God communicates to us when he shows us Christ
I wonder if you have ever prayed and waited on the Lord and thought, "Why does he not communicate with me?" I have to confess that that has crossed my mind several times. There do seem to be parts of Scripture that suggest that God directly speaks to us.
I have no doubt that there are times when God has spoken directly to me and maybe he has to you, but these are few and far between. Except...
Here's a thing. Something struck me in a new way the other day as I was re-reading Kyle Strobel's book "Formed for the Glory of God" (see previous blog post) and it is beautiful and astounding. There are some truths we grasp as Christians in a nodding fashion fairly early on and perhaps file away under "Got that. What's next?" And then one day we suddenly see them in all their glorious magnificence. And this was one such for me.
And it is this: God communicates to us at his most supreme, highest, most intimate level when he elevates his Son to us.
"And we also thank God continually for this, that when you received the word of God...you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers." (1 Thessalonians 2:13). Do you see what Paul is saying? The word he speaks of is the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, the good news of Jesus. And when they heard it from Paul's lips they knew it to be more than that. It was God speaking to them the truth about his Son.
God supremely communes with us, it seems to me, by revealing his Son to us as ineffably glorious and delightful. God is eternally happy in himself as he delights in himself. That is not as egotistical as it sounds. God has always beheld before him his perfect likeness and image, his own Son, who is truly God. It tells us in Hebrews 1:3 that, "The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word." To be able to sustain all things the Son has to be, just as much as the Father, God. And God's love for the Son and the Son's for the Father is the bond of love between them, who is so much God in himself as to be another person in the Godhead, the Holy Spirit. God has, in other words, always been a community of persons delighting in each other. As God thinks of his perfections seen in his Son he delights in him and his Son also delights in the Father. And God the Father loves to glorify his Son. It is his highest expression of love to his Son and communion with him. (I wish I were able to communicate this clearer. I can see it but my words feel inadequate to the greatness of the subject).
You see, when we see anything of the supreme worth and excellency of Jesus Christ, it is because God has revealed him to us. And the more I see and savour Jesus, the more God is communing with me as he pours out into my heart his supreme delight in his Son. Surely this is the highest, most splendid, form of communion there is? It soars above mere conversation or even human intimacy because it is God himself drawing us into his love for and delight in his Son. It is nothing less than a joining in with the Father's eternal, unchanging, "volcanic exuberance" (to borrow a phrase from John Piper) for his Son. There is no more intimate communication that we can have from God the Father than that he reveals to us how beautiful and desirable is God the Son.
It is an over used word, but is definitely appropriate to be used here, because this communion with God is truly awesome.