“But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him. (I Corinthians 6:17, NAS).”
In the above text, it’s clear that we are the ones who must choose to join together with God as He has already chosen to join together with mankind. Yahweh longs for man to join with Him through free choice, not anything of force stemming from having no alternative.
Like you and I, since we are indeed created in God’s image, God doesn’t any more want slavery-based (forced) relationships than do we. Being forced to love Yeshua or be in relationship with Him isn’t love at all. It’s definitely a relationship of some form, but it is not the desired relationship as found in the deepest of friendships, or even deeper relationships such as marriage. He most earnestly desires a people who love Him for just being Him and to love Him so completely that we choose to completely relinquish ourselves so as to be able to enter into new life with God in Christ while residing on earth dwelling in human form.
To simplify: God cannot commune with flawed man, yet He longs to do so. In order to make that happen, sin had to present itself hence pushing mankind toward choice – the choice of God or Satan. Choosing God requires, not just sacrifice, but the sacrifice of our very life in order to have perfect relationship with God. By choosing death of the old nature, we receive the perfect life of God through Christ (blood transfusion) by receiving into ourselves His Holy Spirit – God’s essence. By receiving Holy Spirit, God can now commune with Himself through mortal man – an earthen vessel.
II Corinthians 4:7-12 (NAS): But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death works in us, but life in you.
We’ll pick up here next week! If you are interested in reading more, check out my website to order my books, or go to my Facebook ministry page where I post regularly. Blessings!
Alexys V. Wolf