Communion with God
Man is created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). We were made to have fellowship with God. As the church father Augustine said: the heart of man is restless until it finds rest in God. Without communion and fellowship with God our hearts will remain restless and confused. In fact, without them we are spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1-3). But anyone who has been born from heaven and has the Holy Spirit of God within him knows that there is nothing as precious and valuable as to have regular communion with God. It is difficult to describe to an unbeliever what it means to have communion with God. One thing can be said: it is a wonderful, priceless experience. To have the Creator of the universe inside of you is an experience!
The purpose of our salvation, the purpose of being alive, the purpose for which Jesus Christ left heaven and died a cruel death on the cross 2,000 years ago for His people, is that the triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, would make their home within us. Missing this end is to miss the end and purpose of the gospel and the goal of life itself! What a tragedy it is for a human being to die without having union and communion with God! What does it matter to have children and a spouse and a good job and a nice house and all your heart’s desire in terms of wealth and possessions and fame and success, if you have no fellowship with your Maker and Savior? The tragedy beyond all tragedies is not to have daily communion with your Maker!
Jesus said that this communion is indeed is the goal of the gospel:
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” (John 14:15-17, 23 ESV)
Note that we don’t only have fellowship and communion with the Holy Spirit as believers. We are not only in-dwelt by the Holy Spirit. When Christ is received as Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ and the Father come and dwell in us as well! This is what the apostle Paul also revealed in his letter to the Ephesians:
“There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:4-6 ESV)
If you as a believer know this sweet communion with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit you will want other people to experience it as well! And this can only be experienced if you know your sins are forgiven through the blood of Jesus Christ. And once this sweet communion has been experienced with God through faith in Jesus, it is only maintained as we live in obedience to God and His commands and as we walk in the light as God is in the light (1 John 1:7). We only have fellowship with God if we walk in the light as God is in the light. And as we said earlier, we walk in the light only when we keep confessing our sins to God and to other people, when necessary, and as God forgives our sins. There is no other way to maintain fellowship with God and to maintain and cultivate communion with God.
The goal of our existence is to maintain fellowship with God at all costs, that is, to obey his commands and instructions. If believers refuse to obey his commands God will discipline them (Hebrews 12:5-11) until they obey. And one of these commands is to evangelize and share his gospel (Ephesians 6:15; Luke 14:21-23; Mark 16:15). I know from experience that when I go out and evangelize, I experience God’s presence with me. I experience communion with God when I am set on sharingthe good news. But when I am slack in sharing the gospel or when I neglect this duty, I start to lose my fellowship with God and do not sense his nearness.
The goal of evangelism or making God known is not only that other people can experience the everlasting enjoyment of being in union with God and experience communion with God, but it is also so that we as children of God can maintain communion with God. Communion and union with God were lost through the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden but has been regained through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ! Glory be to God for his salvation!
Two ways of maintaining this communion is by reading, studying and meditating on God’s Word day and night (Psalm 1:1-4) and by praying without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:16). As we keep on reading and studying the Bible and asking for God’s help, he will show us his will and by His grace give us the power to obey him by the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8).
Dear reader, are you having daily communion with God?
Are you obeying his command to love your neighbor as yourself?
Are you allowing the Holy Bible, given to us by the Holy Spirit, to dictate and control your thinking, feeling, speaking and behavior?