As we pointed out in the foregoing message, the Spirit is the Paraclete. The writings of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee focus on the enjoyment of the divine life, which all the believers possess, and on the building up of the church, the goal of God's work with man in this age. So whether we spend our life acting out to avoid the annihilation with sex, drugs, alcohol, or work, it's still coming, isn't it? Hence, we are the family and the family is the house; therefore, we are the house. However, this raises a question: how can we be the family as well as the house? To be sure, the Spirit must be included. Rather, we need to delve into the depths of the Word. Note, Yeshua is the name for Jesus in the original Hebrew language. If so, must God then also be the house? My own experience with trying to achieve oneness has come out of a desire to escape emotional pain. Living Stream Ministry publishes the works of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee, providing the authoritative and definitive collections of treasures from these two servants of the Lord Jesus Christ. This involves the mingling of the Triune God with His redeemed people to make them the abode, the house of God, the church, the Body of Christ, which will consummate in the coming New Jerusalem. © 2014 Living Stream Ministry. Joseph Campbell, in his research of mythological spiritual heroes from around the world, came up with this observation: The individual, through prolonged psychological disciplines, gives up completely all attachment to his personal limitations, idiosyncrasies, hopes and fears, no longer resists the self-annihilation that is prerequisite to rebirth in the realization of truth, and so becomes ripe, at last, for the great at-one-ment. And on that quest, there have been a number of paths that looked right, but that upon further inspection proved to serve someone else's needs more than my own. In His recovery the Lord is not recovering anything religious. This Body is the abode, and this abode is the oneness of the Triune God and His redeemed people. When you fully settle down in your house, the house becomes one with you, and you become one with the house. Yeshua said, “I AM the Way — and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except through me, (John 14:6 CJB). The Law lives in him with his unreserved consent. We may also say that this mingling of the Triune God with His redeemed people is the corporate Christ (1 Cor. To God, the family is the house. Apart from the Spirit, the Father and the Son would not have a way to enter into us and be settled in us. ©2020 Verizon Media. But if anything, the world mythologies tell us to stop trying and just relax. The abode is a sign signifying the mingling of divinity with humanity, a mingling that is both the house and the household. (The Fulfillment of the Tabernacle and the Offerings in the Writings of John, Chapter 45, by Witness Lee). The house is a building, and the household is a family. Eventually, we and God are both the family and the house. Do you get high like a Pentecostal speaking in tongues, or deep in a meditative state like the Dalai Lama? Yes, it is correct to say that God is also the house. Is it an emotionally charged experience? The individual goes through "disciplines" to become "ripe." On the other hand, what kind of house has no one dwelling in it? you'll have to post a response. It's a fact of life that is inevitable. In order to experience the at-one-ment, you have to clean out your receptor. The depths of the truth of the abode in John 14 are related to the fact that the abode is a matter of the Triune God—the Father, the Son, and the Spirit—mingling Himself with His redeemed people to make Himself one with them. Part of HuffPost Religion. Becoming One with God: Do We Make It Harder Than It Is? Today is National Voter Registration Day! We may say that the Father and the Son are the Guests and that the Spirit is the Guide, the Usher. This oneness of the house and those dwelling in the house is indicated by the fact that the Greek word for house, oikos, denotes both a house and a household. The Father, happy with our love for the Son, responds to our love by loving us. According to the New Testament, we are God’s house, and the family, the household, is composed of the Triune God with His children. This is the abode. In modern language the disciplines also refer to letting go of all of the many ways we act out over not getting our way -- getting to a place where we can live life on life's terms. For the producing of this abode, Christ has redeemed us. Jesus is your union with God the Father. But do you think that the pronoun “We” here includes only the Father and the Son but not the Spirit? The Son was the first Paraclete, and now the Spirit is another Paraclete. All rights reserved. You may wonder why there is no mention of the Spirit in 14:23. Such a family may have a life like gypsies. The mingling of divinity with humanity is the abode in 14:23. Then the Spirit stirs up within us a love for our Redeemer. If a household, a family, does not have a house, they will find it difficult to live as a family. If the work we do on ourselves deals with giving up all attachment to our personal limitations, even our hopes and fears, that's the work that gets us closer to oneness. If we see this, we shall realize that the genuine church is different from organized Christianity with its forms, rituals, and regulations. Do you get high like a Pentecostal speaking in tongues, or deep in a meditative state like the Dalai Lama? What kind of family has no house to live in? The abode in 14:23 also signifies that we and God become one. All rights reserved. We can testify that when we love the Lord Jesus, we have the sense deep within us that our Father is happy and pleased with us. Therefore, the family and the building should be one. When you fully settle down in your house, the house becomes one with you, and you become one with the house. The ego is so masterful at concocting ways to get around life on life's terms that the more I lose my adapted personality, the more the "law does live within me with unreserved consent.". Nevertheless, a question still remains: Does not the family include God? As the Interpreter, He makes it easier for us to “converse” with the Father and the Son. Actually, a house and a household should be one.