Is it possible for the natural man, Christian or non-Christian, to understand what it means to "have a personal one on one relationship with Jesus Christ"? The Apostle Paul explained that "the natural man cannot understand spiritual things" (I Cor. 2:14). Is "having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ" a spiritual reality that requires the presence and appraisal of the Spirit of Christ to understand what it means? If so, is it possible to adequately explain the meaning of this reality to a Christian or non-Christian? Evangelical Christians have often proclaimed and explained that to be a Christian is "to receive Jesus and have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ." Many who have heard that proclamation have not been able to understand what evangelical Christians mean by that phrase. If your a Christian you can not just “proclaim” to have a personal relationship with Jesus, there is so much more to it.
RELATIONSHIP - In its broadest sense this simply means that one object has a connection or correlation with another object.
PERSONAL - How personal does the relationship have to be to be a personal relationship?
JESUS CHRIST - What then is a "personal relationship with Jesus Christ"? Or would we be better served to refer, instead, to an "interpersonal relationship with Jesus Christ".
Is a "personal relationship with Jesus Christ" just a relation of our mental assent to an historical Jesus? Is a "personal relationship with Jesus Christ" just an ideological relationship of belief based on the circumstantial evidence of reports that we can read in the Gospels of the New Testament? Is it possible to have an interpersonalrelationship with an historical personage that lived hundreds of years ago? Is it possible to have a interpersonalrelationship with a logical construct of theological tenets about God and His Son, Jesus Christ?
Or does an "interpersonal relationship with Jesus Christ" necessitate an experiential, interactive relationship that involves an inter-relatedness, a oneness, a union, a commonality of identity, an intimacy, a "knowing" that can only be likened to the marriage relationship on earth?
That would necessitate the recognition that the Jesus of history, who walked around Palestine over 1900 some years ago, is still alive as a living Person, though in a different form ¬ in a spiritual form, and capable of interacting in an interpersonal relationship with human persons today. That is the message of the Christian gospel ¬ that Jesus lived, was crucified on the cross, and was raised from the dead in the resurrection, and having ascended to God the Father, He was "poured out" and made available in spiritual form, as the "Spirit of Christ" (Rom. 8:9), in order to indwell the spirits of persons in every age, becoming one with them in spiritual union, and becoming the basis of their new spiritual identity, as they engage in a dynamic interpersonal relationship with the living Lord Jesus.
At this point we need to admit that even the reference to an interpersonal relationship with Jesus Christ might be inadequate. The marriage relationship that Paul employs in Eph. 5:22-33 breaks down in illustrating the relationship of Christ and the Christian because the relationship between the Christian the the living Lord Jesus is also an intrapersonal relationship, involving the indwelling presence of the Spirit of Christ within the spirit of the Christian.
In order for the Christian to have a dynamic interpersonal relationship with Jesus Christ it necessitated that Jesus be a living Person. That was facilitated by the historic resurrection of Jesus when He was raised from the dead on the third day to become the every-living Lord Jesus. In order for the Christian to have a spiritual intrapersonalrelationship with Jesus Christ, it necessitated that Jesus be a Spirit-person. That was implemented by the Pentecostal outpouring of Jesus in Spirit-form when the Spirit of Christ became available to indwell the spirits of receptive individuals in every age as the life-giving Spirit (I Cor. 15:45).
This is why evangelical Christians employ the Biblical terminology of being "born again," to explain the living reality of the personal Spirit of Christ coming to dwell in the spirit of a receptive person in an intrapersonalrelationship, and that to engage in a growing and developing interpersonal relationship whereby the living Lord Jesus functions in and through the Christian. This is the INTIMATE BOND between the Christian and JESUS living together as one on a daily basis.
It is important to understand that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is not just an objective relationship to the benefits that Christ allegedly made available by His historical actions of death, burial and resurrection. The intrapersonal and interpersonal relationship of the Christian with Jesus Christ must be recognized as a subjective, internal, spiritual reality, whereby an individual in any age receives the living Spirit of Christ into his or her spirit (Rom. 8:9), thus becoming a Christian, a Christ-one, being as one in Christ intimately. That relationship must involve a dynamic sense of ontological interaction daily and communion, a living and functional communication as a part of your daily living. Granted, this explanation of a personal, intrapersonal and interpersonal relationship with Jesus Christ requires spiritual understanding that can only come by the presence of the Spirit of Christ within the spirit of a receptive person. (I Cor. 2:8-16).
That is the difficulty Christians have in attempting to explain what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It cannot be understood until He, the Person of Christ, is received by faith.Then, we have the spiritual and relational understanding of regeneration and new birth (Jn. 3:1-6). Then, we can have the spiritual understanding of the indwelling of the Spirit of Christ within our spirit (Rom. 8:9); that the living Lord Jesus Christ is in us (Col. 1:27; II Cor. 13:5), and lives in us (Gal. 2:20) as our spiritual life (Col. 3:4).Then, we can begin to fathom that we are united in a spiritual oneness of union with Him (I Cor. 6:17). Then, we can begin to understand that we are new creatures (II Cor. 5:17; Eph. 4:24; Col. 3:10), and that our identity is only "in Him" as Christ-ones, Christians ¬ that who I am can only be explained on the basis of Who He is. Then, we can begin to understand the dynamic function of the Lordship of the Living Lord Jesus, not just as an assent to His being Lord, God, Deity, but as the acceptance of the fact that my life is no longer mine to determine, but is entirely as His disposal and determination.
Jesus also stressed the critical importance of a 'personal' intimate relationship with Him, in His analogy rejecting the foolish young women by saying, "Truly I say to you, I do not know you."
(Matthew 25:12) Unless you understand that line of His in the context of a “personal relationship”, it makes no sense to me. Jesus did not say, "I do not know about you"!
Reading the Bible is critically important, knowing and obeying God’s word is critically important. My "personal" intimate relationship with Jesus is extremely critically important to me and my daily life and my daily walk with him. Having an intimate personal relationship with Jesus on a daily basis, having the Holy Spirit guide your life is how you grow, how you learn, how you live. Jesus lives IN ME!
It is so SIMPLE! No Jesus, no love, know hell.
Know Jesus, know love, no hell.
Christ emphasized the personal nature of that intimate relationship. (Matthew 10:32, 33) His call is, "Come to me." not come to an organization or to a church or denomination. (Matthew 11: 28) Similarly, in his illustration of the vine, he did not say, I am the vine, church organizations are the branches, and you are twigs springing from those branches ," but rather, "I am the vine, you are the branches," hence directly connected to him, abiding in him. (John 15: 5) There is no such thing as a group or collective faith, except as each individual within that group has expressed his or her faith personally and individually. So, too, with conviction. There can be no group conviction. It must be personal, individual. Otherwise, it is a borrowed conviction as well as a borrowed faith, and this is no faith at all.

