He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
Romans 8:32, NKJV
Leonard Ravenhill once shared a conversation he had with A.W. Tozer:
I think again of a statement A.W. Tozer made to me once. He said, “Len, you know, we’ll hardly get our feet out of time into eternity that we’ll bow our heads in shame and humiliation. We’ll gaze on eternity and say, ‘Look at all the riches there were in Jesus Christ, and I’ve come to the Judgment Seat almost a pauper.’” For God had not only given us Jesus Christ—He has with Him freely given us all things.
We were born for divine fellowship. We were intentionally designed spirit, soul, and body to have communion with God as humans. After all, Christ came to restore us back to God, and now divine communication should be a part of our daily life. How do you start your day? I’m not talking about how much time you spend reading the Word or how many chapters of the Bible you read. Before your feet hit the ground, are you aware of God in your life? Do you greet Him in the morning? Do you think about Him before you go to sleep? Most of us never give much thought to divine communion except for Sundays, and if we do, it’s out of need. I wonder what would happen if someone you cared about deeply only spoke to you when they needed something.
We were made for continual communication with the Creator of all things. As believers we rejoice that we are born again. We thank God for Jesus who became our sacrifice and took the punishment of our sin. However, Christianity does not end there, it only begins. The New Testament writers describe this continual communication and life with God in the fullness of the Spirit.
Consider what Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 5:23: “May your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless…” We are intricately designed as a tripartite creation. Consider the tabernacle of the Old Testament and how it was comprised likewise: outer court, inner court, and holy of holies. Our outer court (our bodies) containing our senses, the inner court (our soul) which contains our mind, will and emotions, and the holy of holies (our spirit person). We are spirits who have souls and live in bodies. God dwells in the spirit, the “self” dwells in the soul, and the senses dwell in the body.
In the world in which we live, we spend more time and energy on our natural man—the soul and body, and we often do not nurture and develop our spirit man. Our spirit man is where communion with God begins. This is not to say we are to ignore our soul and body; Paul says that all three should be preserved blameless. This is why we need the fullness of the Spirit in all areas of our lives.
Our body must be disciplined and our soul must be sanctified. Our body is offered as a sacrifice of worship, and our soul must be transformed from glory to glory. Our spirit man must continually be nourished by feasting on God and drinking of the waters of life. We must be continually filled by drinking of the spiritual waters of life (Ephesians 5:18). This journey of discipleship, sanctification, drinking and feasting are living a life in communion with God.