As we worked through 1 Samuel 4 this Sunday we focused on the presence of God and our privilege of believers of free and full access to His presence. This access to God's presence has both an objective facet to it- we stand at all times in a deep and personal relationship with God- and a subjective facet to it- we enjoy God's presence as we engage in prayer, lift our voices in song, drink of the word, soak in God's promises and gather with God's people.
I thought I'd share a few verses that have been rattling through my mind this last week on this whole idea of our access to God's presence and our enjoyment of His presence.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. -Matthew 5:8
And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. -John 17:3
The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. -John 17:22-24
For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. -Ephesians 2:14-18
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. -Philippians 1:21-23
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. -Colossians 3:1-4
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, -1 Peter 3:18