Relationship and Fellowship
We have found that sonship without fellowship would neither satisfy the heart of the Father nor the heart of His Child. Fellowship must be based upon absolutely sure grounds so the child may know that he can go into the Father’s presence with the same freedom that your child enters your presence. It must not be based upon grounds of pity or sufferance but on the ground of love’s own relationship. The old idea of prayer doesn’t fit into this new unveiling of love’s ground work in redemption. The Father is love, and He has given us His love nature, so fellowship is as natural as breathing.
The Word teaches us how to maintain our fellowship and how to regain it if we should lose it. Fellowship with the Father is the very heart of a prayer life. There can be no vigorous faith exercised without a rich fellowship existing between the two. We may know that we are His children. We may know our legal rights, but if our fellowship has been broken it shatters our faith, and fills us with fear and dread. Then maintaining our fellowship is one of the most important facts of this spiritual life. Job 33:26 “He restoreth unto man his righteousness.”
There can be no fellowship unless man can stand in the presence of God the Father without the consciousness of guilt of sin or of inferiority. Man must become a new creation. John 3:3-8 “Jesus answered and said unto him “Truly,truly I say unto you except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God”. Nicodemus saith unto him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?” Jesus answered, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” James 1:18 “A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.” Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” Hebrews 9:9 “Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience.”-2-Hebrews 9:14 “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” Hebrews 10:1-3 “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? Because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.” The new creation is to be from sin consciousness so that the believer is no longer held in bondage to satan’s condemnation.
We not only have righteousness reckoned to us, but we have righteousness imparted to us in the new creation. II Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Ephesians 4:24 “And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Isn’t that exciting!!-3-The very fact of a new creation and of sonship demands a perfect righteousness. Could you think of a son who could not stand in his Father’s presence? Sonship would have no meaning, no significance whatever. We have now a perfect relationship. God is our very Father; we are his very sons and daughters. Our relationship cannot be challenged because it is based upon the finished work of Christ. God has wrought it Himself. When we accepted Christ as our Saviour and confessed Him as our Lord, then God Himself, through the Word, by the Holy Spirit’s energy Recreated us, imparting to us His own nature, Eternal Life. John 6:47 “He that believeth hath eternal life.” I John 5:13 “These things have I written unto you, that ye may know that ye have eternal life, even unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God.” John 5:24 “He that heareth my word, and believeth him that sent me, hath eternal life, and cometh not into judgment, but hath passed out of death into life.” The death out of which he has passed is spiritual death, union with satan. He has passed out of that, by being born out of it. Now he is in the realm of supernatural Life. Romans 5:17 (Weymouth’s trans.) “For if, through the transgression of the one individual. Death made us of the one individual to seize the sovereignty, all the more shall those who receive God’s overflowing grace and gift of righteousness reign as kings in Life through the one individual, Jesus Christ.” Here we get the whole picture: Through the abundance of grace and the gift of Righteousness we reign as Kings in the realm of Life - as conquerors, as overcomers. That is a triumphant flow right from the heart of the Father, not to become a fact only in Heaven, but right here and now.
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