Saturday, June 14, 2014

One with God

Colossians 2:1  For I want you to know how much I am struggling for you, and for those in Laodicea, and for all who have not seen me face to face. 2  I want their hearts to be encouraged and united in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding and have the knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ himself, 3  in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4  I am saying this so that no one may deceive you with plausible arguments. 5  For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, and I rejoice to see your morale and the firmness of your faith in Christ. 6  As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7  rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. 8  See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ. 9  For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10  and you have come to fullness in him, who is the head of every ruler and authority.

Here is an invitation to become part of the Divine: “you have come to fullness in him”. This is clearly not to act and think as if we are God, but is rather the invitation to recognise our unity with the Spirit Who first breathed life into us. Once we admit this, we will then see our unity with every other human being... because we all have been made by God. The dream is for “hearts to be encouraged and united in love. “

Come almighty to deliver
Let us all thy life receive
Suddenly return and never
never more thy temples leave........
Text: Charles Wesley, 1707-1788 

Trinity Sunday
30 The Triune God
The Scripture passage for the day is drawn from Reuben Job and Norman Shawchuck, A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and other Servants, (Nashville, The Upper Room 1983), 190.
This reflection is from my own devotional exercises for the day.

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