine through now and then, despite us. But for the most part we will manifest our own merely human life.

Until we know union, we are constantly confronted by the illusion of separation. “God is up there; I am down here. How do I draw close to God? Give me a plan. Give me a program.” Plenty of people are ready with the answers. “Read your Bible. Pray. Study. Witness. Tithe. Take communion. Here are the plans. Here are the programs.”

But once you know your union with God, there’s nothing left for you to do. Oh, you may still do some of the outer things. But you aren’t doing them to get close to God. You and God are one. There is no more separation.

When you begin living out of your union with Jesus Christ, you move beyond Christ plus anything, no matter how good it might be. …We live and move and have our being in God, who is our life. We are saved by His life. He is our life.

Christ lives out His life in us ­ funny old you, funny old me. We have all kinds of different shapes, forms, and fashions, all kinds of interests, all kinds of diversity, all kinds of uniqueness. Praise the Lord. We don’t have to look like, act like, talk like, or be like anybody else again. We are free to be ourselves. People see us, but we know it’s Jesus living through us.

From: Stone, Dan, The Rest of the Gospel: When the partial Gospel has worn you out. Dallas: One Press. 2000. pgs. 80-82.

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  1. evstevemd says:

    Thanks Jesse.
    I personally read many books but I hold on what is sound. This brother seem to take every author he likes at his word. He is stif necked, even when he is wrong. This is not the way christian should behave. We are to heed corrections. So I intended what I said, he better go and read the Bible and say what he got there, than posting people’s Ideas. We will be happy to hear what he ahve learned from THE BOOK rather than books

    Blessings from the King be with you all
    Steve

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    Tit 2:11-12 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live sober

  2. jesseedavis says:

    I think that more damage was done in the comments than from the excerpt from the book. The whole “grow up, baby” comments I see a lot of are harmful and can cause people to sin. Let us all read Romans 14. It is a set of instructions that we can all use when dealing with spiritual arrogance and immaturity as well as some cases of false doctrine within the Body. Focus on where God says, “Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.”

    As I read the post, Scripture came to mind which made most of the excerpt Biblical to me. There were a couple of flags, but what else would you expect from an extra-Biblical source. The point I guess I’m trying to make is that we should be explaining from Scripture the lesson this man is trying to make, instead of condemning everyone who has made any sort of connection between this man and Scripture. Yes, there are flags, and we should point them out and even why they are flags, but draw the line and don’t cross it.

    It is clear that a wise man, or a mature man, does not stop where he is, but continues to seek and lay up knowledge. They use knowledge rightly and they never cease to listen to wise counsel. Even the Apostles learned and learned and learned up to the day of their death. I will even say that Jesus never stopped learning and gaining knowledge from His Father and from others, because it is clear that He did in fact have to learn and that He was in fact fully man and at birth, emptied Himself of everything He couldn’t have in order to be a man. For example, omnipresence. We are told to follow Christ, let us do so in love, unity, and humility.

    • I absolutely agree with you, but I think you were not frequent to this site when this comments were posted on. It was during the time when tropical-guy was posting rapid comments against the doctrine that we hold. For this refer to all the blogs and comments that he had posted. Also rebuking sometime when one is not ready to listen to something that is biblically right and is trying to mould things in a different way which is against our scriptures; is not at all wrong. For this also refer to Bible when Jesus Christ says in Mat 15:7 You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said, and also other verses like in chapter Matthew chapter 23. Discernment is necessary, but not judging. Through the other comments on this blogs its only discernment and not judging. Its always good when you know the exact situation when things occur and people react.

  3. Tropical_Guy says:

    What does it mean by “When you begin living out of your union with Jesus Christ, you move beyond Christ plus anything, no matter how good it might be. …We live and move and have our being in God, who is our life. We are saved by His life. He is our life.”

    It means abiding. It means what paul said. Jesus living through you instead of the ill concept of doing it on your owm. Dan Stone understood abiding in Christ.

    • Well, as you wrote how can it be that I begin living out of my union with Jesus Christ? To abide in Christ I must remain and I should be in union With Jesus Christ. How can I move beyond Christ plus anything, no matter how good it might be? oh!! that’s a great concept that I can be good beyond the perfection of Christ and as per your words, I can take my greatness down as I have my being that means my existence because of Christ, so though I personally count myself better than him, yet I submit because He saved me.

      Do you know what it means by Jesus living through you? According to you, it seems God created me but when Christ comes in my life, He takes my free will of choice and start doing, in fact forces me to do things as He wants me to do. In other words, I’m physically present but my spiritual self has died. In all after once being saved by grace, God guarantees my ticket to heaven, as I become completely perfect as Christ has complete power upon me by His own will. Whatever I do is good and there is no sin in me.

      Anyway my conclusion is that though you are a born again in Christ for 35 years but still you are a baby in the knowledge of Bible through the wisdom of Holy Spirit. Please read thoroughly the beautiful gift of Bible to grow up. Bible speaks for itself. You stand on one-liners without knowing the complete story.

  4. Go back and read your Bible! How can you use men’s word to verify your wrong position? I say go back and read your bible and present what you have got from it not from men books with nothing from the Bible.

    Love,
    Steve

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    Tit 2:11-12 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live sober

  5. Tell me why you use extracts from these books? Is there something specific you want us to know? Are you really impressed by these books that you use them to explain the words written in Bible? It would be rather much better if you open your own views. I had not read these books so it is not clear to me as what it means.

    Please explain in details these words “But once you know your union with God, there’s nothing left for you to do. Oh, you may still do some of the outer things. But you aren’t doing them to get close to God. You and God are one. There is no more separation.” How can I know when I am in union with God? Does union in God means I am complete and my works are complete? What are these outer things and why I not doing these outer things to come closer to God? Since God and I are one, am I worshipping my own self?

    What does it mean by “When you begin living out of your union with Jesus Christ, you move beyond Christ plus anything, no matter how good it might be. …We live and move and have our being in God, who is our life. We are saved by His life. He is our life.”

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