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Fellowship with God

Copyright © Andrew J. Shreeve 2007


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. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full

1 John 1:3-4

 

The Greek word translated fellowship in the above verses is ‘koinonia’. This word has the meaning of association, communion and close relationship, as married people would enjoy. It implies the most intimate of relationships (Walter Bauer’s Greek-English Lexicon, The University of Chicago Press, 1979, pp.438-439).

 

The apostle John is writing to tell us that he has an intimate relationship with the Father God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, that is comparable to the deepest of human relationships. The depth of this fellowship with God causes those who experience it to also enter into deep communion with one another. The goal of John’s writing is that the readers may enter into this deep fellowship and through this communion have fullness of joy!

 

It is clear that a valid Christian faith involves more than religious ritual. True Christianity necessitates a living dynamic relationship with the Father and his ascended Son Jesus Christ. This fellowship is spiritual by nature as God is a spirit (John 4:24). Humans are created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26) so it is not surprising we are also a spirit. We also have a soul, and live in a body (1 Thessalonians 5:23). Christianity involves a spiritual communion with God.

 

How then do we communicate with God spiritually and enjoy the deep fellowship the apostle John is writing about? To enjoy spiritual communion we must engage in spiritual activities. Spiritual fellowship will not be achieved through activities of a primarily physical or soul/intellectual/emotional nature. In this teaching we will look at two spiritual activities which will build up our spirit and assist us to fellowship with God on his spiritual level. The two activities are: meditating the Word of God and praying in unknown tongues.

 

Meditating God’s Word

 

Without faith it is impossible to please him

Hebrews 11:6

 

Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God

Romans 10:17

 

One thing we must understand is that God’s language is faith! Without faith we cannot please God. Even the most important aspect of our eternal destiny, justification, is received through faith (Romans 5:1), as is every other promise of God’s covenant. So without faith we will never receive the Lord’s power or know his love. The source of faith is God’s Word. Therefore, meditation of God’s Word is essential for us to receive faith and please God. Without faith we will never enjoy the type of deep fellowship the apostle John is talking about. Meditation of God’s Word brings faith and is therefore an essential pre-requisite for fellowship with the Lord.

 

Jesus spoke about meditation in the following way (remember John 1:14 tells us Jesus is the Word of God!):

 

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

 

We remain in Jesus through meditating Jesus’ Word. Jesus dwells in us when his Word is alive in our heart. This is achieved through meditation. Without this fellowship with Jesus, the Word of God, we can do nothing. This means without meditation we will never enjoy deep fellowship with God.


Praying in Unknown Tongues

 

He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself

1 Corinthians 14:4

 

If I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth…I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also

1 Corinthians 14:14-15

 

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit

Ephesians 6:18

 

But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost

Jude 1:20

 

Praying in unknown tongues is praying in the spirit, or praying in the Holy Spirit. Praying in unknown tongues is a gift of the Holy Spirit given to Christian believers when they are baptised with the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5, 2:4, 10:45-46, 19:6). Paul the apostle wrote I would that ye all spake with tongues (1 Corinthians 14:5) and I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all (1 Corinthians 14:18). Jesus, the Head of the church, said these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name…they shall speak with new tongues (Mark 16:17).

 

Scripture instructs Christian believers to receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit and then to exercise the gift of praying in unknown tongues. One of the benefits of this ‘spiritual’ prayer is spiritual edification, which is the building up of our spirit. Praying in unknown tongues builds up our spirit and brings us into a deeper spiritual fellowship with God. Notice Jude 1:20-21 says praying in the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God. As we pray in the spirit we open our spirit to God, who is a Spirit. Praying in tongues involves yielding to the Holy Spirit, as we are receiving and exercising HIS gift. Praying in tongues is spiritual fellowship with God. God is love (1 John 4:8) and as we commune with love, through praying in tongues, we are better able to keep ourselves in his love.

 

Conclusion: the Lord desires deep intimate fellowship with us. As the Lord is a Spirit, and we are a spirit, this fellowship is spiritual by nature. Two primary ways to develop and edify our spirits are meditating God’s Word and praying in unknown tongues. Meditation of the Word of God brings us into faith, which pleases God. Praying in unknown tongues edifies our spirit, keeping us in God’s love. Both these spiritual exercises are a form of spiritual communion with the Lord, enabling us to enter into deep spiritual communication and fellowship with Him.

 

Make the decision today to join with us in enjoying intimate spiritual fellowship with the Lord. Keep yourself in the love of God. May your joy be full!

Love, Andrew.

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