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I've often heard the term "personal relationship" with Jesus. What does that mean?

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3 minutes ago, LearningToLetGo said:

I've often heard the term "personal relationship" with Jesus. What does that mean?

I prefer the term 'living relationship'...

Rom_8:15  For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
Gal_4:6  And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”

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1 hour ago, LearningToLetGo said:

I've often heard the term "personal relationship" with Jesus. What does that mean?

The other thing I was thinking and maybe what you are trying to get at, is that no longer must we go through a mediator to God such as Mary, a Priest, a Rabbi etc., but we now have 'personal' access into His Presence by faith.

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb 4:14-16)
 

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Hos 6:6  For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

When God reveals Himself to us and we continue on to pursue knowing Him and His ways we have a relationship with Him.  Communication is not a one way street. 

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You probably wouldn't describe your relationship with your senators as personal, or even your boss. You might know them and even communicate with them, but you don't go to them daily, pouring your heart out, asking for advice and aide, sharing your whole life and heart with them.

In Yowm's first post, "Abba!" was a word for a father that is close, familial, and childlike. You can think of it like a young child would say "daddy!" That is the picture we are given; we become God's beloved child, we trust in Him implicitly and rely on Him totally, and He loves us as a father loves his precious children. You won't find a concept like that in Islam, or Buddhism, or even Judaism.

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We also learn to "listen" to God.  He answers and gives solutions to our problems through Scripture.  He shows us how to respond to situations, what our attitudes should be, and how to allow His Spirit to work through us.  He guides us daily.  He gives us peace that passes understanding in the midst of turmoil.  

Col 3:12  AMP Clothe yourselves therefore, as God's own chosen ones (His own picked representatives), [who are] purified and holy and well-beloved [by God Himself, by putting on behavior marked by] tenderhearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, [and] patience [which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper].

Col 3:13  Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive].

Col 3:14  And above all these [put on] love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness [which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony].

Col 3:15  And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ's] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].

Col 3:16  Let the word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in [all its] richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things, and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts.

Col 3:17  And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him.

 

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