In Union With One Another

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Acts 4:32-35
Psalm 133
1 John 1:1-2:2
John 20:19-31


In the words of David: How good, how delightful it is for all to live together like brothersNJB Acts describes that condition of the early church, every believer sharing completely in all they have. John explains in his letter that, If we live our lives in the light, as he is in the light, we are in union with one anotherNJB

Americans tend to find these statements discomforting because we are rugged individuals with pride in our own abilities. The American standard is anti-Christian.

Instead of the American standard, we need to take on the Jesus/Messiah standard. This is the human Jesus who spent his entire life giving himself to others. He did not consider his own life to be of any particular value. He surrounded himself with twelve men of low means, except one; men who often did the socially unacceptable, especially the one; men who never seemed to be in tune with him. Jesus would be a terrible American.

His life is the life we are called to. It is, above all, a life where we will strive to live together like brothers. When Jesus returned to the ten Apostles, as described by John, he said, As the Father sent me, so am I sending you. After saying this he breathed on them and said: Receive the Holy SpiritNJB

Why did Jesus breathe on them and what did it mean? Every man in that room, and every Jew who heard about the breath, understood instantly that God had done to them what he did to Adam at the Creation, he gave them life.

We Christians maintain an impossible position, that Jesus/Messiah was 100% human while never giving up his role as 100% God, or Son of God which is the same from our view. It is a major stumbling block for millions in the world today. It is impossible to be both.

Impossible when we forget that God is in the business of doing the impossible. Only God could be both God and human.

But back to the breath, that is always the image for the Holy Spirit, even in Genesis. We read that God personally got his hands dirty when he made Adam from Adamah (earth or dust). The Hebrew word for Adam means red earth. It is also no accident that dam is Hebrew for blood. Humans are made of earth and blood in the image of God.

But we decided that being like God was not good enough, we wanted to be rugged individuals. That has not turned out so well. We must get back to being like God, but we cannot do that on our own, we must receive the Breath of Life anew. We must absorb God into our beings.


Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

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