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Some of the definitions for the word communion are: Exchange of thoughts and feelings; intimate talk; fellowship; things held in common; union; spiritual relationship; and of course the one we are most familiar with – sharing in the Lord’s Supper. These are all part of an intimate relationship and the kind we should enjoy with our God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
God has provided the way for this communion to take place, and as usual Satan has his counterfeit substitutes; we will briefly examine these two opposing ways and means in this article.
JOHN 14:15-24.... If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever–the Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart), because it does not see Him or know and recognize Him. But you know and recognize Him, for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you.
18I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, helpless]; I will come [back] to you. Just a little while now, and the world will not see Me any more, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. At that time [when that day comes] you will know [for yourselves] that I am in My Father, and you [are] in Me, and I [am] in you.
21The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.] Judas, not Iscariot, asked Him, Lord, how is it that You will reveal Yourself [make Yourself real] to us and not to the world? Jesus answered, If a person [really] loves Me, he will keep My word [obey My teaching]; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home (abode, special dwelling place) with him. Anyone who does not [really] love Me does not observe and obey My teaching. And the teaching which you hear and heed is not Mine, but [comes] from the Father Who sent Me.
Those who love the Lord and keep His Word are the ones Jesus has promised to reveal Himself to. The Holy Spirit that Jesus promised above to send is the primary agent of this communion; God’s Word is the second, and our faith is a third ingredient. The writer of the book of Hebrews defines faith in this way. "Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]. For by [faith--trust and holy fervor born of faith] the men of old had divine testimony borne to them and obtained a good report. By faith we understand that the worlds [during the successive ages] were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible" (Heb. 11:1-3). And we are reminded, "But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out]" (Heb. 11:6).
JEREMIAH 31:31-34.... Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, [Luke 22:20; 1 Cor. 11:25] not according to the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was their Husband, says the Lord. But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel: After those days, says the Lord, I will put My law within them, and on their hearts will I write it; and I will be their God, and they will be My people. And they will no more teach each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, Know the Lord, for they will all know Me [recognize, understand, and be acquainted with Me], from the least of them to the greatest, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will [seriously] remember their sin no more. [Heb. 8:8-12; 10:16,17]
Notice above that when the Word of God is in their hearts, they will know God, no one will have to tell them about God because God’s Word has made Him intimately known unto them personally. This is what takes place in God’s people today when they read God’s Word and it becomes a living reality in their hearts, convincing them that what God has said is true; then, because of their new faith, "being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality," they begin to communion with God with thanksgiving and praise in a very meaningful way.
Therefore, if we desire communion with God; the Holy Spirit will do His part, the Word of God will do its part, and our part is to prayerfully read and meditate upon God’s Word until we become convinced in our hearts of its truth so that we are enabled to see, hear and even taste God with our soul and spirit – "O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good! Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts and takes refuge in Him" (Ps. 34:8; Jn. 6:48-63). This is food, health and nourishment for our soul and spirit that can be obtained in no other way, and this is God’s primary way for us to communicate with Him.
Satan hates for people to communicate with God in the above manner, therefore, he has devised methods and technics that he hopes to entice people into using instead of the way that God has established. People who use Satan’s methods open up and expose themselves to evil deceiving spirits, and is something that God has strictly forbidden His people to use for obvious reasons, see Deut. 18:9-22. If you wish to review some of Satan’s methods and technics, see our website page Satan’s Vast Network Of Deception & Opposition.
Religion, methods and technics are man’s inventions that too often, knowingly or unknowingly, soon begin to incorporate some of Satan’s deceptive ways and means. God does not employ religion, methods and technics in our communicating with Him or the work for Him that we do, you will not find them in His Word; instead He requires faith, trust and reliance upon Him completely. With Jesus as our example consider John 5:19, 30; "So Jesus answered them by saying, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the Son is able to do nothing of Himself (of His own accord); but He is able to do only what He sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does is what the Son does in the same way [in His turn]. . . . I am able to do nothing from Myself [independently, of My own accord--but only as I am taught by God and as I get His orders]. Even as I hear, I judge [I decide as I am bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me, so I give a decision], and My judgment is right (just, righteous), because I do not seek or consult My own will [I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose] but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me."
In order to have this kind of faith in God we need to be fully convinced and assured that what Jesus taught us in chapters 14 through 17 of the Gospel of John is true of us, this knowledge and understanding will help or enable us to have the confidence to put our faith, trust and reliance completely upon God. Being built up in Christ in this way, we have no need or right to consult a method or technic, but rather we are to consult with God, Jesus did and He never failed. Jesus never used a method or technic or set out on His own, but He waited to see and hear from God before He acted. God says; "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts" (Isa. 55:8-9). When we use methods and technics, we are rejecting God’s proven way for our own which may initially seem to produce the results we want, but will eventually cause us to lose God’s support because He cannot bless our rejection of His ways; this applies both to our communion with Him and our service to Him.
God’s way of faith, trust and reliance upon Christ is completely contrary and opposed to man’s way; take Cain for an example. "And Adam knew Eve as his wife, and she became pregnant and bore Cain; and she said, I have gotten and gained a man with the help of the Lord. And [next] she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground. And Abel brought of the firstborn of his flock and of the fat portions. And the Lord had respect and regard for Abel and for his offering, [Heb. 11:4] but for Cain and his offering He had no respect or regard. So Cain was exceedingly angry and indignant, and he looked sad and depressed. And the Lord said to Cain, Why are you angry? And why do you look sad and depressed and dejected? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you, but you must master it. And Cain said to his brother, Let us go out to the field. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him" (Gen. 4:1-8). Cain wanted to substitute his way for God’s way, and God would not and will not go along with it. This is a clear example of what happens to those who reject God’s ways and continue to go their own way – they eventually lose out completely with God, read the rest of the story! A secondary lesson we can learn from this episode is that those who reject God’s ways will eventually come to hate those who remain true to God, and will be tempted to lash out at the faithful.
This is a true account that occurred at the beginning of history, and one that has been repeated down through history on many occasions. It is happening today in many places and its occurrence is increasing as Satan gains more and more control over this world system. This tendency to use man-made gimmicks is the norm for most of the world, and the Church has conformed to this worldly practice instead of being transformed by the renewing of their minds by the Word of God. "I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]" (Rom. 12:1-2).
PSALM 17:4-15.... Concerning the works of men, by the word of Your lips I have avoided the ways of the violent (the paths of the destroyer). My steps have held closely to Your paths [to the tracks of the one Who has gone on before]; my feet have not slipped. I have called upon You, O God, for You will hear me; incline Your ear to me and hear my speech. Show Your marvelous loving-kindness, O You Who save by Your right hand those who trust and take refuge in You from those who rise up against them. Keep and guard me as the pupil of Your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings from the wicked who despoil and oppress me, my deadly adversaries who surround me. They are enclosed in their own prosperity and have shut up their hearts to pity; with their mouths they make exorbitant claims and proudly and arrogantly speak. They track us down in each step we take; now they surround us; they set their eyes to cast us to the ground, like a lion greedy and eager to tear his prey, and as a young lion lurking in hidden places.
13Arise, O Lord! Confront and forestall them, cast them down! Deliver my life from the wicked by Your sword, from men by Your hand, O Lord, from men of this world [these poor moths of the night] whose portion in life is idle and vain. Their bellies are filled with Your hidden treasure [what You have stored up]; their children are satiated, and they leave the rest [of their] wealth to their babes. As for me, I will continue beholding Your face in righteousness (rightness, justice, and right standing with You); I shall be fully satisfied, when I awake [to find myself] beholding Your form [and having sweet communion with You].