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It was only lately that our Lord made me aware of numerous Scriptures, both in the Old and in the New Testament, that point us to a specific moment in time. It seems I usually read over this wording, thinking “in that day” would mean in the majority of cases a date far ahead of us in the future. I decided to focus on only three Scriptures from the Gospel of John here. What they have in common is that they all present God’s promises having been fulfilled in us.
Joh 14:20 “In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.” (ESV)
Joh 16:23-24 “In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” (ESV)
Joh 16:26-27 “In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.” (ESV)
What day was Jesus speaking about? 🙄 Looking at the first Scripture, John, chapter 14, verse 20 describes a perfect oneness that can and will be experienced by us in our spirit being. Our inward man suddenly realizes just as Jesus and the Father are one, we are one with Christ, that is, He is in us and we are in Him as well. That might sound wonderful already, however, the story goes on! If we have been used to present our prayer requests to our Lord Jesus Christ who makes intercession on our behalf, we now discover that we can ask God, our Father, when a particular prayer request or a question comes to mind and … He answers them! 😊
The reason for God answering our prayers then is this particular oneness I mentioned before. Being one with God and Christ means we are governed by the Holy Spirit to whom we have submitted our self-will before. If we have died to our old nature’s desires with Christ in His cross by taking up our own crosses daily, we have become a truly new being, a spirit being that can be easily led by the Holy Spirit in whichever direction God chooses. Jesus encouraged us here, “Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” It appears to me that God who loves us cannot answer all our prayers or questions at any given time as He clearly sees we would turn away from (seeking) Him (and His will) as long our old nature is predominant. Subtly we might get puffed up when we have experienced something supernatural in our lives. As long as our self-focus is active, whether we are aware of it or not does not matter, God needs to keep us on a short leash, so to speak.
“Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” Can it be that simple? You and I ask God something, whether it is a prayer or a question that bothered us for a long time already, we receive an answer, our prayer is answered shortly and therefore our joy increases with every additional request answered. While our joy is increasing, we somehow automatically turn away from our old ways of thinking and reasoning since we realize that in God’s person alone ALL questiions that could ever be asked are answered. Furthermore, He provides everything we might ever need because He is a loving Father! His presence is so breathtaking to our own spirit that our whole life on earth turns into a shadow of sorts, compared with His wonderful light, life, and love that keep drawing us further and further upward. I want to close this not-so-long article with Paul’s words in his letter to the Philippians.
“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.” (Phil 3:12-15 ESV)
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