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Intimacy With Christ (16 of 70)
Series: Mark - God's Message for Today
Genesis 2:25 speaks of those wonderful, innocent days in the Garden of Eden. It says, "Both the man and His wife were naked, yet they felt no shame." As a child and even a teenager, I didn't understand the significance of that phrase. I submit that verse has several deeply spiritual lessons. First, it speaks of sinless perfection. They were not ashamed because they had no sin, nothing to be ashamed of, and were holy and pure. But in this picture we see a snapshot of truth about every person. We stand naked before God. No clothes, no fig-leaves, no covering of skins (like God made to cover their sins), and no place to hide. God sees us just as you are! NOTE: There is a great difference in being seen and being "intimate".
This is a picture that many folks miss about that Genesis passage. Intimacy (simply put) is "the joy of know someone fully and being known by the without the fear of rejection." It is sad to say, but many married couples never achieve intimacy. Yes, they may be intimate, but they never achieve intimacy.
For the child of God, having an intimate relationship with Christ is the way to health, hope, and even happiness. That's why Paul said, "I want to KNOW Christ." When you know a person, you can recognize their voice, their ways, their, their thinking, and actions. A few days ago we celebrated being married for 38 years. Today, we can finish each other's sentences.
The question for you today is this: Do "I" have an intimate relationship with Christ?
It begins at salvation at a point in time. Compare it to your wedding. The wedding is the first step and them the work begins. Yes, developing an intimate relationship is work. It's available, but it's not automatic. Many walked an aisle many years ago and have not taken another step toward Christ since then. James questions whether that is a saving faith.
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