God's Incarnational Speaking
Our final Fellowship Night message of the semester, based on our recent Bible study readings in 1 Corinthians 6 and 7, dealt with the theme "Being One Spirit with the Lord to Attain the Highest Spirituality." In 1 Corinthians 7, Paul writes, "I think that I also have the Spirit of God," and in this chapter we can see how such a union with God in the spirit manifested itself in Paul’s speaking. As "one who has been shown mercy by the Lord to be faithful" (v. 25), he communicated the very words of God because he was fully attuned to the indwelling Spirit. I appreciated the marvelous union which God has with each and every believer! As the message brought out, God manifests Himself in an incarnational way in the New Testament. Just as Christ the Word "became flesh and tabernacled among us" (John 1:14), so also God is pleased to become one spirit with each of His saints (1 Cor. 15:45b; 6:17), to live in them and manifest Himself in them so that their lives and words express the indwelling God to those around them! Just as Jesus’ speaking inspired astonishment among the people who heard the gracious words from His lips that manifested God, so our words should express the "manifold wisdom of God" (Eph. 3:10) who lives in us by His Spirit. Praise God for His life in us today!