“Because of sin, no man in his natural state has fellowship with God. God is light, and we are darkness. What communion had light with darkness? God is life; we are dead. God is love; we are enmity. So what agreement can there be between God and man? Men, in such a condition, do not have Christ, and so they are without hope and without God in the world (Eph. 2:12). They are ‘alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them’ (Eph. 4:18). The two cannot walk together unless they agree with each other (Amos 3:3). Whilst there is this great distance between God and man, there can be no walking together in fellowship or communion. Our first relationship with God had so lost by sin that there was no possibility in ourselves of any return to God.
Now the only way back in fellowship with God is through faith in Jesus Christ. And while Old Testament believers had communion with God through this means, you did not have a boldness and confidence in that communion. The way to the holiest was not yet open (Heb. 9:8). Under the New Testament, this way into the holiest has been opened and believers have boldness and confidence to come into God’s presence (Eph. 3:12; Heb. 10:20; Eph. 2:13, 14, 18). Christ, then, is the foundation of all our communion with God and by the Spirit believers now receive boldness of faith. Consider how greatly God has honoured us!”
Taken from John Owen’s “Communion with God”
John Owen (1616-1683) was a leading Puritan pastor and theologian who served as a chaplain to Oliver Cromwell and later as Dean of Christ Church in the University of Oxford.