GOD LIVES IN YOU
We grow in knowing God through Jesus Christ. To see Jesus is to see our Father. It is also to know the nature of Holy Spirit. Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one yet all individual persons. To know God is to share in the life of the trinity and to enjoy the fellowship of those who do the same.
Not a few people think going to church is a relationship with God, or working their butt off doing good things. A real relationship with God is what Jesus had with His Father. Jesus and His Father were one. To see Him was to see His Father. This relationship today is ours. All that Jesus has is yours. You can have this fullness or you can have a skeleton life in church routines and religious postures. But you better cling to them with desperation because that’s all you have.
One with God, the fruit of that union is you. You are alive and you ignite things you touch with infinite life.
We are gifted with Jesus as our life. By agreeing that He is our life we possess His relationship with His Father and Holy Spirit. Christ in you is more than Jesus alone. It is you in constant companionship with the Holy Family.
You can enjoy a constant fellowship with God that is neither pious or religious – but just a joyous celebration of life. There’s a lot to be said for companionship with God as distinct from turning to Him because Aunt Maud is dying or because business is not going well. Not only do you have access to the relationship Jesus had with His Father. You can have the kind of relationship John and Paul had. In this relationship Jesus is your life and religion is not your life. It’s the difference between spirit and life and a dead man talking. It’s not a matter of talk but of ‘being.’ Thomas Torrance writes,
“Strictly speaking, as Irenaeus pointed out, only God can know himself so that it is only through God that God may be known. Since God alone exists within his own eternity and infinity, only he can know himself in a way that is strictly in accordance with who God is, proportionate to his being and commensurate with his nature as God. Hence if we are really to know God it can be only through sharing in some incredible way in the knowledge which God has of himself. That is to say, we can know God only if he brings us into communion with him in the inner relations of his own being as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” (1)
So much for the possibility of a relationship with God through the law. God has joined us to Himself in Jesus Christ, His Son. Jesus is our life in that He is the way to know and the way to be sons and daughters in spirit and in truth.
(1) Torrance, Thomas F.. The Trinitarian Faith: The Evangelical Theology of the Ancient Catholic Church (T&T Clark Cornerstones) (p. 54). Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.