Big Idea: Our transforming journey will always lead to the love of God and perfect union with God

Intro: Everyone who commits to a faith journey with Jesus will move through four stages of faith in his/her life:

  1. Awakening
  2. Sanctification
  3. Consecration
  4. Union

Spiritual Formation: “Being formed by God for the sake of others”

 

Third Stage of Transforming: Consecration
To be spiritually formed by God, for the sake of others, we must receive a baptism of love

We are Transformed by Love

Consecration: Baptism of Love (3rd Baptism)

“The first thing you must learn, dear friend, is that ‘the kingdom of God is within you.’ (Luke 17:21) Never look for the kingdom anywhere but there, within… You need only believe that God dwells in you and never doubt God’s love for you”

“Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ”- Madame Guyon

  • During the Sanctification stage, we “fight in our flesh” against sinful urges and desires
  • During the Consecration stage, our love for God purifies the heart from “sinful dispositions”- Wesley

God is Known Through Love

God does not just love, He IS LOVE!

“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:8-12.” NIV

 “O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Psalm 139:1-3 ESV

 

Fourth Stage of Transforming: Union
To be spiritually formed by God, for the sake of others, we must understand spiritual union

We are United with Christ

  • Jesus is Christ Jesus but also functions as the Head of the Body of Christ
  • This means that Jesus accomplished things for Himself and for Us simultaneously

“He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”
1 John 2:2 NIV

For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. Colossians 2:9-15 ESV

We have Union with Christ

“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. John 17:20-23 ESV

  • Jesus prayed that you would be in Him, in the Father and in the Spirit in the same capacity that Jesus is in the Father and in the Spirit
  • Jesus prayed for transforming union, a marriage of the spirit and perfect ‘oneness’