PART #5 in this 10-Part Series on the Oneness of the Body of Christ by Henry Hon--with Doug Krieger's narration. Our title for this #5 of the series is called: DO YOU KNOW DIVERSITY IN UNITY EXPRESSES THE TRINITY. We will discuss how the very nature of the Triune God--although distinctly Father, Son and Holy Spirit are inseparably ONE--there is only ONE GOD. God's Image is reflected in the pinnacle of His creation--MAN--both "male and female created He him." Man's creation is much like God Himself--THREE-ONE . . . ONE-THREE. Perhaps your understanding will be enlarged in seeing how God's creation mirrors the very nature or image of God himself! We--the members of the Body of Christ are very diverse--this diversity reflects the Trinity--there is FELLOWSHIP within the Godhead; even so, we are made to fellowship with one another through the life-giving Spirit of Christ Who enjoins us to be ONE IN FELLOWSHIP with Him and with ONE ANOTHER!
Please READ the text below.
First, there is only One God. The manifestation of God in a bodily form throughout the Bible both in the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament is always One, a singular manifestation. However, God is distinctly Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—inseparable—from eternity to eternity. He is wonderfully mysterious: three-one
When God created man in His own image He said:
Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness . . . So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Gen. 1:26-27)
Satan’s strategy is designed to undermine God’s purpose by dividing man; therefore, after sin came into man, the result was Cain murdered Abel. Killing one another is the ultimate expression of hatred and division. It shattered and desecrated God’s image.
Jesus Christ came to rid man of sin: the result is to remove barriers of hatred and separation between (historically) two of the most segregated and divided people on the planet (Jews and Gentiles). Through the “blood of His cross” He created a New Man (Eph. 2:14-17)—by annihilating this “wall of separation.” This One New Man is created in the Image of God; and is composed of individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds (Col. 3:10-11).
Christians have fallen into Satan’s deception to fight and divide with each other over differences: race, politics, doctrines, spiritual practices, and much more. Let’s declare the death and resurrection of Christ by loving and intentionally fellowshipping with those who are different than yourself. It is in God’s family, His ekklesia, where diversity is truly celebrated and accepted. In Christ, our diversity in unity expresses the Trinity, His Image.
In creating man God’s plurality was involved. Man was created in His image; therefore, man is both male and female. Just as within God there is the Father and the Son, so too within man there is male and female. Just as there is clear distinction and fellowship between the Father and the Son, there is clear distinction and fellowship between male and female. Nevertheless, this One God created one man. Furthermore, out of this one man (male and female), there was a multiplication of man; thus, all these men are distinct individuals no matter their color of skin or language spoken, etc.