Confirmation is the historic rite of initiation into the full fellowship of the body of Christ. Christian initiation in the early church apparently consisted of two actions, baptism followed by imposition of hands for the gift of the Holy Spirit. The sequence of events was governed by the early disciples’ personal experience of salvation in Christ and the endowment of his Spirit. Paul, reflecting theologically, brought out the underlying spiritual unity of the two rites.
People were created to have fellowship with God; but because of our stubborn self-will, we chose to go our own independent way, and fellowship with God was broken. This self-will, characterized by an attitude of active rebellion [defying God] or passive indifference [I don’t know — and I don’t really care], is what the Bible calls sin.
There are risks involved when we choose to belong; when we choose to care; when we choose to serve — but the rewards far outweigh the rip-offs. It’s only within that context of fellowship, of choosing to belong, that we become Christ like!
The solution to Thomas’ feelings of depression, hurt, and abandonment — and to us when we feel like that — is simply this: Surety comes most often in the fellowship of others! Thomas missed out the first time Jesus appeared because he wasn’t there to see Him!
If we say we’re intimate with God yet walk continually and deliberately in disobedience to Him, we are lying hypocrites. “God is light,” writes John. As light, He reveals to us right and wrong. To maintain our fellowship with Him, we are to respond to that light continually; we are to be open, honest, and sincere about where we are. The standard we are to conform to is the light God sheds on our path, day by day, through His Word and the promptings of His Spirit.