God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our LORD. 1 Corinthians 1:9
This fellowship with Jesus we are called into is by virtue of being brought into UNION with Him by the Holy Spirit, where He lives in us and we in Him – Christ IN you, the hope of glory.
It’s not a fellowship you can visit or attend, it is a fellowship which is your very BEING and IDENTITY and LIFE, your very HEART. Christ IN you should define your life now – who you are, and what you do with your short time here.
Last night we were enjoying some sweet fellowship with some of our friends, and we discussed this fellowship of Jesus. I mentioned that the reason we talk about Jesus all the time, and He is our message, is that He lives in us. His LIFE and PRESENCE in us determines how we live and what we do. When He lives in a person, and that person has been brought into fellowship with Him, then naturally, Jesus will have the preeminence, if it’s TRULY the LORD of GLORY we fellowship with.
A walk of faith, to walk in the Spirit, means to live in fellowship with Jesus. Living in the flesh means not living in fellowship with Jesus. An unstable and unfruitful Christian is one who is “in and out” of fellowship with Jesus.
The exact kind of sweet fellowship we have with the LORD Jesus, He wants us to have with His people, His body. He wants us to understand how we cannot separate loving His people and loving Him - fellowship with Him and fellowship with His Body. If we don’t want to fellowship with His people, then He takes it that we don’t want fellowship with Him, for it is the same thing.
He wants, and requires, that His Church function AS the Body of Christ, with every part contributing. We are simply to LIVE-OUT of what God has established as true. God brought you into Christ, and caused Christ to be in you. So then, live according to that fact. Similarly, God made us to be the Body of Christ, so we should simply live according to that fact. That’s what faith is. You’re just agreeing with, and accepting, and embracing what God has done. Not trying to achieve anything.
We get together with Jesus people and fellowship with them bcos God has made us ONE with them, in His Son. God has done this, so we simply agree and live according to that fact.
Verily I say unto you, whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth concerning anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father who is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:18-20
Jesus always fellowships with us, and when we are lonely only His sweet fellowship will comfort us. YET He reserves an even greater fellowship which is revealed when we fellowship with His Body. When we gather in Jesus name, that is, representing Him and His Kingdom interests and participating with Him (so that we pray together in agreement for His will to be done – doing the Father’s business), then He is manifest in a much greater way than when we are alone. He is always with us, but when we want to be with His people, then He is manifest in a much greater dimension. He always has fellowship with us, but when we want to truly fellowship with His people then He fellowships with us in a much greater realm, and He is revealed (John 17:21-23).
So true fellowship with Jesus in the midst is FAR more than mere socializing. It is participating together as ONE in His fellowship, in His purpose. True fellowship will leave you FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, where mere socializing cannot.
True fellowship with one another is REALLY fellowship with Him. It is Jesus manifest in us and thru us together, which IS the fellowship. He is our fellowship. It’s Him. It’s not us.
And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. Acts 2:42
They lived according to the fact that Jesus Christ was truly living in them.