Fellowship

The Mystery of the Fellowship

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.

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Fellowship, Joy

Everlasting Joy

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

John 15:11

Can we as Christians have everlasting “Joy” in our life every day? Is there plenty of joy in your life? Being glad and having happiness for most of us is an emotional response that only occurs occasionally. Jesus is speaking about a joy that is lasting because it is His joy that is within our heart, and it is a fullness of joy.  Hebrew words often depend on the context in which they are used, so one must study to understand what the full meaning conveys in the written text.  Hebrew words are conveyed by themselves as concrete instead of abstract, so it is important to see the context of a whole sentence in which the word is placed.  The Hebrew word for joy is “simcha,” and means to have exceedingly, gladness, and joyfulness. In John chapter 15, the word “Joy” can be associated with well-being in that it is through Christ that we can have an everlasting amount of joy. In John chapter 15, Jesus is talking about a fullness of everlasting joy that comes from knowing him. It is based upon fellowship, and this is the key to living in the vine.

John chapter 15 is all about abiding in the vine. Jesus exclaims that we are the branches and He himself is the vine.

“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

John 15:5

It is all about keeping Jesus foremost in our life. Nothing should separate us from Jesus or take over in importance in our everyday life. Our life is the life of Jesus living through us through the Holy Spirit. In fact, “Joy” is listed as one of the fruits of the Spirit [see Galatians 5:22]. If you read the whole chapter of John 15, Jesus explains about bearing fruit as a result of abiding in the vine. So, having a fullness or everlasting joy comes from abiding in the vine [who is Jesus] to where you will bear much fruit.  This is the act of getting to know someone personally. This is a continuous process of growth. If you are not growing, then you are dying from not receiving nourishment from the source of the vine. Something is blocking the source of nourishment from the vine.

It is like a plant I have and no matter what treatment I give it, such as misting, fertilizer, sunlight, and water, the plant leaves are dying and dropping off. The plant has disease that is causing this condition. Any kind of blockage that an individual is withholding from the Lord will cause disease to start and decay. If we confess all to Jesus nothing is withheld. Jesus assures us that if we abide in him and in his words, we can ask him anything, and it shall be done [see John 15:7]. Let us remember that love is also in the fruit of the Spirit. To have love and joy means to abide in the vine where the source of nourishment is. There is always a process of growth in the Christian walk. Like the disciples of Jesus, they grow from being a servant to becoming friends to be a brother in the Lord. This is a progression of growth and Jesus said that this growth will bear much fruit that the Father will be glorified [see John 15:8].

“Every day has enough trouble of its own., therefore; we pray every day and seek the word of God to keep the communication open for growth to occur. This is our sanctification which means to become holy. A person can only be Holy if they are grafted into the vine, and this is what the Apostle Paul referenced in Romans 11:16. “If the root is Holy, so are the branches.” The fellowship we have is through Christ and through Christ we are able to love one another. In 1 John chapter one verses 3 and 4, we have the same reference about our joy being full. John exclaims that our fellowship is with the Father, and with his son, Jesus Christ. That is why the Word of life was written, or the Word of God. The conclusion is that we are to stay in the vine which is the source of light so we can have fellowship with Jesus and each other. How miraculous this is as it takes on the evidence of our well-being and our feelings of having everlasting joy. Our wellbeing comes from Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith.  Placing our faith in Jesus gives us fellowship.  Faith opens the door for the miracles to happen.  You could say it this way that Jesus who is our faith opens the door for miracles to happen.   This brings joy into our heart that will remain in us forever until the coming of our Lord. 

May His joy forever live within your heart and soul. This week is also very special for it is the Jewish New Year. The Jewish lunar calendar year now is 5782. It is also the 7th sabbath year of rest. What this means is that it is a time of getting to know our Lord better by hearing his voice. That our peace comes from the word of God. The 7th sabbath year of rest means that all debts are to be forgiven and distribution of food is to be distribute widely. There is to be no working of the land for food. The land is resting for the year in that animals may eat of what is left growing along with the people. This sabbatical year is known as Shemitah.

Listen to the song titled “Abide in My Love,” taken from John chapter 15.

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