The Seeds of Relationship

Rooted Through Fellowship​

Many Christians today lack a clear understanding of what "redemption" actually means and how it affects them. In its simplicity, it means "to buy back" or "to get back." That was the essence of what Jesus did for us. The goal of redemption was that relationship between the Father and man would be restored. Man would have the opportunity to legally become a child of God, and, from that relationship, he would live in close fellowship with the Father. It would be a fellowship defined by love and freedom. 

Base scripture: 
John 3:3,5 (NAS)  -- “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."

Two key elements characterize redemption: relationship and fellowship.

  • Relationship: Relationship established something called "sonship," whereby man, through salvation, would legally become a child of God. He would be a partaker of His nature; heirs and joint-heirs with Jesus. Sonship is based upon legal grounds – there is no question about our legal standing in God’s family. When you are born again, you become a son.

  • The problem of sin (separation from God) was settled in redemption; it had to be settled on legal grounds so that God could impart His nature to man, thereby making him a new creation. Our spirit must be in perfect harmony with the Father and His Word; man must become an actual child of God just as Jesus was in His earth walk. The ‘New Creation’ that I become when God’s nature enters me is all of God, brought about by the Word and the Holy Spirit. It is a God-planned and God-executed relationship.

  • Fellowship: Fellowship means sharing together; a partnership. It is an equal exchange between two people, each giving of their best towards a common goal. It suggests "communion," such as a marriage ceremony where the two pour into the same cup, and they become perfectly one in the blending -- "the two shall become one flesh." When Jesus said, "I am the vine, you are the branches...", He was referencing the fellowship that should exist between Him and us.

 

Marriage paints the picture of the blending of relationship and fellowship.

  • When we say our marriage vows, we embrace the new identities of husband and wife. This new relationship is defined legally as marriage. However, I really don’t know what it means to be a good wife or husband until I get into fellowship with my marriage partner. It is through fellowship that the truths and nuances of my new identity are revealed and the opportunity is presented for me to step into the reality of this new identity.

 

Fellowship with Father God is possible because righteousness has been restored.

  • There can be no fellowship between man and the Father unless we can stand in the presence of God without consciousness of guilt and sin. (Job 33:26 - “He restores unto man his righteousness.”) As soon as we are recreated, the Father begins the process of introducing us to our new identity by allowing the truths of this new identity to make our thinking new.

  • Romans 12:2 - “Be not fashioned according to this age; but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

  • Transformed is the same Greek word as transfigured. The renewing of our minds will be atransfiguration of our minds. It is a complete change of form or appearance into a more beautiful or spiritual state.

  • The word "transfigured" in the Greek is "metamorpho" and it means to transform, or to change into another form. It also means to change the outside to match the inside.

  • The prefix "meta" means to change, and "morphe" means form. In the case of the transfiguration of Jesus, it means to match the outside with the reality of the inside; to change the outward so that it matches the inward reality. Jesus' divine nature was "veiled" in human form, and the transfiguration was a glimpse of that glory. When we allow our minds to be changed into another form (God's thinking), our outside will match the reality of the inside, and we position ourselves to give others a glimpse of the glory.

 

When our minds are renewed based on our sonship, we can take our place as a son, enjoying a son’s rights and privileges. 

  • The mind is going to be renewed by the spirit, but it is through our meditation on the Word and our practicing the Word. Continually living in this cycle puts us in perfect fellowship with our recreated spirit and with the Word.

  • Few believers have a renewed mind and, consequently, only a few of them ever get into the deep things of God. It is only as our mind is renewed that we discover the riches of His grace and that our prayer life becomes a reality.

  • Christianity is the life of God imparted to a man, plus the wealth of the riches of God’s nature. It lifts us out of the natural and into the supernatural. When our minds are renewed based on our sonship rights, we can take our place as a son, enjoying a son’s rights and privileges. This comes when we lose our sin consciousness. Righteousness isn’t doing right deeds; it’s the ability to stand in the Father’s presence without a sense of guilt or sin.

 

Satan cannot attack our relationship with the Father because it's established on legal grounds; he can, however, try to sabotage our fellowship.

  • Example: As a parent, your child will always be your child. The father/child or mother/child relationship is legally binding. However, if you never talk or interact with your child, you have no fellowship with them; you don't really get to know them. Therefore, your relationship is intact, but your fellowship is strained.

  • An important reason that we, as New Creations, are to be free from sin-consciousness is that we are no longer to be held in bondage to Satan’s condemnation. God does not want us enveloped in guilt and sin-consciousness thinking. However, freedom from guilt and sin consciousness only comes through fellowship with Father by allowing our minds to be transformed.

  • Romans 8:1 - “There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.”

  • Ephesians 4:24 - “And put on the New Man that after God has been created in righteousness and holiness of truth.”

  • As the Father walks us into our new identity in Him, we are afforded the right to elect whether we are going to follow His leading. 1 Samuel 5:22 says, “Obedience is better than sacrifice." There are times when the Father will want to introduce us to a new truth or get us to shed an aspect of our character that is not a part of His nature. Rather than sacrificing (praying longer, going to an extra Bible study, reading an extra chapter of the Word), He implores us to be obedient because it is in the submission that we realize change and are transformed in our attitudes, behaviors and emotions.

  • If we are looking for more of God, we cannot change the relationship (Jesus has already completed this, and both our sonship and grace have been legally established through His finished work); but we can influence the fellowship. As we spend more time in His Word and live from a place of obedience, we create a fluid space for the influence of the Spirit in our lives and in our world.

 

It is through the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness that we reign as kings in life – as conquerors and overcomers.

  • Romans 5:17 - “For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”

  • When we come to the knowledge of what Jesus has provided for us relationally (legally), and we begin to walk into it through fellowship (righteousness), we move into the Father’s design for living.

 

As born again believers, our relationship with God has been firmly and legally established. We are children of God; that can never change. But the key to growth and transformation is fellowship. In fellowship, we get to know God intimately and personally. We talk to Him, and He talks to us. We grow and transform and begin to reflect His glory to the world around us.  Don't let the enemy steal your fellowship - stay connected to God and enjoy your unique relationship with Him.

 

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