Last week, we kicked things off with a little quiz to assess your Bible literacy. Then we delved into how to get more Bibleishness into our lives. Next, we boiled the Bible down to one noun: JESUS. Then one verb: LOVE. And then the job description for every Christian: BELIEVE. And yesterday we discussed the only thing that matters, according to the Bible: FAITH EXPRESSING ITSELF IN LOVE.
Today, we’ll focus on another big-picture word: RELATIONSHIP.
At its ♥, Christianity isn’t a religion. It’s a relationship. We can actually know God.
Being a Christian doesn’t mean following a bunch of rules and regulations. It means being part of the most loving family in the history of the universe. The Bible says:
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (1 John 3:1)
God doesn’t want us just to know about Him. Or simply to be with Him. He wants us to go much deeeeeeper than that. He wants the closest, most intimate relationship imaginable. He wants us to be IN him.
It’s mind-blowing but it’s true. Here’s what the Bible says …
Remain in me, and I will remain in you. (John 15:4)
For in him we live and move and have our being. (Acts 17:28)
For in him you have been enriched in every way. (1 Corinthians 5:1)
Be found in him. (Philippians 3:9)
If you really want to get into God, get into the book of Ephesians. It’s inundated with “in” …
He chose us in him before the creation of the world. (1:4)
In him we have redemption through his blood. (1:7)
You were also included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. (1:13)
Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit. (1:14)
God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. (2:6)
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. (2:13)
In him, the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (2:21-22)
In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. (3:12)
Over and over the Bible tells us to trust in God, to hope in Him, to believe in Him.
Starting to get the picture?
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