TRUE CHRISTIANITY IS EXPERIENCED

“The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.”             1 John 1:2 NIV

 

Our experience of Jesus Christ must be based on the biblical revelation of Him. It is both personal and corporate. The personal aspect is evident in the repetition of “we” and “us” in these verses. The apostles knew Christ individually, but also, they shared together in the experience. This experience was progressive or growing. Our experience of Jesus Christ begins with reliable information about Him. This is the historical validation that we’ve already seen. Christianity is not a mystical experience or someone’s subjective ideas about God. Rather, it is an experience rooted in history. God sent His Son at a point in history, in fulfillment of promises that He had made earlier in history. Our experience must be biblically based. This information leads to eternal life. At some point in discovering the historical facts, God opens our eyes to see who Jesus truly is. We see that Jesus is Life, eternal life. This eternal life leads to deepening fellowship with God and with other believers. When we come to know Jesus Christ as our life; it is with God and with one another. True Christianity is an experience rooted in revelation, realized in relationship, with God and with other believers. If we’ve been a Christian for a while, we should know and enjoy fellowship with God more than ever before. We should be deepening our relationships with God’s people. Unless we are in solitary confinement, we cannot be a growing Christian in isolation from other Christians. True Christianity is an experience of fellowship with God and with His people.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Thank You, Lord, for our relationship with You and Your people.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord, may our relationship with You be one of ongoing growth and deepening fellowship with You and Your people. May we never live out our relationship with You in isolation from other Christians. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

Galatians 2:11-14; 2 Peter 3:14-18

 

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