1Corinthians 6:17, “But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.”
True religion is not found merely in external duties and acts of devotion. It is not found solely in intellectual understanding, nor in rapturous displays of emotion. These examples can all be faked, many of these are displayed in the most wicked of lives. Just look at the Pharisees. True religion, at its core, is what Paul speaks of here, the life of God in the soul of man. It is a union of the soul with God, a rejoining of the life to Christ through repentance and faith in the cross. Colossians 1:27 says that Christ ‘in’ us is the hope of glory.
It is not our works, or words, but the reality of the presence of Jesus Christ within us. It is His holy life, His nature imparted within me. This cannot be faked, you either have it or you don’t. In Romans 8:16, Paul teaches us about the witness of the Holy Spirit, which this joining produces. It is the testimony of a clear conscience before God, and of an upright life. It is an inner life of holiness displayed outwardly as it defines everything we do. Simply, look at what you did last night. Did you spend your time in careful study of scripture, prayer, or Christ centered discussion? Or In front of the T.V., watching some godless program? Now one might say this is too much, but look at what else Paul says in regards to this life within us, earlier on in Romans 8, v. 5-8. He says that those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, in v. 6 he says to be carnally minded (which is to have the mind of the flesh) is death, and in v. 7 and 8 he closes this thought stating that this mind is in warfare with God, and that the individual in this state cannot please God. No acts of devotion, no outward works matter here, for those in the flesh cannot please God.
We must be joined to Him, as Peter says, being made a partaker of the Divine Nature. The life of Christ in me produces this nature, and God’s nature is holiness, not worldliness. An inner, vital spiritual union with God is the goal of the Christian, counting all as loss to attain this. I must come to the end of myself, and surrender my all to Christ. Jesus cannot merely be a part of my life, He must be my life. And I willingly forsake all else that is not of Him. All sin, all self, anything, I cast it away lest it stop me from entering His blessed presence. More than that, I cast it away, for I love God with all my heart, I love Him more than myself, and so I willingly do those things that are pleasing to Him. The true, born again experience produces this life. I cease to exist, only Christ lives. Friends, nothing in this life compares to the majesty of knowing God, and all those who have truly experienced God know this. If you lack this true experience, then seek God until He pours Himself into your life. Cast all else away, knowing God is the greatest.
In the love of Christ, and all for His glory, Brother Benjamen