Then God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” Genesis 1:26
Since God, being triune in form from the beginning of our inception we should come to the realization that we were created in unity; The Father, son and Holy Spirit together creating this world and then creating us together…unified. We find what we have in common, what unifies in within the trinity. With Genesis 1:26 in mind, how can we being created in his likeness…the likeness of the triune God not be called to live in unity? It doesn’t make sense. In fact not living out of unity is denying part of our part of our divine design. When we forget that unity was intended to be a part of our divine design it is then that we allow ourselves to escape the reality of unity, and its repercussions on our life. It is then that isolation from one another and our communities becomes a viable option, thus causing a great chasm. Looking back on the creation story as well as the bible in its entirety, it can be stated the one can never truly experience unity apart from community. These two things should never be separated.
“And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.” John 17:11
Joni Erickson Tadi once said that “Believers are never told to become one; we’re already are one, and are expected to act like it. After reading the high priestly prayer I’d have to agree with Joni. We are never told to become one; however Jesus does prayer that we may become one. “I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.” John 17:23. What Jesus means when he says become really mortifies this idea that somehow unity is not achievable this side of heaven. It voids the notion that we have no obligation or any duty to strive for a unified body of believers here on earth. When Jesus prayers that we may be one as they are one He exemplifies that kind of unity that should be norm for those that profess to be genuine believers…and yet in our everyday lives we find that this isn’t the case. Why? We’ve forgotten who are and lost perspective. In the biblical narrative, the people of God are always urged to look forward, imagining their future not simply as a way of ameliorating the pain of their present circumstances, but to help them understand what kind of people they were called to be in the present. Not shallow in their thinking, or bogged down by troublesome circumstances, but always meditating on the things to come.