Fellowship – BT3
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The beginning of fellowship with the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit
Father and Son: All the Greek words above are used in the NT for this communal fellowship with the Father (a) and with the Son, even in sharing Christ’s suffering in the midst of our persecution (b). Our vertical fellowship with God directly affects our “sharing in God’s holy nature” (g) or “being koinonia partakers of the divine nature” (d), which is the very reason we are “paideuo child-trained [by our Father] for our own good” (g), “treating us as sons” (c), “something all sons have been changed-sharers (e) in/by/with,” so that “we may not be condemned along with the world” (f). Jesus “became a changed-sharer (e) in our flesh and blood nature so that through death He might destroy him (the devil) who had the power of death” (h). <Notes> a) 1 John 1:3, 6, 7; 1 Corinthians 1:9; 2 Peter 1:2-5, b) Philippians 3:10; 2 Corinthians 1:7; Hebrews 10:32-34; 1 Peter 4:13, c) Hebrews 12:6-7, d) 2 Peter 1:4, e) metochos: changed due to sharing or being an active-partaker with, f) 1 Corinthians 11:32, g) Hebrews 12:10, h) Hebrews 2:14.
Our fellowship with the Father starts through our fellowship with the Son and this starts when we are united with Jesus in His death, burial, and resurrection during our water-baptism. That’s also when our fellowship with the Spirit begins – yes, all this during our water-baptism! “Blessed and holy/set-apart are those who routinely have/hold a share/portion (a) in the first resurrection – the second death has in fact no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him” (b). <Notes> a) meros, b) Revelation 20:6.
When does that happen? Paul explains: “Do you not know that all of us who have been water-baptized into Christ Jesus were water-baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with Him by water-baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory (a) of the Father, we too might walk/live in/by/with newness of zoe genuine-life. For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His” (b). Many verses like 1 Peter 3:21 and Mark 16:16 also say you simply cannot be saved without water-baptism because “Water-baptism . . . now saves you [v.20: like the ark safely brought Noah’s family to safety thru-the-realizing-channel-of water] . . . as an earnest-seeking-by-inquiry-for a good conscience toward/reaching God thru-the-realizing-channel-of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” Yes, this “seeking-inquiry” is exactly Romans 10:13 “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord [Jesus] shall indeed be saved” – and all through the NT the place they did that was water-baptism! <Notes> a) Holy Spirit: Romans 8:11, b) Romans 6:3-5.
As Christian musicians, don’t we want to share in God’s holy nature? If so, we must be like “little children of God” so-trained by our heavenly Father. The NT is crystal clear that our fellowship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit begins with our water-baptism. If you haven’t taken this “obedient step of faith,” how can you possibly play “by the Spirit” if you haven’t experienced the initial “filling of the Holy Spirit,” which is called “Spirit-baptism?” This is not some invisible gnosis “theology” you have to “take by faith” but a genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge that you either have or don’t. If you don’t, then all you have is playing “by might and power” of the flesh! And this is simply not the New Covenant Way!