23rd October 2014

A Love Relationship

“God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”
1 Corinthians 1:9 (NIVUK)

It is natural for people to ponder the meaning of life. What is the purpose of life? Why were we born? Why are we here on this comparatively small planet called earth?

For those who believe what is written in the Bible, the answer to the above questions has been revealed. And it is all centred on Jesus Christ, who “is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:15-17). “All things” include the human family. We have been created to be in a brotherly, friendship and love relationship with the very Son of God. And we have been included and accepted in the relationship that he has with the Father and the Spirit.

Believers are then invited to his wedding: “Then the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’ And he added, ‘These are the true words of God.’” (Revelation 19:9). Fellowship with Jesus the Son also includes loving and serving one another, the children of God, for Christ lives in them. How can we know for certain that we are called into fellowship with Jesus and invited to his wedding as the bride of Christ? If we believe, as the apostle Peter writes, that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God (Matthew 16:16), then a miracle has happened to us and we are the recipients of the gift of faith and God’s grace. Just like Peter, no human spiritual leader revealed that understanding to us. Moses, Elijah, John the Baptist, none of these biblical leaders revealed to Peter that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. It was the Father who opened Peter’s mind to the reality of the identity of Jesus Christ. It has been the same with all believers ever since. Only the Father can reveal to us that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. (John 6:44, 65). He is the One who initiates the call to fellowship with the Son whom he loves, and instructs us to listen to him. (Mark 9:7).

That is the purpose of us being here on earth, a love relationship with the Son of God. After all, he first loved us! Because God is faithful, he will never leave nor forsake us, he will always be with us as we grow into fellowship with Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul understood the importance of this relationship with Jesus. “But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.” (Philippians 3:7–8). As we make this amazing and special calling our first and most important priority, then everything else will fall into place.

Prayer
Thank you Father, for calling us into a love relationship with your Son, our Saviour, who sacrificed his life so that we can have fellowship with himself, you, the Spirit and one another.
Amen

Study by Sherwin Scott

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sherwinscott1About the Author: Sherwin Scott is a Deacon in the Grace Communion in Lewes.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Lewes
The Priory School
Mountfield Road
LEWES
BN7 2XN

Meeting time:
Saturday 11:00am L

ocal Congregational Contact:
Hilary Buck
Email: hilarybucksbox@mypostoffice.co.uk

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