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Being and Becoming…Concluded

 

You will never know the weight and significance of who you are apart from knowing the weight and significance of why you are. And the why of your life is all summed up in the heart of the Father who purposed your existence, and gives meaning to every part of it. So then, as before, as always, you will never know who you are until you know who the Father is, but you will never know who the Father is until you walk in the identity of the Son.

Why am I so resolute on that statement? Because the love God predestined you in (Ephesians 1:5) is the same love He predestined you for. In short, He created you for deep fellowship with Himself. However, God is holy. He is so set apart–so otherly to our ways, our thinking, and our comprehension–that it is impossible for us to know Him unless He chose to reveal Himself to us. So then, according to the purpose of His own will (Ephesians 1:9), God sent His Son into the world (John 3:17), and it is this Son who has made Him known (John 1:18). You see, all the fullness of who God is, is in Christ Jesus (Colossians 2:9). So if you have seen the Son, you have seen the Father (John 14:9).

Things could be wrapped up neatly right there, except for one complication…in the last two millennia, barring a dream or vision, no one has actually seen Jesus. Think about this, all things were created through Jesus, and for Him. Since this is the case, everything finds its significance in Him–especially those of us who have not just been created through Him, but have also united ourselves with Him to become sons and daughters of God. But this Man through whom our identity comes is actually unknowable…that is unless the heart, mind, and will of that Man could somehow be made accessible to us. And while most might conclude here that I am referring to the Bible, that actually isn’t the point I’m trying to make.

You see, in John chapter 6 Jesus said, “My words are spirit and life…” But before that, He said, “It is the Spirit alone who gives life…” (verse 63). It is the Spirit who reveals the depths of God (1 Corinthians 2:10). It is the Spirit who guides us into all truth (John 16:13). And it is the Spirit who declares to us everything that is of Christ (John 16:14). I am not diminishing the power of the word, but I am saying that we are powerless to understand it apart from the leading of the Holy Spirit. And if we don’t read the Bible with this understanding, we tend to read about Christ instead of reading into Him.

As I have said before, every bit of life in Christ is in life by the Spirit. The Father is revealed in the Son,  but the Son is revealed in us by the Spirit. There is no revelation of God into our lives apart from the active working of the Holy Spirit. But here is the thing I want you to embrace: there is no becoming like Christ–no revealing Him and His Kingdom–apart from our active participation with the work of the Spirit. Because, whereas salvation is based on what God has done for us, intimacy is based on what we do with Him.

The price God paid to put His Spirit inside of us was the blood of His own Son. The intimacy and fellowship we have with Him because of His Spirit is the why of our existence. So then, let us live by the Spirit. Amen.

-JG-

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