Thursday, April 26, 2012
Piper on communion with God
Communion refers to God's communication and presentation of himself to us, together with our proper response to him with joy. We say "with joy" because it would not be communion if God revealed himself in total wrath and we were simply terrified. That would be true revelation and a proper response, but it would not be communion.
Communion assumes that God comes to us in love and that we respond joyfully to the beauty of his perfections and the offer of his fellowship.He may sometimes come with a rod of discipline. But even in our tears we can rejoice in our Father's loving discipline (Heb. 12:6-11). Communion with God may lay us in ashes or make us leap. But it never destroys our joy. It is our joy (Ps. 43:4).
(Grudem, Wayne A., C. John Collins, and Thomas R. Schreiner. Understanding Scripture: An Overview of the Bible's Origin, Reliability, and Meaning. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2011. Print.)