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Communion with God

Text: (John 14:15-24 NIV)

I.      Communion Offered Through The Given Counselor

15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

A.    Offered To those who Love Christ

1.     A Love Expressed in Obedience

2.     A Love responded to by Christ

B.    Offered for a specific purpose

1.     To come to believers in Person

2.     To Counsel Believers in Truth

C.    Off Limits to the World

1.     Cannot Accept Him

a)       Does not See Him

b)       Does not Know Him

II.    Communion Open Through The Revealed Christ

18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”

A.    Christ Revealed to His own

1.      In An Extended Relationship

2.     In An Exclusive Relationship

3.     In An Enlivening Relationship

B.    Christ Revealed in Fellowship

1.     A Fellowship of Unity

2.     A Fellowship in Authority

3.     A Fellowship of Intimacy

III.   Communion Unknown Through The Hidden Christ

22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?” 23 Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

A.    Hidden to Hearts Closed to Love for Christ

1.     Failure to Love Jesus

2.     Forfeiting the Fellowship of the Father

B.    Hidden to Ears Closed to the Authority of Christ

1.     Refusing the Teaching of Jesus

2.     Rejecting the Authority of the Father

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