This individuality is repeatedly stressed in Scripture.--Romans 10:9-11 states:

If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The Scripture says, "No one who believes in him will be put to shame."

For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written: "As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall give praise to God." So then, each of us will be accountable to God.--Romans 14:10-12, NRSV.

At the time of judgment, we do not appear before God and his Son as members of some church group or organization. We stand as individuals, "each of us."
True, reference is made to the "body of Christ." How does one become a member thereof? Is it by association or affiliation with a denomination or with a church group? The Scriptures indicate that this has no relevance or bearing on the matter, making clear that one becomes a member solely by being joined to the Head, the One who is the sole mediator between God and man, and that is Christ.--1 Timothy 2:3-6.

Whatever its apparent benefits, organizational membership can never equal the beauty and strengthening comfort that such intimate personal relationship with Jesus Christ brings. Christ likens himself to a shepherd who does not look upon his sheep simply as an anonymous conglomerate group, but one who "calls his own sheep by name". (John 10:3) He knows each of us and cares for us as individuals. Of our loving heavenly Father, the apostle writes: "Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you."--1 Peter 5:7.
Separating from a religious structure that one finds to be seriously flawed, and freedom from that structure's control is of itself no solution, no guarantee of improvement. Some who separate are essentially no better off than before, have no idea how to use Christian freedom in a good and beneficial, God-honoring way; some exchange one set of combined true and false beliefs for another set of true and false beliefs. We are not interested in "getting people out of some particular organization" but in enhancing and deepening their appreciation of a genuine personal intimate relationship with God and Christ.

85% of church organization members do not have an intimate personal relationship with Jesus for many reasons. Some believe that just being saved and giving their life to Christ is enough, some feel that showing an appearance to a church service every Sunday or 2 or 3 days a week is enough, they get their weekly worship and word. But 85% of Christian are still no happy, struggling with life, still living worldly, and the list can go on, that is because the do not have that “one on one intimate personal relationship” with Jesus Christ as their daily living.

