THE ONE RELATIONSHIP ABOVE THEM ALL
Life is all about relationships. If you were the only person on earth, you still would have relationship with nature, animals and things. We could keep stripping away the different relationships until it was only yourself and then you would just have existence.
However, before Creation, God had perfect existence and perfect life by Himself. Yet, here we are in His Plan of Love, Life and Eternal Significance. All of the aforementioned is not only created by God and sustained by Him for His purposes, but they are also another name for God and found through Relationship with Him.
In 1 John 4:8 we read God is Love. John also states in the Gospel he wrote that Jesus proclaimed, "I am the way, and I am the truth, and I am the life." (John 14:6) John also tackles the Eternal Significance of life with God and life without Him. John 3:36 says, "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them." Luke stated those who receive all these things do it through Relationship with God - "For in Him we live and move and have our being." (Acts 17:28)
Notice that the living and moving and having our being is "in Him"? Sure, everyone can live, move and have their being in or through other relationships other than one with God. However, this is just delaying recognition of the One Relationship that counts for eternity. All other relationships in life pale in comparison to a relationship with Father God (Yahweh) through Jesus Christ, His Word made flesh. We either accept this relationship and feed it OR neglect and starve it.
When we are born, we are defaulted with a broken relationship with God because of a rebellious nature in our hearts, minds and spirits. Because of this God's Wrath/Judgment is upon us because He will not allow a corrupted being into His Heaven and into an eternal relationship with Himself. Therefore, He sent Christ Jesus to Redeem our relationship through Christ's death on the cross and victory through His resurrection! However, the decision is still ours to accept or reject. This is what John was saying in the verse above with consequences listed. "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them."
So, how about a relationship with the person Love? How about a relationship with Life and life more abundantly? How about a relationship with Eternal Significance? Of all the relationships you will have - involuntary (blood family) and voluntary (spouse you choose) - whether the relationships be with people, places or things - I encourage everyone, to consider a relationship with Father God through Christ Jesus - The One Relationship Above Them All.
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