In Communion with God John Owen states, “Our communion with God consists in his communication of himself to us, with our return to him of that which he requires and accepts, flowing from that union which in Jesus Christ we have with him.”
“You need help.” These words can elicit a strong reaction. They are easier to hear in the form of a question: “Do you need help?”
We who are rooted in Christ also have every spiritual blessing in him in the heavenly places (Eph. 1:3). We need not fear because we already have every blessing. Paul says in his letter to the Ephesians that before the world was even formed, God the Father chose us, adopted us as his children, and lavished every spiritual blessing on us (Eph. 1:3–5).
In Matthew 12:22–31, after Jesus had just cast a demon out of a man, the Pharisees accuse him of using the power of Satan to do so. In response, Jesus first points out that this is not only illogical, for what kingdom divides against itself (v. 26), but that his signs, done in the power of God’s Spirit, actually reveal that God’s kingdom has entered into their reality and is standing before them (v. 28).
Editor’s Note: The following is an edited transcript of the answer Pastor Adriel Sanchez gave in response to a caller’s question, “What is the biblical response to racism? How should Christians respond to oppression?” which aired on the Core Christianity Radio show on June 4, 2020. Listen to the entire episode here: Episode 459: How […]