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Communion with God
Communion with God manifests itself in many ways. But in these verses Isaiah shows us five specific things involved in it.
1. Communion with God causes the believer to walk in the path of righteousness (v. 7).
All who are justified by the righteousness of Christ imputed to them are sanctified by the holiness of Christ imparted to him in the new birth. Believers are new creatures in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4). That new man created in us in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24) is “Christ in you the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). And that new man walks with God in uprightness (Ephesians 4:17-23). Any doctrine that teaches or implies that a person’s character and conduct are unimportant, so long as he believes in Christ, is not the doctrine of Christ.
2. Communion with God manifests itself in waiting for him (v. 8).
This waiting does not imply idleness or indifference, but faith and diligence. To wait upon God is to believe him. Unbelief hurries and worries. Faith waits. Unbelief is fearful and cowardly. Faith is confident and courageous. To wait upon God is to stand upon the tiptoe of faith expecting him to fulfil his promise. To wait upon him is to serve him (Proverbs 27:18), to do his bidding, to serve his household, to do his will.
3. Communion with God causes the believer to desire his Lord.
“The desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee” (v. 8). — God’s name represents his character, his Word, and his glory. This is what we desire to know and see. And we desire to remember him at all times, to have him always before our hearts.
4. Communion with God causes men and women to seek him (v. 9).
The person who trusts Christ is one who is seeking him. The person who walks with God by faith is seeking him (Philippians 3:9-14). Constantly knowing our ever-increasing need of our God, we seek him. And…
5. Communion with God enables the believer to learn by the providential judgments of his heavenly Father (v. 9).
The wicked inhabitants of the earth neither learn by God’s favor, nor by his judgments. But the believer, while he walks in this world, walks with God and is taught of God. He learns much by the works of God, even by the judgments of providence.
He learns to look upon temporal things as temporal and eternal things as eternal (2 Corinthians 4:17-18). He learns to value Christ, his people, and his gospel aright. And he learns righteousness (Hebrews 12:11), the value of righteousness and where righteousness is to be found — in Christ alone!
We have no righteousness but the obedience of Christ unto death as our Substitute. We have no holiness, but the holiness of Christ imparted to us in the new birth. And we have no communion with God but in, by, and with Christ Jesus.