Unity And Transformation In Christ
Jesus is the author and finisher of the faith. (Hebrews 12:2) He has run the race perfectly and by doing so has forged a path for His disciples to pursue. We have access to the very presence of the Father when we become a new creature born in Christ. (Hebrews 10:19-22)
This intimacy with God – to have divine Love living inside you instead of merely calling out to Him – became possible because Christ Jesus came down to us. The expression is true, the Son of God has become the Son of Man, so that sons of men might become sons of God. We could never be good enough for Him by works, for we are all sinners and deserve wrath. (Romans 3:10-20,23) But Christ has justified us by the propitiation that had been the plan of God from the beginning. (Romans 3:21-26) He had to take our wounds, stumble in our own weak footsteps; He had to endure the wrath of God against all sin, so that by such a complete sympathy we might find a road to righteousness.
Loving another person as yourself is a powerful vehicle for redemption. People who do this truly sacrifice their lives on the altar of love; they become servants of love, they become human medicine, and friends who are the face of help and mercy. When Judah repented for his crime against Joseph, thereby showing great love for Benjamin and his father, he became a miracle of transfiguration. He changed from kidnapper of his father’s son, slaver of his brother, into Jacob’s life-giver, and a savior of his family. Therefore his father Jacob blessed Judah’s offspring extravagantly with the highest hopes. Love is a miracle, asking nothing; love belongs to Heaven. By the love that unites oneself with others, associating with them, we can redeem energy or souls – not that a man can redeem anything on his own, but the Lord Jesus Christ can work through a man to do good. Therefore Jesus transforms in His sacrifice from Shepherd to Lamb. Over time God’s adopted children, co-heirs with Christ, His brothers and sisters, are assured to conform to Him. (Romans 8:29)
Now there is a transformation through Christ’s death. In Christ’s arrest the disciples were sheep who were scattered.
Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written:`I will strike the Shepherd, And the sheep will be scattered.’
But in the resurrected Christ we do not need to be scattered from the Kingdom, in fact, the gates of Hell shall not prevail against the Kingdom, and moreover nothing will ever separate us from the love of Christ. In being His sheep we overcome the world (1 John 5:4) and are become “more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.