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Keeping it Real

Marcel Sanchez - Tuesday, October 16, 2012
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  (John 1:1)

The Kingdom of God is eternal.  Jesus had no beginning and has no end.  Before this world was created, He ruled and shared the glory of Heaven’s throne with the Father and the Holy Spirit in eternity past.  Although Jesus is a distinct person from God the Father, He always shared God’s qualities and His divine nature (Hebrews 1:3; Philippians 2:6).  The Apostle John wrote, “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).

Jesus enjoyed a divine fellowship with the Father, a shared relationship, which was spiritually fruitful, relationally profound and perfectly aligned.  This communion was both unique and transparent.  It went way beyond anything that we could possibly create on our own.  This powerful relationship produced a unique splendor that radiated throughout all of Heaven.  Now we have the opportunity to experience God’s Kingdom everyday as we allow God’s presence to flow through our lives.

Before enduring the cross, Jesus prayed, “And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed” (John 17:5, ESV).  In another translation it reads, “Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began” (John 17:5, NLT).  Jesus longed to reunite Himself with the glory of the Father to once again experience the majesty and beauty of their fellowship in Heaven.  This idea of a shared relationship is available and extended every believer.

Read: Open your Bible and read Hebrews 1:3 and Philippians 2:6Reflect: Prayerfully consider the following:

·       What new habits do you need to create to improve your relationship with God and with others around you?

·       Do you enjoy your relationship with God?  What is it that you desire the most?  How have you communicated this to Him?

·       Since God is a ruler of an Eternal Kingdom, what encouragement and hope does that provide for your life?

Respond: In prayer, ask, “Lord, what do I need to change starting today as a result of these truths?  What action steps should I take?”