“He that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.”
– 1 Corinthians 6:17 (King James Version)
I now know that not only do I have Christ as my Savior from sin, but that I have passed through an inner experience of death to my former striving, sin-dominated, and self-condemning self. I now know that I am dead to sin, the world, flesh-domination, and law; and now I equally know that I am no longer a lonely, independent “I,” or still worse, have sin and Satan living in me. I know that in place of “I” it is now Christ living His life in me. And this I now know—actually know—without ever again having to reckon on it, or trying to reassure myself about it, or refreshing my recognition of it.
This does not mean that we are like two people separate within myself. No, we are one. I am “joined to the Lord—one spirit” (1 Cor. 6:17); we are two, yet we are one. He is the One living in me yet not as separate from me, but reproducing Himself by me—as vine through branch, head through body, husband through wife.
In that union relationship I can say that it is Christ who is manifested in my human form—just as it is when He says that both He and I are “the light of the world” (John 8:12, Matt. 5:14). In actual fact, we are two—light and lamp, and He is the light shining through the lamp. Yet we so forget the existence of the lamp that when we come into a room we don’t say “Turn on the lamp” but “Turn on the light”! So in one conscious union relationship: though each Christian is the two united in one, we don’t see ourselves as thinking, speaking, acting, but it is He expressed through our forms doing the thinking, speaking and acting.