The verb commune means, “to converse intimately.” The opportunity to converse intimately with God has been granted to those who seek Him, and it is especially important to the “set of the heart” in the spiritual battle.
Communion with All Three Persons
irst of all, communion with God is not to be limited to Christ. I’ve often heard the comment, “I need to spend time with the Lord.” That’s good, but if communion doesn’t include the Father and the Holy Spirit, there’s something wrong in that person’s relationship to God. Communion that stops with Jesus is not the communion He came to establish. He came to introduce us to the Father—in fact, to know and converse intimately in two-way dialogue with the Father, Himself, and the Holy Spirit.
Second, communion with God is not a matter of reaching outward to a distant deity. Communion with God occurs within us. Any doubt of the possibility of communion with the Holy Trinity is dispelled by Jesus’ teaching to His disciples the night of the Last Supper. There He assured His disciples that those who believe in Him would have all three persons of the Trinity within them. He spoke of the Holy Spirit being in them: “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14:16, 17). That leaves no question about the Holy Spirit’s
presence in the Christian.
Then he quickly went on to include His own presence, and that of His Father, in believers; “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you … If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will loye him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him” (John 14:18, 23). This is no description of an impersonal nature residing in us. This is personal—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, all three, taking up residence in the Christian.
Third, communion with divine persons of the Trinity is possible with all three persons distinctly and without confusion. They are to be addressed distinctly and personally. They speak and they can be spoken to. Their names should not be interchanged indiscriminately either. Confusion in using their names confesses something is not real about the relationship.
I have five sons. Someone might be introduced to them all at the same time. He would obviously be aware they are distinct persons. But until he conversed with each one personally, he would never know my sons personally. They would just be “the Braun boys,” not Dan, Gary, Tim, Tom, and Peter. He may know them, but he doesn’t know them personally. And similarly, it is through personal communion with the persons of the Trinity that those persons are personally known.
Don’t settle for a relationship with the Trinity that is distant, impersonal, or confused. That would be a tragedy, since they have come to dwell in you to converse intimately with you. Of course, as in any personal relationship, it takes time to build a mature personal relationship with God. Communion with God involves a life-long growing process.