My Mystical Union With Christ

     Jesus spoke to His disciples about the Spirit of truth. He began by encouraging them that, "If you love me, then keep my commandments, my teachings". The proof of our love for Christ is not our oral profession, but our living obedience. The proof of our love for Jesus is not sentimental, but is expressed by keeping His commands and by responding to all that He taught with faith and obedience. To accomplish this Jesus said that He would send us a helper, an advocate, the Comforter. This helper is suggested to be one who will minimize our struggle to obey Christ's teachings. Jesus said He would not leave us orphans but would send us the Comforter so that we could have a mystical union with Christ; that is a supernatural expression within us of Christ's union in us, both with God the Son and God the Father.

     How does the promise of the Holy Spirit help us in our lives? What are the attributes that best describe the function of the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is our counselor or comforter living within us. He teaches us all things and reminds us of Jesus' teachings. The Holy Spirit's attributes are many - counselor, helper, the Spirit of truth, comforter, advocate, encourager, witness. All of these attributes define the benefit to us that the Holy Spirit provides.

     Do not discount the power of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer. Our lives are now divinely inspired as well as natural. Our lives are mystical in that the power of the Holy Spirit will tell us how then we should live our lives. Our mystical union with Christ is our greatest advantage to live lives pleasing to God. Jesus said, "If you love me keep my commandments, my teachings". To keep His commandments and teachings is only possible when the grace of God has saved us and the power of the Holy Spirit has empowered us to live a life in obedience to God. Oh, where would we be without the presence of the Holy Spirit within us?

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, to be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth”  (Acts 1:8).

Jim LetiziaComment