Three Seeking to be One
The number three is a number that I have always felt a connection with. Throughout history the number 3 has been considered a sacred number in many religions and throughout philosophy.
Pythagoras considered 3 to be the first true number, the number of harmony. Three is the first number that forms a geometrical figure, the triangle, three is the number of time (past, present, future). We are on the third planet from the sun. There are seemly countless referrals and connections to the number three.
In Christianity alone there are many; the Godhead is made of three beings, The Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost, Three wise men came to Jesus at his birth, they brought three gifts, Jesus' ministry lasted for three years, Peter denied Jesus three times, Jesus was placed on the cross on the third hour of the day, he died at the 9th hour (3pm), there were 3 hours of darkness that covered the last while Jesus was suffering on the cross, Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, Jesus is The Way, The Truth and The Life, Saul was blinded for three days on the road to Damascus, three times angels visited Abraham announcing that Sarah would give birth to a son.Noah had three sons, Jonah was in the while three days, Satan tempted Jesus three times after he was baptized and fasted 40 days in the desert. Jesus raised three people from the dead....
Elohim, Jehovah, Michael - Adam, Eve, Lucifer - Peter, James, John
Able, Enoch, Noah, - Abraham, Issac, Jacob
On 3 goes....
Each of us is also three: Body, Mind and Spirit. The body is the physical body, the spirit is the spirit that resides in the body, and the mind is that part of us that is God. You may find it shocking to hear that the mind is that part of us that is God but hear me out. God is part of us. We are made of the dust of the earth and the breath of God. It is this breath of God (or the Light of Christ) that enlightens our minds. It is in our minds that we hear the voice of God, our heart then confirms what the Spirit says to us. We are called to unite our spirit and body with that of God, we then become whole (holy being) and of one mind. Our mind is single and we love God with all our mind and strength, which is the greatest commandment.
"The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:20-21)
"Yea, I tell thee that thou mayest know that there is none else save God that knowest thy thoughts and intents of they heart." (D&C 6:16)
Jesus was a holy (whole). His body, mind and spirit were one with the Father:
"I am in the Father, and the Father in me, and the Father and I are one." 3 (Nephi 11:27)
We too are called to be holy (whole) and be one with the Father:
"Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word: That they all may be one; as thou, Father, are in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them' that they may be on, even as we are one. I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me."(John 17:20-23)
Thinking that man is nothing more than a body leads to a life of self seeking pleasure that ends empty and void of meaning. Thinking that man is two component parts, body and mind, leave one with no spirit, lost and alone. It is only when we realize that we are spirit (Adam), body (Eve), and mind (God). The body (Eve) must be subject to the spirit (Adam) and the spirit (Adam) must be guided by mind (God).
For us to begin to become one with God, we must allow God to rule. Our Father God must rule our every thought. Only then can we begin to rule over our spirit and body by using our mind.
What is the mind? Well, it is mostly knowledge. Which is what we are here to obtain. We are here to progress, to become one with God. To be changed, to have the mind of God, to obtain knowledge and become like him.
This path to knowledge started with Eve partaking of the fruit of the tree of knowledge. But what is knowledge and how does it fit within us becoming one (united in body, mind and spirit) to become one with the Father?
"For I the Lord God, created all things, of which I have spoken spiritually, before they were naturally upon the face of the earth."
The Kabbalah states that knowledge (daat) is a reconciling of wisdom (chochmah) and understanding (binah). Wisdom is the female principle (Eve) and understanding is the male principle (Adam). Women have a tendency to live by their hearts and emotions - intuition (wisdom). Men have a tendency to live by their reason (understanding). A person that lives totally by intuition is only half a person just as a person that lives only be reason is half a person. To have knowledge, knowledge as God has, Adam (understanding) must be joined with Eve (wisdom) and this knowledge must ultimately come from God.
God commands that man (understanding) and women (wisdom) become one (Adam knew Eve) and this to obtain knowledge. This is a spiritual truth manifested into the physical world (as are all truths). Life is a stage where the spirit world is played out.
"My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding: that thou mayest regard discretion, that thy lips may keep knowledge." (Proverbs 51-2)
Ultimately all true knowledge only comes from God as the Holy Ghost speaks to us in our mind and our heart:
Yea, behold, I will tell you in your mind and in your heart, by the Holy Ghost, which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart." (D&C 8:2)
It all comes back to consecration with God - it all is truly one great round in many ways.
For our mind (God) to rule our body (Adam) and our spirit (Eve) so we can be one and then eventually become one with the Father, we must have knowledge, knowledge that comes from the Holy Spirit. And how do we have the Spirit?
Here is a great talk that might help those who wonder about having His Spirit always: "Always Have His Spirit"