Fellowship – BT1
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Fellowship with God, not religion of works, makes all the difference
Religion is about using our natural flesh’s “might (a) and power (b)” – our body’s strength and our soul’s identity of mind, emotions, and will-power to work/do (c) for God. Religion is simply “doing” this individually and collectively. But the completely different-in-kind New Covenant Way calls us to leave religion behind – “absolutely no longer in fact in/by/with might nor in fact in/by/with power but instead in/by/with My Spirit, says Yahweh of hosts” (d) – and instead embrace fellowship with God so His Spirit works or ‘does’ through us to will and ‘do’ His good pleasure (e). <Notes> a) dunamis: enabling, b) ishus: endowed strength/power, c) ergo, d) Zechariah 4:6 – see Might and Power and Spirit-Power pages, e) Philippians 2:13.
Philia is a Greek adjective for “fond friendship” that we are NOT to have with the world unless we want to be a hostile enemy of God (a). Philos is the noun for “a friend or associate of” like Abraham was with God (b). We are to be friends with Jesus who laid His life down for His friends. As disciples, we are friends, not servants if we do what He commands (c), though He kept it simple for us since there are only 2 NT commandments. <Notes> a) James 4:4, b) James 2:23, c) John 15:13-15.
Koinonia (noun) and koinoneo (verb) and koinonikos (adjective) refers to “interpersonal contact, social intercourse, common sharing, joint/co-participation, partnership, communion, intimacy, community, and fellowship, even by giving to one another service, money, or goods. The verb sunkoinoneo is koinoneo “with or in others.” Christians would also give “right-hand” handshakes, holy kisses, and embracing hugs (a) to show this. <Notes> a) Galatians 2:9; Acts 20:37; Romans 16:16; 1 Corinthians 16:20; 2 Corinthians 13:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:26; 1 Peter 5:14.
Peter tells us God’s fellowship plan for Christians: “His divine Spirit-power has granted to us ALL things that pertain to zoe genuine-life and godliness, thru-the-realizing-channel-of (c) the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence, thru-the-realizing-channel-of (c) which He has granted us His precious and very great promises, so that thru-the-realizing-channel-of (c) them you may become koinonia partners of the divine nature, having already escaped the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desires” (a). The parallelism is obvious: God’s own glory and excellence IS His divine Spirit-power, and this grants us His precious and magnificent promises (b) that IS ALL things that pertain to zoe genuine-life and glory and this is the channel (c) we partner with God’s nature and get free of sinful desires. There is a chain of channels (c) here! God makes it available, but our part is to have that fellowship knowledge to partner with Him. <Notes> a) 2 Peter 1:3-4, b) epaggelma: voluntarily made by God, not as result of our petition, c) dia.
God does indeed give us profound promises concerning zoe genuine-life and glory, but not just to know about these and sit on them! Even the “Gentiles were made fellow-heirs, members of the same Body, and changed-sharers-together (c) [with the Jews] of The Promise (e) in Christ Jesus thru-the-realizing-channel-of (a) the gospel” (d). But thru-the-realizing-channel-of (a) this “Promise” to become koinonia partners with His divine nature. But none of this will happen through our human “might and power” works or through gnosis info-knowledge about God that only puffs us up (b). No, it only happens thru-the-realizing-channel-of (a) genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of God. <Notes> a) dia, b) 1 Corinthians 8:1, c) summetochos: changed due to sharing or being an active-partaker together with, d) Ephesians 3:6, e) of the Holy Spirit: Ephesians 1:13 – see Promised Spirit, f) John 6:31-33, 41, 50-51, 58.
I had a vision one time where I was in my bible-study chair and a little bit of light from a high window shown through to keep me warm. It was all those years of bible study! But the walls were dark and barren! I was told to stand up and walk to a door in front of me, who I was told was Christ, open it, and walk outside. When I did, I experienced zoe genuine-life in the Spirit: The sky was incredibly blue and the vegetation was vibrantly colorful. I was full of joy and I looked up into the sky and saw what looked like diamonds floating down, but when they landed in my hand they were little flakes of bread, the Lord Jesus (a). When I ate I was filled with more joy! <Notes> a) John 6:31-33, 41, 50-51, 58.
The old covenant is about working for God as servants with our own “might and power,” but the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant is about working with God as friends (a) as “fellow workers” or “co-workers in God’s service” (b). In Matthew 19:26, Jesus told His disciples who were frustrated about how to obey God’s rules under the old covenant: “With man this is actually, ongoingly NOT powerful-enough-to-do (c), yet with/near-beside (d) God ALL things are powerful-enough-to-do (e).” This close proximity to God requires intimate fellowship. And that’s what the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant Way was to bring! <Notes> a) John 15:15, b) sunergos: 1 Corinthians 3:9; 2 Corinthians 1:24, 8:23; Romans 16:3, 9, 21; 3 John 1:8; Philemon 1:1, 24, 2:25; Colossians 4:11; Phillipians 4:3, c) adunatos, d) para, e) dunatos, the adjective of dunamis – see Spirit-power.
As Christians musicians don’t we don’t we want to play by the Spirit’s power instead of only from our own “might and power,” expressing a real friendship with God to encourage others to enter in? Don’t we want the enabling-power of His holy presence coming out thru-the-realizing-channel-of our instruments, which we acquired thru-the-realizing-channel-of the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of Him instead of settling just for the “work” of bible-study gnosis info-knowledge? Instead of us “working” so hard for God to please God, isn’t it time we fully embrace the New Covenant Way of “working with/near-beside God” as “fellow-workers,” because we feel “God’s pleasure for us through Christ?” “Everything with/near-beside God is then possible!”