Jesus wants you to know him intimately! One on One! Daily! Christ living in YOU! With YOU! Read and study and obey his word! Trust me, you will truly see things in a different light, you will see the light of truth, the light of love, it’s not about the church building, the church members, it’s about YOU! It’s about YOUR SALVATION! A personal intimate relationship with Jesus is so special! It is intimate, loving, respectful, honoring, indescribable and unifying. It is personal, it is enduring, and it is honest. It is giving over self to gain Jesus. It is a relationship of creator and created. It is passionate, compassionate, rich, uplifting, healing, strengthening and satisfying. A relationship with God builds unity with God. Oneness with the creator, where an exchange takes one into the divine life. We exchange our weakness for His strength, our sorrow for His joy, our loneliness for His unity and belonging, our ignorance for his knowing, our foolishness for His wisdom, our anxiety for His peace, our frustration for His completion, our hopelessness for His hope, our Brokenness for His togetherness, our problems for His solutions, our slavery for His freedom, our pain for His love. There are many people who have come to God for salvation but only know of God and do not enjoy a personal, intimate, living, loving relationship with Him.
Christians understand that Jesus died on the cross but fail to understand why. Understanding what he did does not necessarily imply an understanding of why He did it and therefore, does not necessarily translate into life experience. When Jesus took the punishment for our sins He did not do it so we could escape hell and go to heaven. Jesus came and died so that we could have a relationship with the Father. Of course having a relationship with God means that we live with him, where He is, which is heaven. Eternal life in heaven is a byproduct of being involved in a relationship with God. As with all of the Kingdom of God the relationship comes first, as a result of this relationship many wonderful things flow into our lives. These things come as we grow and develop into the image of our Father. Everything that comes from God is because of a relationship with God. A relationship that is based on trust, honor, respect and communication. Intimacy with the Father requires honesty with Him, trust that He loves you and only wants to build you and support you and make you whole. He wants to free you from the lies and bondage's that hinder you from growth into His image. Making a decision to accept Jesus as your savior means nothing if you are not willing to walk a path of intimacy with your new Father. Not that it is a burdensome requirement that needs to be fulfilled so that you gain eternal life. No, it is a joy and the highest call on humanity to live a life in union with their creator, Father. That is why Jesus came, that is why He submitted to the cross, so that we could come to the Father and begin to grow in intimacy with Him. That is the only valid reason to accept Jesus offer of forgiveness.
A relationship with God is for here and now, we do not need to wait for heaven. When we live in a relationship with God we live in Heaven here. As we grow close to Him we take on the character of Him, we start to live like him as well. This is the true path of prosperity in every way. As we grow into the image of God we attract the things of the light and repel the things of the darkness. We start living as children of God instead of children of Satan. Not by trying to impose rule upon rule and law upon law but by an internal change that accompanies a deepening relationship with God. We need not struggle as a leopard trying to change his spots, which is impossible and only brings frustration and self condemnation.
"Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in OBEYING THE VOICE OF THE LORD? To Obey is better than sacrifices and to heed is better than the fat of rams." 1 Samuel 15:22
Jesus state to the CHURCH at Laodicea.
"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone HEARS MY VOICE and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me." Revelations 3:20
We are all individuals and God deals with us individually. We all have a unique call on our lives and we are all at different stages of growth. Relationship living is the only way to ensure that God is in control of your life, path, destination. For as circumstances change so to our requirements change. Jesus sent out His disciples and told them to take no provision for themselves. Luke 22: 35-36. The requirements changed as He saw fit. There is a ‘Gods timing’ for life that God alone knows, Ecclsiastes 3, we can only flow within it if we are in a communicative relationship with God. People of the world allow circumstances to dictate their life and its time and requirements people of God must allow God. A intimate relationship with Jesus necessitates that we make God, God and we look to Him for everything in life.
We must learn to hear the voice of God clearly and accurately. God will speak to us and lead us, we need not fear being deceived. John 10:1-18, Luke 11:11-13. We are created to live in harmony with our creator in Unity. We don't have to live in assumption of Gods will we can and should know what Gods will is for us personally at all times.
However I cannot stress any further the upmost importance of having a one on one personal intimate relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I pray that this article blessed you and that you live totally in Christ for the sake of your Salvation and Eternal life in Heaven with our Heavenly Father. It’s not about the church we go to or the people in the church it’s about YOU and GOD! ONE ON ONE!
Matthew 6:6

6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then you’re Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Get Intimate and personal with Jesus! Let him move in with you! You will love living with him daily! Jesus is the best lover, companion, friend, mate that anyone could ever have! He is the GREATEST!
Be Blessed!
Holy Jamz
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