For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will — to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. (Ephesians 1:4-6 NIV)
The other week, when Barry Adams spoke about our Divine Union on the Fatherheart.TV webcast, he talked about us abiding in the vine. This is a great picture of our union with Jesus, in the Father. The point which Barry was drawing out of this was that our remaining (or abiding) requires nothing other than to be totally dependent on the source of life. No striving or performance is necessary as all we do is rest in him.
One time I did a study on the phrase "in Christ". I was amazed at how many times Paul mentions this throughout the course of his letters. It struck me how important it is for us to understand the reality of what he is talking about. As you read Ephesians 1 & 2 you see the incredible gift that is ours, through Christ; it is a promise of belonging and blessing, of rest and provision.
Those two words, "in Christ", speak volumes. Where Christ is, we are. He has returned to the bosom of the Father, to his true home and we too can discover that the bosom of the Father is our home. He is seated in the Heavenly realms and we are there, sat down at his side. The Amplified version says we 'have joint seating' with Christ, that means we're on the throne next to him. He lives in an intimacy of relationship with the Father and so do we.
I would encourage you to read any of Paul's letters and you will see for yourself the amazing inheritance that is ours as we ponder what being 'in Christ' really means. It means that there is a Heavenly reality for us to step into, it is the way we are truly seen by the Father,. As we allow God to be a Father to us we find ourselves looking upward rather than being consumed by our earthly struggles. He is the perfect Father and he wants to be a Father to YOU.
"One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple." (Psalm 27:4 NIV)
The next Fatherheart 'A' School in the UK is in July at Cloverley Hall in Shropshire. This is an opportunity for you to experience Father's love and to know his comforting love filling your heart. All the details together with an online booking form are at http://fhmaschool.uk You are all very welcome.