Communion with God (40)

Requires a WAY.

There must be a way wherein we must walk with God. Christ stated clearly that he is the way, who has set apart for that purpose “a new and living way” into the holiest of all (Heb. 10:20); a new one, for the first, old one was useless; a living one, for the other (The Law summarised in the Ten Commandments) is dead: therefore, says he, “Let us draw near” (v. 22); having a way to walk in, let us draw near. “I am the way; and no man comes to the Father but by me” (John 14:6). He is the medium of all communication between God and us. In him we meet; in him we walk. All influences of love, kindness, mercy, from God to us, are through him; all our returns of love, delight, faith, obedience unto God, are all through him—he being that “one way” God so often promises his people: and it is a glorious way (Isaiah 35:8)—a high way, a way of holiness, a way that none can err in that once enter it; which is further set out (Isaiah 42:16). All other ways, all paths but this, go down to the chambers of death; they all lead to walk contrary to God.

Furthermore:

Further excerpts from John Owen’s book:

“If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth,” 1 John 1:6. “He that saith, I know him” (I have communion with him), “and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him,”1 John 2:4. The love of the world and of the Father dwell not together. And if this be so, how many that go under the name of Christians, come short of the truth of it! How unacquainted are the generality of professors with the mystery of this communion, and the fruits of it! Do not many very evidently hold communion with their lusts and with the world, and yet would be thought to have a portion and inheritance among them that are sanctified? They have neither new name nor white stone, and yet would be called the people of the Most High. May it not be said of many of them, rather, that God is not in all their thoughts, than that they have communion with him? The Lord open the eyes of men, that they may see and know that walking with God is a matter not of form, but power! In other words many who profess to be Christians, attend church etc are not at all God’s people!-JK

This ends Part One of communion with the Father.

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