Tuesday, January 7, 2014

"We Are a We"

(As Frances and I considered our relationship this morning, we almost simultaneously expressed, "We are a "we!"  Which led to this, another "we.")

     Our blessed union with God in Christ does not mean that either party crosses the lines of demarcation between the Divine and the human.  "I am God, and there is none else.  I am God and there is none like Me" declares our living and true Creator (Isaiah 46:9).  "I am not the Christ!" confessed John the Baptist, the man of whom the Lord Jesus affirmed that "among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John" (John 1:20; Matthew 11:11).

    In these days of New Age deviltry and deception, we do well to affirm that God's presence within born again believers does not bestow Divinity upon us.  We remain forever human, but human as inhabited by the Holy Spirit to such degree that He constitutes Christ as our very life (Colossians 3:4).  "To live is Christ" declared the Apostle Paul, meaning that our human faculties and members exist to be inhabited, informed, and infused by our Lord's immediate spiritual presence (Philippians 1:21).  The Spirit of Christ lives in us and we live through Him, eliciting joy in the Presence of the Divine, while establishing humble acknowledgement of our enduring humanity.

      We exist as a "we."  Just as a husband and wife remain themselves in the bonds of marriage, so do God and believers dwell together in a relationship of plurality revealed in unity.  We are a "we."  God remains Himself, we remain ourselves, but we live in such vital spiritual proximity that if one is pricked, as it were, the other bleeds.  "He that is joined to the Lord is one spirit" (I Corinthians 6:17).  We presently see and experience such reality "through a glass, darkly" (I Corinthians 13: ).  How easily we forget the Life of our lives, and at times, our spiritual enemies tempt us to believe that we go it alone in this world of shadows that we often mistake for substance.  Never is this the case, and we must consistently seek the illumination of the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit, and fellow believers in order to remember the blessedness of "we."

    Affirming such grace serves countless purposes in our relationship with God.  It encourages us to continue and grow.  It assures our discovery of new facets of both God and ourselves as we walk together with Him.   It reproves and corrects when we venture upon wayward paths.  It prepares us to help other brothers and sisters to remember that our lives are not lived alone.  It stokes the love that burns upon the hearth of our hearts in Christ as remember the price that purchased our Lord's eternal nearness.  It enables us to glorify our Lord by more consistently trusting and obeying Him in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Yes, through the death, resurrection, and the ascension of the Lord Jesus, our Heavenly Father made possible the closest possible relationship He could bestow upon created beings.  He joyfully drew us into the wonder of "we."  Let us rejoice with Him, realizing that everything that affects us affects Him, and vice versa.  Yes, we are a "we."

"I am with you always."
(Matthew 28:20)

Weekly Memory Verse   
    Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
(Jude 1:24-25)

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