He called us to Him. We have come. Forevermore we are moving into relationship with Him.
God makes Himself known, and seeks our fellowship. This treasure holds the amazing gift of life. We come to know God in the way of His Son, enlightened by His Holy Spirit. We come to know Him as we open our hearts to Him, others and even to ourselves. He plants within us a new heart that we must nurture and cultivate into full bloom. It is in the unfolding that we grow close.
As we enter into relationship with God, we discover that He is Holy.
“This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5 NIV. Walking in His light, the features of the image of God in us take shape.
“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. All who have this hope in Him purify themselves, just as He is pure.” 1 John 3:2-3 NIV. His light disturbs our darkness. The darkness within us weakens under illumination leaving us with a yearning for the holiness and presence of God. Light gives life.
Jesus is the eternal life in fellowship with God. “And this is eternal life that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou has sent.” John 17:3 KJV. Eternal life is life everlasting in the sense of time, but it is also the purest of life itself. It is a life of truth and joy in fellowship with God. “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the light, as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.“ 1 John 1:6-7 NASB.
As we grow in fellowship with God, we experience the fullness of Him dwelling in us; love and truth reign in our hearts with its treasures incarnating (or expressing) into action. In communion with God, we live in the way, the truth and the life; in the divine nature that was manifested to us in our Lord Jesus Christ. Through the power of His resurrection, we in Him, have been raised to new life. “Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” Roman 6:3-4 NASB. We are new creatures on the other side of the cross. When once cold and dark, our hearts now contain the warmth and light of Christ dwelling within. We are born of God and are now nurtured by the gift of the Holy Spirit.
“…Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.” Romans 6:12-13 NASB.
Consider the divine nature that is within us. It leads us to rise above the things of this world. It leads us to focus on our true heavenly home. Understanding how we were originally conceived, made in the likeness and image of God, and who and by whom we now are in this new Body of God, frees us to follow our true heart’s eagerness to please our heavenly Father. The sweetness of this communion far exceeds any past fleeting pleasure. Our souls were made for this fellowship and God has granted us the greatest desire of our souls. In this we rejoice! In this we live and live in Him and for Him.
What our hearts contain, our mouths speak; our hands and feet move by the power of our heart’s passions.
“No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.” 1 John 3:9 NIV.
We are not to convince ourselves we are no longer capable of sin – for we will stumble until our purification is complete – but we are to accept that the divine nature has been reborn in us and God is faithful to purify us from all sin. Jesus stays by our side keeping us in the light always.
Our new nature is a fact.
Why would I want to contaminate that new creation? Why would I want to eat another apple off the tree of good and evil? I have tasted evil. I do not need to taste it again. I have tasted the sweetness of life and God, why would I want any other? Our natural tendency is to slink back into the shadows but the good news is that God is relentless through His Holy Spirit to keep the light shining in us to guide and keeps us in His holiness.
Our covenant with God began when we believed on Him. His life is our life. His Son is the Head and we are the Body. His life flows through us. His nature is now our nature. We are holy and blameless in Him. We are translated out of this world into the heavenly realms with Him. We live in God’s Kingdom. We do His will, not ours. We not only need to believe and trust in this, but we need to accept it as who we are in Him if we are proclaiming our commitment to God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. When we fully receive all of who God is, we are awe struck and changed forever. Our new nature desires holiness – to know God and be like Him – and separates itself from anything that defiles it. A worshipful heart is a clean heart.
“And His commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world.” 1 John 5:3-4 NIV.
His commands nourish the divine seed within us growing us stronger against the powers of evil in this world as well as maturing us into His fullness.
“By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.”
1 John 2:6 NASB
Our spirit changes as we find ourselves desiring the things of God. His commands become a natural response as the things we once desired fade from our thoughts. As we grow in love, we are made “alive” in Christ.
Not by works nor of flesh but by the power of the Holy Spirit.
By the power of the Holy Spirit living inside us, we can rise above the things of this world that try to hold us down. As we walk in the light with God, He nourishes the divine nature within us. We listen to His quiet direction every moment of every day and respond in obedience. How sweet it is when we listen. Our hearts open to the will of God – loving others. “We know we have passed from death to life because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death.” 1 John 3:14 NIV. “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7 NIV.
To walk with God is not only believing but also accepting the truth. As more of the living God moves into my heart, the more I see the deadness of my natural man. Both the life of God’s Son, and His death, have freed us from our past and birthed in us the opportunity to bloom. We can return to the image and likeness of God and be a new creation. We have this choice: love for God, for ourselves and for all others, or living by the world’s values. This is a cultural change as well as a spiritual one. It requires us to take action and make choices that reflect the light within us. Our lives are for His glory alone.
I pray this for all of us today…
“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.”
2 Peter 1:2-3 NASB.
“For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, in order that by them you might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge; and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness; and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:4-8 NASB
“For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins. Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble; for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be abundantly supplied to you.” 2 Peter 1:9-11 NASB.
“Sweet it is that our hope should rest in him who is never shaken, should abide in him who never changes, should binds us to him who alone is the full contentment of the soul, should enter into him, since in him is our being.” E. B. Pusey
This is eternal life. It is here we find our thirst quenched. God bless us all. Amen.
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(All highlighted scripture is for my own emphasis)