In the metaphors of the church as a bride, a building, and a body, we learn that our life as a community of disciples proceeds from within the life of the God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is only to those in this close, love-trust relationship, that He reveals more of Himself.
If so, is it possible to adequately explain the meaning of this reality to a non-Christian? One of the most instructive biblical illustrations of this knowledge of the Holy One is when Moses asked God to show him His glory.
Many people in addiction recovery can attest to this truth.
Or is it just a biological and genealogical relationship of heritage? But, there is also a special, intimate love that is reserved for those who obey Him. The marriage relationship that Paul employs in Eph.
He had spoken to God face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. Just as our lives depend upon our participation in Christ, so Christians also are called to participate in His sufferings "for the sake of His body, which is the church" Colossians 1: According to Paul, the church is built upon the foundation of Christ, "the chief cornerstone," as well as the apostles and prophets, whose words reveal Christ Ephesians 2: The natural man can understand adherence to a belief-system, or devotion to an ideology or an organization.
We feel connected, if but for an hour or so, with another realm that frees us from our earthy confines. This is why evangelical Christians employ the Biblical terminology of being "born again," to explain the living reality of the personal Spirit of Christ coming to dwell in the spirit of a receptive person in an intrapersonal relationship, and that to engage in a growing and developing interpersonal relationship whereby the living Lord Jesus functions in and through the Christian.
An individual person might consider the historical evidence of a particular event or person, and then relate such to their own situation. Is the legal and contractual relationship between an employer and employee a personal relationship?
In order for the Christian to have a dynamic interpersonal relationship with Jesus Christ it necessitated that Jesus be a living Person. He was willing and desirous of considering the facts of Christian history and theology under the microscope of human reason.
Grant the same for my mate and my children, and for all of the saints in our church. We are His because God made Himself ours. This is only one of the metaphors Scripture uses to describe the church. Did you notice that when God revealed His glory to Moses, He emphasized sovereign election?
It cannot be understood until He, the Person of Christ, is received by faith.
In much of Christian religion today people are told about a relationship to "churchianity" rather than Jesus Christ. Cosmologically, it may the relationship of earth to the sun; or even more extensively it may be the relation or relationship of everything in the universe to a constant such as the speed of light within a vacuumwhich is how Einstein developed his "Theory of Relativity", which was essentially a theory of relationship.
Surely the reader can recognize that I am questioning whether the phrase "personal relationship", as used in the evangelical terminology of contemporary religion, is but the personal affect that Christian history, theology and community have upon a person who consents and assents to relate to such.
Help me to do well in school. Then, we can begin to understand the dynamic function of the Lordship of the Living Lord Jesus, not just as an assent to His being Lord, God, Deity, but as the acceptance of the fact that my life is no longer mine to determine, but is entirely as His disposal and determination.
As the prophet Hosea wrote 6: The intrapersonal and interpersonal relationship of the Christian with Jesus Christ must be recognized as a subjective, internal, spiritual reality, whereby an individual in any age receives the living Spirit of Christ into his or her spirit Rom.
Is that a personal relationship with a particular ideology? All things in creation have been placed "under His feet," for God "gave Him to be head over all things.The closest oneness and intimacy of personal relationship on earth that can be used to picture and describe and explain the oneness and intimacy of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, is the marriage relationship.
Paul refers to God as “the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory.” Whether you take “spirit” in verse 17 to refer to the Holy Spirit or not, the doctrines of the Trinity and of God’s glory are evident in Ephesians 1.
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