This truth I’m about to share is one I’ve been mulling over for the past week. I cannot get my head around it, and I cannot stop thinking about it. It has got my attention and it’s all I can really talk about when I see others at the moment. It’s such a powerful truth.
Remember my first post, “Christ in you?” It is really the same thing, it’s just an add on! You can’t really talk enough about this subject I think.
Let’s look at one verse: “But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” (1 Cor 6:17)
Firstly, let’s look at the word “join.” You are going to love this…
Strong’s 2853 – kollaó
kollaó: to glue, unite
Original Word: κολλάω
Part of Speech: Verb
Phonetic Spelling: (kol-lah’-o)
Short Definition: I glue, cleave, keep company with
Definition: (lit: I glue); hence: mid. and pass: I join myself closely, cleave, adhere (to), I keep company (with), of friendly intercourse.
2853 kolláō (from kólla, “glue”) – to bond (cleave), adhere to (literally, “glued together”); to cleave, join to; (figuratively) intimately connected in a soul-knit friendship.
[2853 (kolláō) is used “frequently in ancient medical language of the uniting of wounds” (WS, 180).]
So firstly, being joined to the Lord is like glue. Why do we use glue? To stick two objects together. Pretty basic. It’s so those two things don’t separate, but they become one. In the short definition above, it says join also means to cleave. Oddly enough, the word cleave has two meanings; to split apart like you’re chopping wood, or to be close to someone, and to stick together like glue. What does the Bible say about the marriage relationship? “And a man shall leave his mother and father and cleave to his wife, and the two shall become ONE flesh.”
When we are joined to the Lord, we cleave to him – clearly as in the second meaning, like a marriage union, and we become ONE with the Lord in spirit. The fact that this verse adds “becomes ONE spirit with Him” implies that there is more than just a process of glue sticking two things together, but an infusion. Once together, you cannot separate the two! You are ONE!
And by the way – the Greek word for ONE in this verse means ONE! There is nothing really added to it. ONE is one, not 2, not 3, but 1! So to continue…
An analogy I recently seen by watching a sermon by Benny Hinn, put it like this…it would be much easier to show you, but try and imagine it…
You have 2 bottles of water and a glass. One bottle represents your human spirit, the other bottle represents God’s Spirit. The glass represents your human body. First your “human spirit” is poured into the glass, then “God’s Spirit” is poured in (this would be at Salvation of course).
Now, once both bottles are poured in the glass, do you think you could put the same water from the separate bottles back into their own bottles, where they came from? No, it’s impossible. Both bottles were poured in, they’re mixed now. You can’t separate them. You’d be pouring a mixture back in either bottle.
So it is when God’s Spirit comes to live inside you – your spirit becomes one with God’s Spirit. Now, NOTHING can separate you from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus! (Romans 8:35-39)
That’s a pretty radical thought! You and I have become ONE with God in our spirits. It’s not like God is next to your spirit inside your body and they’re both fighting for more room! No – He unites with our spirit!!! That is really something to take in, and very hard to fathom. But it’s by faith we believe this. Faith that only God can give.
It’s humanly unfathomable…
And also, in context with the scripture passage this verse is found in, it’s speaking about sexual immorality. Once we truly understand by heartfelt revelation (ginosko!), that we are one in spirit with Him, how can we then go and be immoral? By joining ourselves to a prostitute, as the example Paul gives, we are actually joining Christ to that sin! That’s why Paul says in the very next verse, in verse 18, that every other sin is outside the body, but sexual immorality is sinning against your own body…in other words, it affects your life more than any other sin. (Note, the word “body” is the greek word “soma” originating from “sozo,” as Strong’s concordance states. Sozo means not only your physical body, but you as a whole – spirit, soul and body. It’s a very serious thing in fact. Sexual immorality affects you as a whole. “Soma” also indicates it’s not only your body, but also the church Body as a whole, according to Strong’s definition again. Sexual immorality affects the Church also. Heavy stuff!)
Isn’t it no wonder Paul says in another place, “be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers?” (2 Cor 6:14) If God’s Spirit isn’t also inside the person you join to, there is going to be trouble. The Spirit of God and the spirit of the world do not mix – Galatians 5:17 – the war against the flesh and the Spirit. Though the context there is about the Spirit being at war with the desirers of the flesh in you, the principle is still true: that God’s Spirit is at war with the spirit of the world operating and living inside unbelievers, which is really anti-christ. Those relationships just don’t work…
In my next few blogs, I have some amazing word studies God led me to today…I am really excited about them, I love digging into God’s Word! They are on Isaiah 40:31 and 2 Cor 3:18…the meat in those passages will keep you chewing for days! So I will post again very soon!
Bless you all heaps!