Essence of the Divinity of God
I previously wrote an article called “Contemplative Thoughts” wherein we can sense and feel the hand of God; with comfort, supplication, and a divine sense of being in a cloud of sensitivity that can only come from the Heart of Jesus.”
This evening, in the shower where sometimes I feel inspired to formulate thoughts for more articles, thinking about how close God really is to us. We know that once we receive the Hoy Spirit through baptism and confirmation God indeed dwells within our spirit and is always ready to teach and guide us, convicts us in a blessed manner to change direction in our life, and is always speaking to us as a Father with love.
This evening was different. As my thoughts were open to his being with us his words were not new, but had a ring of closeness that I had never given priority to hang onto.
“I am not only with you, but you are within me as well.” How easy to accept the words of Jesus when he spoke thus; “But you are not in the flesh; on the contrary, you are in the spirit, if only the Spirit of God dwells in you. Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is alive because of righteousness.” (Rom. 8: 9 - 10).
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, which the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows it. But you know it, because it remains with you, and will be in you.” (Jn. 14: 15 -17).
You are within me, or better yet are in me as one. Of course we are not divine nor will ever be divine. But let’s take the essence of those words as we reflect on the words of the deacon (or priest in the absence of the deacon) “as he pours a drop of water into the chalice of wine saying; by the mystery of this water and wine may we share in the divinity of Christ as he humbled himself to share in our humanity,”
Being a part of the divine entity as an heir to the Father through Christ is one beautiful essence. But being invited as a spirit into the very entity of God is almost more than one can comprehend. Yet, God invites each of us to share more than a common place in His kingdom, he welcomes those of us who desire to become one with him as a living essence of an eternal closeness.
The words of God welcoming us to actually be in him, not just close, can denote an acceptance on our part to realize the cloud of sensitivity I spoke of in the first paragraph; a sense of being lifted here and now as a prelude to the beatific vision we all long for.
Ralph B. Hathaway, The essence of Gods Divinity