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Saturday, November 19, 2011

To Be One

When Christ was leaving His followers He said a prayer in John 17 that brings tears to my eyes every time I read it. He told the Father that He did not desire to take His followers out of this world, but that they may become One with He and the Father. What a prayer! That mere humans could possibly become One with God. This has to be possible because Jesus is not one to waste words. God is not a man that He should lie.


There is a picture of this in the book of Revelation. John the beloved saw in his visions One who was walking among the candlesticks; the seven churches; both then and now, the corporate invisible Church that has always existed since His going back to heaven.


Revelation 1:19,20 says, " Write these things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter (our time); The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in My right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlestick which thou sawest are the seven churches."


Chapter 2 gives further explaination, " Unto the angel of the church of Epesus write: These things saith He that holdeth the seven stars in His right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven candlesticks..."


Christ is seen here walking among the candlesticks, the church. He has promised us that He would never leave us alone. He is with us always, even to the end. Before His coming God dwelt in the Temple in Jerusalem. the Bible speaks of His coming down at the dedication of King Solomon's Temple and His glory being so intense that the Priests could not even minister; the glory, the weightiness was so intense.


God does not dwell in temples today. He dwells in His children. Where we are, He is. He ministers to a lost world through us. We are His representatives. It must be possible for us to be One with Him or Christ would not have made that request before His Assention.


Colossians 1:21 says, " To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ..."


It is possible. We do not live by human feeling or emotion. The enemy of our souls will throw everything in his arsenal at us to keep us from believing this possiblity. Do not fall for his lies. We are being changed daily into the image of Christ. Believe what Christ says, it is possible and it is happening even now.


He is our hope and the hope of the world. Continue to fight the good fight of faith until that great day when we see Him face to face!

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