Communion With Christ: The Indwelling Spirit

IN THE beginning before all time was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. He was present originally with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being.

In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men. And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it.

There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came to witness, that he might testify of the Light, that all men might believe in it adhere to it, trust it, and rely upon it through him. He was not the Light himself, but came that he might bear witness regarding the Light. There it was–the true Light was then coming into the world the genuine, perfect, steadfast Light that illumines every person.

He came into the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which belonged to Him, and they who were His own did not receive Him and did not welcome Him.

But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority and privilege to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in His name–who owe their birth neither to bloods nor to the will of the flesh nor to the will of man that of a natural father, but to God. They are born of God! —John 1:1-13

Many of us are trying to maintain unbroken communion with God, but how do we do that? That one question is probably one of the greatest in our hearts, because the new spiritual life we receive the Lord Jesus as our Lord and Savior can only be sustained by constant fellowship with Him and our Father (who is its source)—just like in our physical life we need to breathe again and again to continue living, right?

My first granddaughter was born recently which got me thinking again. I remember when our children were born I was amazed at how much they needed to learn just to grow; but one thing, above everything else, it has to breathe! Well, as new Christians, we have a whole bunch we need to learn and experience, and the Lord spends a lot to do in training us, but above everything else, we also have to breathe—breathe in new life day-by-day in communion with Him, and He will lead us on as we are able to endure.

The dictionary defines communion as “discourse, interchange of thought,” and describes communion as the act of “consulting, conversing, or talking with someone else.” Well, that’s what communion with God means—a ceaseless “consulting” with Him; a blessed conversation over every problem, concern and difficulty—and every joy and pleasure. A sharing of “one-on-one.”

Amos wrote:

“Do two walk together except they make an appointment and have agreed? Will a lion roar in the forest when he has no prey? Will a young lion cry out of his den if he has taken nothing? Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth where there is no trap for him? Does a trap spring up from the ground when nothing at all has sprung it? Shall a trumpet be blown in the city and the people not be alarmed and afraid? Shall misfortune or evil occur as punishment and the Lord has not caused it? Surely the Lord God will do nothing without revealing His secret to His servants the prophets” —Amos 3:3-7

Look at that. There is a lot to learn in those simple three verses. First, in the 7th verse we see that God has always warned the world of coming judgments. He warned Noah of the coming flood (Genesis 6:13); Abraham and Lot of the future destruction of Sodom (Genesis 18:17; 19:14); Joseph of the seven-year famine (Gen. 41:30); Moses of the ten plagues on Egypt (Exod. 7:1ff.); Jonah of the destruction of Nineveh (Jonah 1:2; 3:4); Amos of the downfall of Syria, Philistia, Tyre, Edom, Ammon, Moab, Judah, and Israel (Amos 1 and 2). Various prophets were told in detail about the final events in connection with the captivities of the chosen people, and in every case the warnings were startlingly executed. Jonah announced the destruction of Nineveh, but judgment was postponed following repentance. When later generations of Ninevites backslid and reverted to extreme wickedness, the warning of Nahum was carried out completely against them. Christ’s coming was foretold throughout the Old Testament, from Genesis to Malachi. Equally plain and inevitable of fulfillment are the warnings of Jesus and the prophets concerning the future that each day comes nearer to every nation on earth.

Back in the 3rd verse, we see that two won’t walk together unless they make an appointment. Well, God made an appointment to meet each sinner at the cross of Calvary, and spiritual communion begins there. In our natural state we are enemies of God, but God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself and that peace was made by the blood of the cross of Jesus. Colossians 1:19-20 says, “God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”

So it all clear on God’s side, and He issues an appeal to His enemies and makes an appointment to meet them at Calvary—the place of reconciliation.

It’s there—in full sight of that wonderful sacrifice—that He brings us into agreement with Himself. First He shows us our sins nailed to the cross (I Peter 2:24), but our salvation goes a whole bunch further than that. We are spared years of struggle and failure if we simply learn—as the converts did in the days of the Apostles—that we were also put to death in the death of Christ. With our past blotted out, we are accounted crucified with the crucified Lord, and from that point on, we are joined to Him and share His very Life. As Paul said, “it is no longer I who lives, it is Christ who lives . . .” That is indeed salvation! As Conybeare says, “Saved by sharing in His life.” (Romans 5:10).

However, as great as that is, you will never realize and experience it in your own life—in all its depth and meaning—you have to yield completely to God (Romans 6:13). How can we hold back anything for ourselves? How can the Lord Jesus dwell in us, and manifest His own life through us, if we won’t give Him the throne?

Our will is all that we really have to give our Lord. He does all the work, if we will just let Him have absolutely right-of-way—complete surrender—no looking back. The reality is we can neither save ourselves or deliver ourselves from our sins. He has redeemed us, and He will do the work in us we need—if, read that in all caps: IF, we give Him entire control. He simply asks us decisively to take sides with Him against everything in us and in our lives, from which He must set us free.

Well so what do I mean? Let me explain. Paul wrote:

Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers do not make mismated alliances with them or come under a different yoke with them, inconsistent with your faith. For what partnership have right living and right standing with God with iniquity and lawlessness? Or how can light have fellowship with darkness?

What harmony can there be between Christ and Belial the devil? Or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?

What agreement can there be between a temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God; even as God said, I will dwell in and with and among them and will walk in and with and among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. So, come out from among unbelievers, and sever your relationships from them, says the Lord, and touch not any unclean thing; then I will receive you kindly and treat you with favor, and I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty —II Corinthians 6:14-18

In short, we need to give ourselves irrevocably into His hands so He can make of us whatever He pleases. By His Grace we must resolve to say, “Yes, Lord” to every indication of His will.

Doulos Studies

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