What does it mean when it says that Christians are made ‘partakers of Christ’? Well, it is describes in Scripture in many different ways by many different people. Job saw it as a vision of the sovereignty of God and concluded that he would “trust though He slay him”. (Job 13;15) Joshua was instructed to “meditate in the word day and night” and he would have spiritual and military success. (Joshua 1;8) Solomon concluded that it meant to “fear God and keep His commandments”. (Ecel. 12; 13) Isaiah said that it would come “precept upon precept, line upon line,…here a little and there a little” as we embrace the doctrine. (Isaiah 28;10) For Daniel it meant to purpose in his heart to serve the living God no matter what. ((Daniel 1;8) David said it would be found in the “secret place of the most high”. (Ps. 91;1) For Peter and John and the apostles it came in the form of visions and dreams that told them of the things happening now and in the future. But, perhaps, it is stated most clearly in Acts 17;28 where is says, “in Him we live, and move, and have our being:” Jesus lived in the presence of the Father “prayed without ceasing”, knew the voice of God and was constantly led by the Spirit. Can we say the same?

Several years ago I was on a tour boat in San Francisco bay. As I looked around and thought about the millions of people that lived in several cities around the bay (realizing how wicked that area is) I silently asked the Lord how it could be that so many of these people would, in the end, be lost in sin. I didn’t think about it any more until Later that afternoon as I was riding on the BART rapid transit train to where my car was parked. It was then that I noticed a poster opposite me on the wall placed there by the transit authority. It said, “A God of love would not send man to Hell”. I was shocked! That was the answer to my question earlier in the day. Millions of people think they are “OK” and a little knowledge of God is all they need and they can continue to live as they want with no consequences. After all, they have heard that God is love, they had an experience years ago and all that is taken care of. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our God is a God of judgement also and He has very clearly warned us concerning the lukewarm and nominal life. (Rev. 3;16)

We all must ask ourselves if we, individually, measure up to what Scripture describes a Christian should be as ‘partakers of Christ’. To be complacent, procrastinate and to make false assumptions could be very dangerous to our health.

All the way my Saviour leads me;
What have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His tender mercy,
Who through life has been my guide? (All the Way My Saviour Leads Me)