My One Word: Unity – sýmphytos


unityUnity – noun

  •  the state of being united or joined as a whole.: synonyms: union, unification, integration, amalgamation; antonyms: division
  • the state of forming a complete and pleasing whole, esp. in an artistic context. synonyms: harmony, accord, cooperation, collaboration, agreement, consensus, solidarity; antonyms: strife, discord
  • a thing forming a complex whole. plural noun: unities; synonyms: oneness, singleness, wholeness, uniformity, homogeneity 
  • the number one.

 

 

sýmphytos – σύμφυτος 

Thayer’s Definition
1. born together with, of joint origin
a. connate, congenital, innate, implanted by birth or nature
2. grown together, united with
3. kindred

Romans 6:5 Amplified Bible (AMP)
5 For if we have become one with Him by sharing a death like His, we shall also be [one with Him in sharing] His resurrection [by a new life lived for God].

As I read this I couldn’t help but think of just how powerful and how much this one sentence says. I like the King James Version just because of my Unity icon I created. It reads:

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection

But something about the Amplified version and the use of “become one” makes it seem much more … I don’t know … it makes me stop and think about it more. Become one with Him. One with HIM! ONE with Him. It’s almost too much for a mind to grasp.

And look at the meanings of this word – no matter which one you pick, it’s deep, kindred might not be so deep, but the other three are. Think about it, born together with, of joint origin with Christ.  Implanted by birth or nature with Christ.  Grown together, united with Christ.

This verse is so rich in content but I’m going to just stick with the unity that is found in it. The unity that I can share with Christ. The unity in his death and resurrection. Think about the power in that little word – One. Christ doesn’t have to be up there, over there, somewhere else, He can be right here, ONE with me. He isn’t beside me, how is something ONE if it is beside itself? It just can’t be. It can only be one, if it is together … united.

I also noticed that this unity is not something given to everyone automatically because there is an IF at the start of this. It is a choice we have to make. But oh, if we make that choice – Unity with Christ!

Going to contemplate this one for a while. How about you?

 

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