The Mystery of the Fellowship

What exactly is “the fellowship of the mystery” in Ephesians 3:9?  The Bible states in verse 9 of chapter 3 in Ephesians that It was hidden in God in the beginning of the world, but now it has been made available through the body of Christ.

To make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages hath been hidden in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 3:9

What exactly is “the fellowship of the mystery” in Ephesians 3:9?  The Bible states in verse 9 of chapter 3 in Ephesians that It was hidden in God in the beginning of the world, but now it has been made available through the body of Christ. This wonderful fellowship that every believer has is made possible through Christ Jesus. One need not to ever feel alone, since we have the promise of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the key to the mystery of the fellowship, yet it is often overlooked in the body of Christ. After I got saved, a wonderful thing happened. I felt God’s Spirit residing within my heart, and I no longer had the great burden I was carrying as a young adult. I was looking for love in all the wrong places. Through Christ, I found a real love that I desperately needed. I found that Christ was the real meaning for Christmas. I believed in God but did not know about His Son. I found that Christ was more than just a prophet as some have taught. I found that He is the foundation for the mystery of the fellowship.

All the Prophets and Apostles are founded in the mystery of the fellowship through Jesus Christ, yet we can be so distant from the true fellowship by denying the promise of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Let us consider the meaning of the word fellowship. Fellowship in English means companion, a unified body of people with a common interest, and goals. It also takes on the meaning of partnership and membership within a body. The Greek/Hebrew word is “koinōnia,” which means fellowship, association, communion, or joint participation according to the Thayer’s Greek Lexicon. The two words often used in the New Testament is fellowship and communion. As a new Christian, I was excited to go to the youth group Koinonia up on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle Washington. To be a part of a fellowship of believers in Christ was special to me because of the joint participation of worshipping and learning more about our blessed Lord Jesus Christ.

We should never get tired of knowing more about him. His love should always draw us into that fellowship of His Spirit. This mystery is the new relationship we have through Christ and with each other as members of the body of Christ. In the Gospel of John, Chapter 14, it conveys something that is special regarding the Holy Spirit. The fact that there is an intimacy between man and God. Jesus exclaims in verse 20 of Chapter 14 in the Gospel of John, “at that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.” We seem to overlook this oneness between the Father, the Son and us, but it carries a wonderful relationship that is very personal. It is love that carries us through from Jesus to the Father. To think about how the Father and Jesus will abide with us is amazing [see John 14:23]. This should not be overlooked. The Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit shall teach us all things [see John 14:26]. Nothing should separate us from having fellowship with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus said that he would pray to the Father for the Comforter to come and abide with us forever [see John 14:16]. Our fellowship is always linked to the Father through Jesus Christ.

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

1 John 1:3

The Apostle John expressed this and stated that this was written that our joy may be full [see 1 John 1:4]. Let us have the joy of fellowship in holiness with the Lord. As Christians our fellowship is based upon what Jesus did on the cross. The Apostle John states that “if we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth,” [see 1 John 1:6]. However, “if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another” because the blood of Jesus has cleansed us from all sin [see 1 John 1:7]. The basis of our fellowship is on repentance of our sins. It is the Holy Spirit that draws us towards Christ. Jesus said that the Spirit shall testify of me [John 15:26]. The Holy Spirit will always point to Christ, for we cannot come to the Father without the blood of Christ, for Christ is our sacrifice, and we were bought with a price.  This is the Spirit of Truth who will guide you into all truth, for he will never speak of himself [see John16:13-14]. If you have any other teaching then that of Jesus Christ, or a spirit that does not point to Christ, it is of another entity and that spirit is in darkness.

You cannot have fellowship with the Father and his Son Jesus Christ without the shed blood of Christ for the remission of our sins. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to have a clear conscience in order to keep that fellowship with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Apostle Paul states it clearly that we are one body with many members. “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body,” [1Corinthians 12:12-13]. We follow Christ Jesus, because He is our foundation. It is Christ that we place our faith in. The Holy Spirit is given for our edification. It is the revelation of truth for our present time and of our future. Christ gave us the Comforter so that we would never be alone in this world, for He has chosen us out of this world. We have this Spirit residing with us and guiding us into all truth. All we must do is ask in prayer for the Holy Spirit to guide us every day in our walk and to teach us through the Holy Bible the truth of the meaning of all mysteries that we may come across in the Bible.

Remember to walk in the light is to have fellowship with the Father and the Son through the Holy Spirit. Ask, and you shall receive. . .take time to fellowship with the Lord through worship, prayers, and the reading of His word every day.

The song titled, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms,” expresses it well:

What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
Refrain

Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

The everlasting arms of Jesus and the blessed fellowship He gives us through the Holy Spirit should carry us through every day. If it does not carry you through than ask the father through prayer what is holding back the fellowship. Ask for His Spirit to reveal the truth to you. Have an open heart to listen and hear His word.

Author: Inge Schultz

I am a woman who wears many hats. I have taken on many different roles in life, hence the woman who wears many hats. I love to learn new skills to share and enhance the quality of life. Today, I am a Small Business Owner, Musical Artist, Songwriter, Blogger, Crafter, Wife, and Mother. I love to be creative and watch how the process of making something come to fruition. It is like a flower bud that unfolds and blossoms into a beautiful display of form and colors.

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