I brought up Brother Lawrence and Julian Norwich for a specific reason. They were considered mystics. After reading their books, I asked the Lord to make me a mystic. I can laugh about it now, but back then I was really serious. I thought that if I was a mystic, then I could have that kind of a relationship with the Lord.
Intimate communion has nothing to do with what we become, but who we are. At salvation, we were adopted as children of God. That means that we were specifically chosen. John 15:16 says, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”
Ephesians 4:17-18 makes it really clear that we would not have chosen God. We were futile in our mind, our understanding was darkened, and we were alienated from the life of God. There was no inkling of a connection whatsoever. Ephesians 2:15 says, “Having abolished in His flesh the enmity…” We were enemies of God. It is so essential to remember that foundation of truth, lest we become sucked back into the world.
1 John 2:16 clearly defined the world system that we came out of through salvation. It is: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. Sound familiar? We were stuck in sin, bound in iniquity, and doing satan’s bidding unconsciously. That was who we were.
This is who we are. In John 15:15 Jesus was speaking to His disciples. We can apply this to ourselves because all believers are His disciples. It says, “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing, but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from the Father I have made known to you.”
Jesus told His disciples that He was going away, but He would send His Spirit. John 16:13 says, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” John 14:17 says, “The Spirit of truth…dwells with you…”
1 John 2:27 says, “But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.”
This is who we are at the moment of our salvation. We are chosen and adopted. We are His friends. The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, dwells within us. 1 Corinthians 2:10 Amplified says, “Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit, for the (Holy) Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God (the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man’s scrutiny).”