Fellowship – BT4
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Growing our fellowship with the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit
Now that we are a Christian, our fellowship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit grows by only one thing that I could find in the NT – sharing zoe genuine-life together through proseuchomai conversational-praying. Out of 5 early Church “devotions” (c) that is what is mentioned most (a) and commanded to be practiced the most frequently, even routinely as expressed by the Greek present participle (b). Tragically, this is one of the last priorities in many churches! But I’ve dedicated the Conversational-Prayer page to this – it is radically changing my life! <Notes> a) Acts 1:14, 2:42, 6:4; 1 Corinthians 7:5, b) Luke 11:9, 18:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Romans 12:12; Ephesians 6:18; Colossians 4:2; Philippians 4:6; 1 Timothy 2:1, c) proskartereo: earnest towards, persevering, constantly diligent, attend assiduously.
After a very long study on “The Plan A of God,” I found that Jesus came to “save or restore” God’s original “Plan A” given for the “least among you to the greatest” and simple enough for even “little children” so that no partiality is shown (a). God had spelled it out to Moses to present to His people in Exodus 20:18-21 at Mt. Sinai, a plan for God to speak to the people directly (that’s prophetic rhema words) to “inspect them closely” in order to “purge sin from them,” a plan that the people rejected but Moses obeyed. Thus only Moses received the benefits of a direct personal fellowship with God, and the people got what they wanted instead – a religion of indirect communication with God, delivered by Moses as a go-between mediary, rules written down as scripture, gnosis info-knowledge secondarily taught by a hierarchy of fallible humans down “from the greatest to the least.” But Jesus restored how God’s little children were to relate to their Heavenly Father – by the means of the “obedience of faith” where the righteous ones live by trusting-relying-faith, from one step of faith to another,” which is the very thesis (b) of Paul’s “Book of Romans,” the gospel explained to the entire Gentile world! <Notes> a) Luke 20:21; Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; Galatians 2:6; James 2:1, b) Romans 1:5, 17, 16:26.
God’s original “Plan A” still is to have: a genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge that is an abundantly fulfilling, powerfully transforming, and abiding fellowship with God thru: Coming near to God with simple, child-like trusting-relying-faith and relentless boldness thru: A devoted, restful-waiting, still-watching, quietly-listening, worshipful, conversational-prayer dialogue where any routine ‘asking, seeking, and knocking’ is for God’s Holy Spirit to fill us with all the fullness of God Himself!
The Lord has shared with me several times as I was landscaping and watering, that genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of Him requires the same attention, the same cultivation, and the same care for this relationship knowledge to grow. There are no short cuts. This is not a “lump-sum event” or instant download that you have to just “take by faith” happened, but comes progressively and experientially during fellowship. It’s like any intimate, love relationship – you need to spend regular, quality time just being together, optanomai gazing in awe with wide-open eyes into each other’s eyes (a), holding hands, really akouo listening to each other, and just enjoying doing things together. The Hebrew idiom “drawing near/close to” (b) God is exactly the meaning of fellowship with God in proseuchomai conversational-prayer. This is also where all the “work” gets done from God by the means of His Spirit. And it’s where we really learn to worship! <Notes> a) Matthew 5:8; John 16:22; Romans 15:21; Acts 13:31; 1 John 3:2, b) eggizo into the very presence: James 4:8; 1 Peter 4:7; Hebrews 7:19, and proserchomai: Hebrews 7:25. Proserchomai: a Hebraism for “seeking an audience with, approaching, inquiring of, calling on to visit, or be heard by” God, thus closely akin in spelling and meaning to proseuche conversational-prayer and proskuneo worship
In Revelation 2:4-5, Jesus warns a region of churches, headed by one of the oldest churches Ephesus: “I have this against you: You have abandoned The Unconditional-Love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent (a), and do the ‘works’ you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent (a).” The “light” Christians and churches are to “let shine before others, like a lamp on a stand, so that the world may see your good ‘doings’ and give glory to your Father in heaven” (b) sure isn’t OT ‘works,’ but the ‘works or doings’ that are associated with “The Unconditional-Love that you had at first.” When you first fall in love with someone, what is it that you “do” most of? We talked about this above – being, watching, listening, laughing, loving, living – all really with each other! I really didn’t understand this passage until after I had been married about 5 years and kind of fell into a “rut” of just going through the routines of life with my wife, the house, our jobs, etc. Ephesus also fell into that “hard work and perseverance . . . having endured hardships for My name sake and have not grown weary” routine. The Lord talked to me at length one morning about “remembering back to those first things we did together,” and I took this to mean my wife and I, so this was a good exercise for me to improve my marriage, but He said: “No,’ and then He reminded me of this Revelation 2:4-5 passage above I hadn’t read in years! Then He said, “A lot of churches just like a lot of Christians are in that same place.” I knew the Lord was getting me back on track, telling me what His priorities are – it’s a fellowship of unconditional-love! Otherwise the “good works” turn into a duty and drudgery! <Notes> a) metanoia: an after-effect of mind/heart/inner man, implying an internal change after an activity, where the ‘activity’ is defined by the context – see Surrender Control, b) Matthew 5:14-16.
