Can you see the amazing plan that God had in mind all along? He took us weak and helpless human beings who were trapped in sin and death, totally unable to help ourselves, and then He sent His Son Jesus Christ to be “the way” out of the mess. That is why Jesus Christ described Himself as “the way” in Joh 14:6.
God’s plan was to take a fallen mess of humanity and receive them into Himself, changing us into His image. We don’t become mini-gods and we are’t mini-Christs. We carry the image of our Saviour. It’s an image we didn’t earn and that we don’t deserve.
We can only have it when we cease to do other works (like law-keeping) and we resolve to simply receive what He did as a free gift.
To get out of the mess, people have to become one with Jesus Christ. Paul described it in Eph 5 as a marriage. In a Hebrew marriage a bride joins her husband’s family. Her husband’s father becomes her father. Together the husband and wife become one. Their union is both physical and spiritual.
Although Paul described the union between a man and a woman, he made it clear that the same physical and spiritual union occurs between Jesus Christ and His church…
because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”
This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. – Eph 5:30-32
So there we have it. You are in Jesus Christ and He is in you!
This union is confirmed by the words of the risen Jesus Christ Himself! When Saul was persecuting believers, Jesus Christ appeared to Saul and “why do you persecute ME”…
But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. – Act 9:1-3
And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. – Act 9:4-5
Awesome stuff! Saul was hunting for “men and women” – believers – and Jesus Christ Himself clearly says that it is He Who Saul is persecuting.
When a person persecutes Jesus Christ’s bride, they are persecuting Jesus Christ. This is because of the union that you and I have with Him.
Jesus Christ is in union with those who have faith in Him. So let’s go ahead and believe, so that we can receive… and bear much fruit…
By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. – Joh 15:8