In previous articles we discussed the nature of God as being a plurality. Some call this the trinity. This one God, or THEY who said in the beginning let US make man in OUR image and OUR likeness. And like Adam and Eve who “were made in Gods likeness male and female made He them”. They were split in half and portrayed 2 selves in one, the third part being the breath of life called God’s Holy Spirit.
Ekienos is from the Greek word “autos” that become one by a covenant to show the plurality and the unity of God. That is a unity that has always been with God, a plurality of persons some call the Trinity. We can understand “autos” in marriage. The two become one to be able to have offspring. And we are the offspring of God being of the New Covenant by receiving His word or DNA and breath. His DNA is written not on tablets of stone but on our heart by God.
We also discussed how in John 3 Jesus said to Nicodemus “we speak what we hear and we testify what we have seen”. Of how Christ was one and plural at the same time. Christ was in the father and the father in Him. Christ was in the spirit and the Spirit was in Him. Hence a plurality in unity. Adam and Eve portrayed on the outside visibly for us what God is on the inside. In the Spirit. A place that we can NOT see with our human eyes so God broke His image down for human adaptation to become godly. That is he purpose of pictures and patterns throughout creation and Old Covenant scriptures as well. This is how God shows Himself to us. All the old testament pictures and patterns find their complete “in Christ” of which the word says, “no one as seen God at any time, but the Son declares Him”. What the old testament did in parables, the Son now tells believers plainly about the Father for the Father is manifest in Him. As Christ said to Thomas “if you have seen me you have seen the Father”.
We made the point that the Gospel of John uses the Greek word ekienos. A word every where else is translated as they and them, but in John it is translated “He” and “Him”. As though John did notknow what he was talking about and he needed the English translators to fix it for him. I am sure John knew exactly what he was doing and the translators should have appropriately rendered ekienos correctly to “they” and “them” like it is done elsewhere in John.
So today we look at the first Epistle of John and we have the translators trying to fix John once again by changing (ekienos) to he and him. They also frequently change “autos” to “him”when “autos” is a gender neutral term that means self male or female. We will expound on this in other posts.
So from first John 2.6 it says that “whoever abides in Him ought to walk even as He walked”. It should say that “we ought to walk even as They (ekienos) walked”. So by that scripture we learn that They walk in me as I walk in them”. With this we can understand that “we are complete in Him who is head over all principalities and powers”. The principalities and powers are subject to us on the same way.
In 3.3 of us being the offspring of God everyone who has this hope purifies them-self even as He/they (ekienos ) are pure.”
And 4.17 Herein is our love made perfect because as He/they (ekienos) are so are we in the world. This should say, because as They are so are we in the world. So are we in the world as they are, in spirit and truth, in a plurality.
This is the same plurality (ekienos) Isaiah describes. “In the year king Uzziah died I saw the Lord high and lifted up”. Here we have the spiritual principle have discussed in other posts. An earthly king sown corruptible and through a revelation the true King raised incorruptible in Isaiah’s mind. To the invisible unchangeable ever ready always present truth . The kingdom of God is at hand. And right after that the Lord says through Isaiah “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” This is the plurality of God. Us.
The whole purpose of the gospel is to bring us to this. To be reconciled to the father in the son and the spirit. He who has the Father has the Son. And he who has the Son has the Bride. (John 3.29) He who has the Son has the Father and this is all done in the Spirit who bears witness, who testifies to the Son, this Bride is the “anointing we have received that teaches us all things (eternal). Of whom when the spirit comes, the Helper whom the Father sends who will teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance. Another helper, a different person in the Godhead, the comforter, the Spirit of truth whom the Father sends so you won’t be orphans, the other parent who is not Jesus but His Bride. The one who is not known by the world for they neither see her or know her. And this is eternal life that you may know Them, the ekienosin Him…..
John opens up in his first epistle with these words. “That which was in the beginning which we have seen, which we have handled, concerning the Word of life. The life was manifest and we have seen and we bear witness and we declare to you that you also may have fellowship with us, that you may be one with us, with the Father and the Son”. John is speaking in the plurality like Christ was to Nicodemus by saying â€œWeâ€. His invitation is just that. â€œWe ought to walk as they Â (ekienos) walked. We should acknowledge the plurality of God in Christ in us.
This is the fulfillment of Christâ€™s prayer in John 17 â€œthat they all may be one, as you Father are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, that they may be made perfect in oneâ€. This was said by the One who also said â€œLet there be lightâ€ and the light happened immediately. He who made the lame whole immediately with a word. Can you believe this? Can you receive this? Then it is now and it is for you. Christ spoke the prayer and it is a reality.
And what we have is not a perfect flesh but a perfect understanding to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Eph 4.13 in the here and now. â€œWe have the mind of Christâ€.
As Christ said â€œI go to prepare a place for you that where I am you may be alsoâ€. This is that place. The place as He says â€œI go to prepare a place for youâ€, â€œIf I do not go the comforter will not come. As we receive â€œanother helperâ€ we enter that place. That place is what Christ meant when He said â€œthe Kingdom of God is at hand. Like Uzziah had to be sown a flesh king for Isaiah to see the Lord high and lifted up, so too Jesus as a man has to be sown in our understanding, planted in human form to ascend to be high and lifted up in the spirit.Â As He said to Mary â€œdo not cling to me yet for I have not ascended.
Another principle we have been discussing is â€œHe takes away the first to establish the secondâ€ That is why Christ had to go for us to receive the Spirit. Not that He wasnâ€™t already in all power. It was our brain, our new man that had to follow this, so that â€œwhere I am you may be alsoâ€. This is the purpose of all the pictures and patterns and the purpose of the Son himself. To take us to the Father. â€ Go tell the brethren that I have ascended to my God and to your God, to My father and your Father. Cling to this! Be ye reconciled to ekienos, be joined and receive the sweet union given to us in Christ Jesus from before the foundations of the ages. Ekienos.
Christ didnâ€™t have to do something that wasnâ€™t done. He didnâ€™t have to become something He wasnâ€™t for He is the same yesterday today and forever. He had to walk it out for us so that we could follow Him to the Father. â€œFather if there is any other way? Â Jesus the man walked it out for us only. For you cannot add or take away from eternity, you can only partake in Him, and everything eternal is â€œin Himâ€. Ekienos saw humanity blind and disarray and said â€œWhom shall We send, whom shall go for us?â€ They sent the Â Son.
I pray that you know and understand that when the Lord says â€œcome my people enter your chambersâ€ He is not talking about a place where feet can go, but this place we have been talking about. This place we receive when the Son is ascended and seated. Not that he wasnâ€™t for He said Father restore to me the Glory I had before. He set it aside.
I have talked about what I have seen and told you what I have heard. Um, I mean we talk about what we have seen and we tell you what we hear. Ekienos and our unity in the plurality of God â€œin Christâ€.
John 14.21 In â€œthat dayâ€ you will know that I am in the Father and you in Me and I in you. This is â€œthat dayâ€. Today! If you will hear His voice.