To be in God’s presence is to be close to Jesus, because Jesus is the fullness of the revelation of who God is. We see the unseen God through Christ. Christ Jesus is the true mediator that unites us with the Father. To know Jesus is to know the Father and to have the revelation of Jesus is to have the revelation of the Father. Therefore, when we are close to Jesus we are in God’s presence. How do we get in God’s presence?
***Our proximity to the Son of God is determined by our obedience to His word.
John Piper puts it this way:
There was a crowd around Jesus and they said: Hey, your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you. In other words, the people that are closest to you that seem to have the closest human ties, they want to talk to you. Now Jesus’s answer is simply stunning. He says, “‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.’”
So, to be the mother of Jesus is: obey God and you will be the mother of Jesus. Well, what does that mean: be the mother or sister or brother of Jesus? And doesn’t it mean you will be as close to him as you can get? Your intimacy of relationship will be very, very close. There will be privileges. There will be access. There will be protection.
– Taken from Interview with John Piper @desiringGod.org
September 7, 2016