Fellowship – BT5
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Vertical fellowship with God to deal with sin affects our horizontal fellowship with others.
Our vertical fellowship with God also naturally affects our horizontal fellowship with God’s other family members (a), by “remembering/discerning together Christ’s physical body and/or spiritual Body/Church through the Lord’s Supper that they should be devoted to koinonia commune through (b) and be changed-sharers in” (f), and again be “changed-sharers (f) of the Lord’s table” (g). During this they should also be devoted to sharing in proseuchomai conversational-praying and eating together (c), especially at their love feasts (d). That’s why John can say that “routinely walking [all around] in darkness” (i), which in the context refers to hating fellow Christians (j), proves that we don’t really have koinonia fellowship with God or Christ “in the light,” even if we say we do, and proves that we really haven’t horao observed/perceived-known/discerned or experientially, relationally ginosko knowing either God or Christ (e). For more about discernment – see New Covenant Ways – BT16. “Unity of peace” with God and others comes from the singular fruit of the Holy Spirit that is unconditional-love (h). <Notes> a) 1 John 1:3, b) 1 Corinthians 10:16-17, Acts 2:42, c) Acts 2:42, d) 1 Corinthians 11:20-21, 33, e) 1 John 3:6-9, f) metochos: changed due to sharing or being an active-partaker with, g) 1 Corinthians 10:21, h) Galatians 5:22; Colossians 3:14; Romans 14:17, 15:13; Ephesians 4:3, i) 1 John 1:6, j) especially 1 John 2:9, 11, 3:14-15, and 4:20.
Division is the opposite of peace that Jesus created by His very coming – the believers from unbelievers (c), “might and power” soulish living from “by My Spirit” living (d), and the church from dividers of the church (e). Paul admitted that “there must be divisions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be publically-apparent” (f). Our outward actions reflect our inward reality, no matter how hypocritically we live. Jesus said, “You will recognize them by their fruits” (a). James says “demons believe” so “faith without [proving Christian] works is dead” (b). <Notes> a) Matthew 7:16, 20, b) James 2:14, 17, 19, 26, c) Luke 12:51, d) Hebrews 4:12: Christ, “the Logos message of God that is living and active” is so “sharp” that it “pierces to dividing the soul and the spirit/Spirit [of man] . . . the [soulish] thoughts and [spirit/Spirit] intentions of the heart,” e) Romans 16:17; 1 Corinthians 1:10, 11:18, 12:25; Galatians 5:20; Titus 3:10; Jude 1:19, f) phaneros: shining, apparent, manifest, publicly evident, plainly recognized or known: 1 Corinthians 11:19.
Sin, falling short of the ‘mark or target’ God has for mankind, is the result of “not in fact scrutinizing/examining-in-order-to-prove-genuine to hold/retain God in their genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge, so God gives them over to a reprobate/depraved mind to do those things that should not be done” (a). In other words, they once had intimate fellowship with God (early in human history or even as a child), but didn’t want to “look into” holding onto that! The result is a mind that drags them down into the gutter! But knowing about the commandments of God’s Law only brings us into intimate knowing of sin – not God, which then actually increases sin (b). John makes it clear that the “practice of sin” comes from not “abiding in Christ” but being “of/belonging to the devil who has never stopped sinning” (c). Jesus warned: “If you routinely remain in Me and I in you, you will actually, ongoingly produce much fruit for without Me you are not in fact powerfuly-enabled to actually, ongoingly do/make [fruit]” (d). <Notes> a) Romans 1:28, b) Romans 3:20, 5:20, c) 1 John 3:6-8, d) John 15:5.
Sin comes from looking for zoe genuine-life in all the wrong places instead of fellowship with God! Jesus clarifies for us: “Now this 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” (a). Let’s just face it: We can all get bored with the routines of life, but if the lack of joy from being disconnected from the Spirit of joy (b) builds up, we can be tempted to find it somewhere else – in “the fleeting pleasures of sin” (c). All of us have experienced this “escapism!” <Notes> a) John 17:3; Jeremiah 31:34; Hosea 6:3; 2 Peter 1:2-3, 2:20; Philippians 3:8, b) Proverbs 17:22; Acts 13:52; Romans 14:17; Galatians 5:22; 1 Thessalonians 1:6, c) Hebrews 11:25.
