Partnership with God

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God has called us into himself in a very real way.

We are not a sinful, failed creation walking alongside a merciful God but through Jesus’ great sacrifice, God has made us his very own righteousness, given us his Spirit - He dwells in us. We are part of the very fabric of God. He has chosen to share his very nature with us.

We belong to God.

He communicates to us, we hear his voice, he guides us by his Spirit and most of all he has assigned us the mystery of greatest value – to walk in partnership with Him.

The first picture we find of this is Adam in the garden before the fall.

Adam communed with the Lord enjoying free exchange of dialogue. Adam had freedom to rule over God’s creation but also a responsibility towards God’s creation – to care for God's creation.

God called Adam to partake, to participate, to commune.

This was a place of deep connection and spiritual relationship – Adam the son of God, created in God’s image and likeness. Adam was God’s representative in the earth, for as long as he was aligned to God's set terms of that partnership.

Those same terms that Adam had are the same that we have - life and death.

We enter into partnership with God through faith in His Son Jesus. Scripture says that those who do not believe in Jesus are condemned already and God’s wrath remains on them. (John 3:18)

Those that believe in Jesus, are made alive to God. (Romans 6)

Their senses are awakened to God’s righteousness, his holiness, his love. A true personal relationship with the creator of the universe begins in this new birth in which God calls us his sons and daughters.

As we walk after the Spirit we enjoy true companionship, fellowship, partnership with the Lord.

"His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” - 2 Peter 1:4

This is a place of glory and victory!

In John 17:20 Jesus says, I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”

Jesus prayed us into this partnership. He walked in perfect partnership with the Father.

This is the place where we are endowed with power, where we express and represent the excellencies of the Kingdom of God, where we reign in life with Jesus Christ.

Walking in partnership with God to do all that God has called us to do and to be all that God has called us to be. To take and maintain territory for His kingdom. Him working in us and with us.

“And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one,..” - John 17:22

Believers in Jesus Christ are of the same glory and nature as the Lord.

One with him and one with the Father.

“But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.” - 1 Corinthians 6:17

There is no divide.