Meaning Of Communion With God
which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship
with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus
Christ. 1 John 1:3.
with God is the life of the soul. It is not something that we cannot interpret,
something that we can clothe with beautiful words but which does not give
us the genuine experience that makes our words of real value. Communion with
God gives a daily experience that does indeed make our joy full.
Those who have this union with Christ will declare it in spirit and word and
work. Profession is nothing unless in word and work good fruit is manifest.
Unity, fellowship with one another and with Christ—this is the fruit
borne on every branch of the living vine. The cleansed soul, born again, has
a clear, distinct testimony to bear. . . .
To know God is, in the scriptural sense of the term, to be one with Him in
heart and mind, having an experimental knowledge of Him, holding reverential
communion with Him as the Redeemer. Only through sincere obedience can this
communion be obtained. Where this communion is lacking, the heart is not in
any sense a temple of God, but is controlled by the foe, who is working out
his own purposes through the human agency. Such a man, whatever his profession
or claims, is not a temple of the Holy Spirit.
The experience is perfected by fruit bearing. He who does not bear good fruit
in words and deeds, in the strength of elevated, ennobling principle, is a
bad tree. The fruit that he bears is unpalatable to God. His professed knowledge
of Christ is a falsehood, a deception. . . .
In the light of the love of Christ, the gospel is an open book. This is the
true light, which Christ came to bring to the world. The Saviour’s true
disciples have received this love. . . .
From the light that God has given me, I know that men’s great danger
is in being self-deceived. Satan is watching his chance. He will come to men
in human form, and will speak to them most entrancing words. He will bring
against them the same temptations that he brought against Christ. Unless their
minds and hearts are filled with the pure, unselfish, sanctified love that
Christ revealed, they will fall under Satan’s power, and will do and
say and write strange things, to deceive, if it were possible, the very elect.
. . .
Following Christ’s example of unselfish service, trusting like little
children in His merits, and obeying His commands, we shall receive the approval
Devotional: Our Father Cares, p. 277.