So how do we get back into fellowship with God? By trying harder with our “might and power” to obey God’s “Law of commandments expressed in ordinances” (a)? No! That’s OT religion! Paul says: “Now the Law came in to increase/multiple the trespasses” (b) since “thru-the-realizing-channel-of the Law [is] the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of sin” (c) – it wasn’t meant to stop sin but brings us into the experience of even more sin! That’s why it’s called the “Law of sin and death” (d)! “The Law was added for the sake/cause of (e) transgressions [from specific commandments] UNTIL the ‘offspring’ should come to Whom (f) the promise had been made” (g). Paul says the “offspring” is Jesus Christ! “The [OT] Law was our legally-appointed paidogogos child-educator/superintendent-guardian UNTIL Christ came in order that [now] we might be justified/made-righteous by trusting-relying-faith, but now that trusting-relying-faith has come, we are no longer in fact under a paidogogos . . . but are sons (i) of God” (h). Paul clarifies our sonship: “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God” (j). Our inheritance we can claim only when we are free, mature “sons” didn’t come by the “slave children” under the Law (k). Sonship inheritance only came through Jesus as the “mediator of a New Covenant” (l). <Notes> a) Ephesians 2:15, b) Romans 5:20, c) Romans 3:2, d) Romans 7:23, 25, 8:22, e) adverb charin from charis unconditional-favor-of-grace that furnishes the reason to take action of, f) Galatians 3:16: Jesus, the Christ, g) Galatians 3:19, h) Galatians 3:24-26, i) huios: although we are adopted sons, we are NOW under the New Covenant made to share the same nature as their Father, j) Romans 8:14, k) Galatians 3:18, 4:30; Ephesians 1:11-18, l) Hebrews 9:15, 10:36, 11:8; Acts 20:32; Exodus 32:13; Colossians 3:23-24; 1 Peter 1:4.
So how do we get back into fellowship with God? By abiding/remaining in Christ by trusting/relying pistis faith! And we know that pistis is a relationship word with people, not objects! John warns: “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works [of sin] of the devil – no one born/begotten out-of God ongoingly sins because God’s sperma seed (the life of the Holy Spirit) ongoingly remains in Him, and so he cannot in fact ongoingly be [a passive victim] of sinning . . . we know that everyone who has been born/begotten out-of God does not in fact ongoing sin, but the One who was [and routinely is] born/begotten out-of God (Christ) protects him, and/so the evil one does not in fact touch-to-modify him” (a). <Notes> a) 1 John 3:8-9, 5:18.
Paul warns about sin: “God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: ‘The Lord actually, definitively, wholly, experientially, relationally ginosko knows who are His” and/coupled ‘Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must depart/stand-off/withdrawal/desist from injustice/unrighteousness’” (f). Jesus warns about sin: “Abide/remain in Me, as I also abide/remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you abide/remain in Me. I am the Vine; you are the branches. If you abide/remain in Me and I in you, you shall indeed bear much fruit, but apart from me you can do nothing” (d). Paul also warns: “Whatever does not proceed from trusting/relying faith [in Christ] is sin” (a). Peter also reminds Christians already born because of trusting/relying faith that they were “given exceedingly great and precious promises that thru-the-realizing-channel-of these you might be koinonia partakers of the divine nature [by] definitively, wholly, routinely escaping the corruption that is in the world in/by/with/because of lust” (b). In other words, God has given us a “toolkit” to use to stay in fellowship with God thru trusting/relying faith in Christ to abide in Christ. The Lord told me in a vision that this go to Him regularly in proseuche conversational-prayer for intimate fellowship! This is where we are transformed into His likeness (e) <Notes> a) Romans 14:23, b) 2 Peter 1:4, c) like trusting/relying faith from 2 Peter 1:5, d) John 15:4-5, e) 2 Corinthians 3:18; Romans 12:2, f) 2 Timothy 2:19.
As Christian musicians, how is our playing going to express fellowship with God’s people in worship services if we really don’t have intimate fellowship with God? If we are “at war” with some Christians, how can we say that we love God when we hate His children? The closer we fellowship with God, the more the Spirit’s “unity of peace” we will naturally have. However, not all division is wrong! The Spirit is constantly dividing between the genuine and the fake! Jesus’ very coming was intended to separate the goats from the sheep! Sin causes us to excuse, deny, or run from the truth about fellowship with a holy God. When we break from the genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of God and settle for anything less, God gives us over to a depraved mind that leads to sinful actions. The Law of commandments just throws gas onto the fire! We look for zoe genuine-live in all the wrong places, which leads us toward death. Trying harder to obey only entrenches the sin. The “work of Christ to destroy the works of the devil” proves that we are God’s children! The only way to continue producing fruit is to continue abiding/remaining in the vine of Christ. The only way to escape the condemnation of the world because of lust is to continue being partakers of the divine nature through the promise of the Holy Spirit. This continual fellowship depends on regular proseuche conversational-prayer.