Jesus and our Father are one. So are we. What is true of Jesus and His Father is now true of us. We are one with the Father. In Jesus we do only what Father is doing - not by connivance of act of will but because we really are one in the Spirit with our Father.
There is a deeper level than ‘hearing God’ as in receiving a word. This deeper level is union with God - we and Father being one in spirit and in truth. At this level we are the expression and extension of our Father. We are sons and we are apostolic.
We have union with God. But mostly what is taught is separation. How often do we hear words that are held to denote the Christian life like, ‘Keeping close to Jesus.’ Or at other times and sundry places, ‘What would Jesus do?’ Both are uttered by people who love Jesus and both are misguided and out of alignment with the accomplishments of the Trinity on our behalf: Union with God.
In the first instance, Jesus is with you and in you when we are living in the new covenant and not the old. (He is with us when we are in the old but in droplets rather than in rivers) The reality that is Christ and which embraces us is that Jesus is our life. No separation here. Jesus promised to be with us and in us through the ministry of The Comforter. ‘Made the two one’ applies first to our union with God and then to our union with others.
But our union is yet more subtle. Since the Trinity makes their home in us - they incarnate themselves in us - they are woven into our body, soul and spirit. This fact as indicated by Paul’s description of the Living Word. He writes of this word of light, life, being and truth which is the logos - ‘For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart’ Heb 4.12 NIV.
This is the living, pre-existent word, the same word who presently enjoys fellowshipping with you. We are one with His life, the heart of God, one with His discernment of life and with it His antipathy to all that is less than life and dead. In union with Him we are one with life and delivered from the artificial distinctions of time and place that confuse the inhabitants of the law. We have become spirit and life.
Accomodation to the torpor of religion with its addiction to separation and constructs of the letter and time/space compartments does not come from God. We are the manifestation of Christ, Holy Spirit and our Father. In Jesus we are life itself. We are the sons of God.
This is so different to the separations and dichotomies of law-based thinking with its ties to the earth and the flesh. Not only is it a new epistemology. It is the new and living way implied by Jesus when He announced Himself as the way, the truth and the life. This is our union with God described by Paul as living in The One Spirit and as a result being one with the spirit and life of the universe. In the letter we define ourselves as separate from God. We think and speak separation intuitively and we impart the opposite of spirit and life. We emanate an atmosphere of death. And we cannot see that we are not alive.
‘But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him’ 1 Cor 6.17 NIV.
We are one spirit with the logos, one spirit with the web of existence, one spirit that transcends all that is temporal and finite and one spirit with spirit and life. Jesus’ union with His Father was everything. Your union with Jesus is everything. Christ come in your flesh is the entire new creation come in our every word and act. It is as daughters and sons.
The gospel of Jesus is not that we can receive Jesus into our lives. His gospel and Paul’s gospel is that we have been received in to His.