Unity in being and the fellowship of persons
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.(John 1:1-3)
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.(John 1:14)
I almost felt compelled to put the whole chapter of John 1 for a header text but for the sake of brevity I think these verses will do and do quite well! When we think of the beginning and texts that point us to the beginning we naturally think Genesis 1:1, but the beauty of John 1:1 is that we get to peek a bit further back into the mind of God for a glimpse of the fellowship between persons of the blessed Trinity. Scripture says that the Holy Son was ” πρὸς τὸν Θεόν”(pros ton theon) which A. T. Robertson argues that the grammar suggests that “Pros with the accusative presents a plane of equality and intimacy, face to face with each other”. The idea being expressed is that the Father and the Son have perfect fellowship and,although they are distinct persons, they are fully one.
Unity in purpose
All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19 emphasis mine)
Jesus Christ’s perfect life, His death and His resurrection was the apex of all creation. Christ through His atoning work on the cross bought “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that they may proclaim the excellencies of him who called them out of darkness into his marvelous light.(1 Peter 2:9)” He has also eradicated all sin, death and the works of satan(1cor15:55-56). I cannot say anything more convincing than what has already been written:
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.(Colossians 1:15-20)
To be continued…..