2017

20 Jun 2017

God’s presence in us

Holy Communion, the Eucharist, the Lord's Supper – whatever word is used to define the sacrament, given to us by Jesus Christ Himself, its significance in the life of every Christian and the Church stays colossal. The Eucharist is a spiritual sacrament, and what is happening in us, with us and in Heaven at that moment cannot be seen with physical eyes, but in the world of faith at the moment of the Eucharist processes of the greatest importance take place.

On June 18 “Philadelphia” church in Izhevsk had a chance to receive Holy Communion and recall why it is so significant. Senior pastor paid special attention of listeners to the image which Jesus used to depict the mystery of union between believers and Him – the image of the vine and its branches (John 15:4-5). Jesus said that just as the branches remain in unity with the vine and the vine remains in unity with the branches, so we can remain in Him and He can remain in us: “Remain in me, and I also remain in you”. But do we fully understand what it means to remain in Him, and what means the fact that He remains in us? The pastor pointed out that on the pages of the New Testament the meaning of this statement is revealed through different variations of the phrase “in Him”, such as “from Him” (Ephesians 1:11-13), “through Him” (1 Corinthians 1:26-31, Ephesians 2:18), “with Him” (Romans 8:31-32). In Him we are heirs of the eternity, from Him we have wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and atonement, through Him we come to the Father, with Him God gives us everything that we need, any blessings.

As we can see in these verses, remaining of us in Jesus and Him in us gives us wonderful abilities, characteristics and opportunities. However, our pragmatic experience, lack of faith, wrong search of sources can distort and eliminate the right understanding and use of this truth. Remaining of us in Jesus and His presence in us starts from the moment of Birth from Above, i.e. repentance in your sins before God, but after that the person who became a Christian should maintain this state (1 John 2:28), this is an effort from our side. That is why God gave us a lot of ways to do this – these are prayer, studying of His word, communication in church, ministry, and the Eucharist. If we ignore all this, we stop experiencing His presence in us, we lose the confidence to receive His grace, healing and blessings. Senior pastor reminded the believers that in the Word of God it is said: “Whoever is united with the Lord is one with Him in Spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:17). It means that everything that is in Jesus becomes available for us. But to understand the reality of this in our earthly lives, we need earthly images that help us understand the mystery of God’s presence in us. The Eucharist is actually the event when through the images of wine and bread, through communion of Christ’s body and blood, we can experience the manifested presence of God in us and realize how the unseen spiritual processes work here on earth.

 

Dilyara Porseva



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