Peter believes that if we have genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of the Father and the Son, then we’ll have unconditional-favor-of-grace and peace multiplied to us, and then God’s Spirit-power will [as it has already] grant us all things pertaining to zoe genuine-life and godly reverence, along with His great precious promises, so that we can be koinonos partakers of God’s divine nature in order to escape the corruption of the world (a). Yes, zoe genuine-life starts and grows with the epignosis relational experience, just as Jesus said: “Now this is/is-defined-as actually, ongoingly the everlasting, zoe genuine life – that they might ongoingly experientially, relationally ginosko know You the only true God and/coupled who You actually, already sent: Jesus Christ” (b). <Notes> a) 2 Peter 1:2-5, b) John 17:3.
We are also to ongoingly fellowship with the Holy Spirit! “God also bore witness by signs, wonders, and various miracles and/coupled by grace-gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed down-from/according-to His will” (a) to these same Jewish-Christians “who having already been enlightened, who have already tasted the heavenly grace-gift and/coupled have already been changed-sharers (b) in the Holy Spirit and/coupled have already tasted the goodness of the logos gospel message of God and/coupled the enabling-power [of the Holy Spirit] of the age that is arriving” (c). From Hebrews 3:1, these Jewish-Christian “holy brethren were changed-sharers (b) in a heavenly calling,” because “we have already become changed-sharers (b) with Christ – if in fact we hold our beginning confidence (e) until the end” (d) <Notes> a) Hebrews 2:4, b) metochos: changed due to sharing or being an active-partaker with, c) Hebrews 6:4, d) Hebrews 3:1, 14, e) hupostasis: ‘standing under’ a guaranteed agreement, a title-deed or legal claim to precious promises or property, thus entitling someone to what is guaranteed under the particular agreement. We are only entitled to God’s “precious promises” (2 Peter 1:4) if what we do “proceeds from faith” (Romans 14:23), for “without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6).
As Christian musicians, our playing must be birthed and growing from regular fellowship with God and the only NT earnest, persevering, diligent “devotion” that was commanded the most that early Christians practiced the most, was “drawing near to God” proseuche conversational-prayer but this is not primarily deesis asking-supplication prayer that religion has converted it into! God’s “Plan A” was always to speak prophetic rhema words directly to His people. Whenever we refuse to enter His presence to be “taught by God” due to unbelief, shame from sin, or fear of judgment, we will end up with second-hand gnosis info-knowledge at best through a hierarchy of authoritative teachers who will introduce error, but it sure won’t be transforming fellowship with God! No, first-hand knowledge is genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge that is only acquired in intimate-love fellowship through proseuche conversational-prayer – real quality time for lovers to build a relationship with! Many older Christians and churches fall into the “routines of marriage” and need to “repent, and do the first things” that lovers do! That’s where we actually experience God’s unconditional-favor-of-grace, restful-peace, Spirit-power, and precious promises so that we can actually share in God’s holy nature and zoe genuine-life, including the Spirit’s grace-gifts and signs & wonders.